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A NEW WAY TO SAY 'THANK YOU' to VETERANS

Brown Paper Tickets Announces Partnership with Veteran Tickets
Foundation For Donations

Ticket Donations May Top 500,000 Per Year; Spread Giving From
Domestic to Global Level

July 4, 2012 (SEATTLE) Brown Paper Tickets, the world's only fair-trade ticketing company, has announced a partnership with Veteran Tickets Foundation, also known as "Vet Tix," to provide a new, easy way for anyone producing an event and their ticket-buyers to donate tickets to U.S. veterans. The partnership is expected to double the number of tickets being donated to active military, veterans and their families in its first year, and to allow Vet Tix to bring donations of tickets to U.S. military personnel to a global level. Donations to Vet Tix will be enabled on the Brown Paper Tickets website on Saturday, August 4.

"The number of tickets donated could easily be as high as 500,000 per year," said William S. Jordan, founder and president of Brown Paper Tickets. "Many event promoters are attracted to Brown Paper Tickets because of our business ethos of giving back, as we make a donation to charity with every ticket sale. The same motivations that bring artists, promoters, venues and ticket buyers to our site may inspire them to join us in saying 'thank you' to those who have served our country in the U.S. military."

"Veteran Tickets Foundation is delighted that Brown Paper Tickets has offered to partner with us by creating a portal for event producers and ticket buyers to make donations to our foundation," said CEO and Founder of Vet Tix Michael Focareto. " We'd like to thank Brown Paper Tickets for believing in our mission of giving something to those who have given so much."

Vet Tix held its first event for veterans exactly four years ago, on July 4, 2008. Focareto attended the Super Bowl that year, and noticed that the seat next to him was left empty throughout the entire event. He wondered why the seat could not have been given to one of the military members who presented on the field before the game started. He vowed to find a way for those opportunities not to go to waste, and Vet Tix was born.

Since 2008, Vet Tix has given 405,263 event tickets in all 50 States and Washington, DC to U.S. military, veterans and their families, with an estimated face value of more than $10 million. Those who receive tickets must be active duty U.S. military, a veteran, a spouse or a primary next of kin of someone who was killed in action, to qualify for Vet Tix. Those who qualify are encouraged to sign up for Vet Tix benefits at http://www.vettix.org/signup.php.

Brown Paper Tickets will have the Vet Tix donation option available as part of its event creation tools on August 4, 2012. At that time, promoters of events anywhere in the world may choose to donate tickets to Vet Tix to give to U.S. Military, wherever they may be stationed. They will also be able to allow their ticket-buyers to donate or purchase extra tickets to be donated to veterans.

"Many of our events are produced by people actively involved in the military, especially those who participate in Roller Derby," Jordan said. "We are proud to join Vet Tix in helping others to say thank you to those who have served our country, and we think that there are many Americans using Brown Paper Tickets who will want to donate tickets to those stationed at U.S. military bases all over the world."

About Vet Tix: Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) is a national 501c3 that gives donated tickets to veterans, active duty members and their families as a way of saying thank you. Our purpose is to "Give something to those who gave" by giving these individuals an opportunity to put life's stresses aside, if even for one night and have a good time with their families and friends.

About Brown Paper Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com) revolutionized the ticketing industry by putting professional tools for ticketing any-sized gathering in the hands of everyone with access to the Internet, and championed the rights of ticket-buyers with the lowest fee in the industry. Brown Paper Tickets provides free customer service and marketing support in English, Spanish and French through its live, in-house 24/7 call center. Donation tools, ticketing directly from the event owner's website, and MailChimp email marketing integration make selling tickets to your workshop, networking event, class, sporting event or fundraiser as easy as a few clicks. Brown Paper Tickets is the world's only fair-trade ticketing company, and aspires to inspire giving by donating a portion of each ticket sale to charity, paying its employees to work 40 hours each year for the charity of their choice, and employing a team of "Doers" to make a difference and to lend a hand to our neighbors. Brown Paper Tickets cares about people over profit, gives back, positively influences communities and hopes to inspire other businesses to do the same.
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