Lauren Beyea, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing
Ford’s Theatre 511 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2016
FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY PARTNERS WITH FOOD & FRIENDS ON DONATION DRIVE THROUGH PERFORMANCES OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Since 2009, company of A Christmas Carol has raised more than $550,000 for local charities
Washington, D.C. — Ford’s Theatre Society announced that the company of the 2016 production of A Christmas Carol is partnering with Food & Friends to create a donation drive inspired by the themes of charity in Dickens’s holiday classic. Food & Friends is a community organization dedicated to delivering nearly 1 million specialized meals and groceries each year to those with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. During the curtain calls for performances of A Christmas Carol, the company will collect monetary donations on behalf of the Washington-based non-profit.
Patrons also can make donations through the Ford’s Theatre Box Office. All donation checks should be made payable to "Food & Friends."
A Christmas Carol plays at Ford’s Theatre from November 17 through December 31, 2016. Tickets are available for sale at https://events.fords.org/productions/a-christmas-carol.
Since 2009 and in the spirit of giving and charity expressed in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Ford’s audiences, cast, crew and staff have collected more than half-a-million dollars for charities N Street Village, Bread for the City, Covenant House Washington, Martha’s Table, Miriam’s Kitchen, So Others Might Eat (SOME) and Thrive DC. Funds directly help these organizations sustain the thousands within the D.C.-area who struggle with hunger, illness and homelessness.
"We are glad to partner with Food & Friends for this year’s donation drive and to support their efforts, which provide thousands of meals daily to our Washington neighbors in need," said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault.
"Food & Friends is honored to receive this generous support from Ford’s Theatre Society and the broader community," said Executive Director of Food & Friends Craig Shniderman. "Funds raised through these performances make it possible for us to provide specialized nutrition A Christmas Carol Charity Announcement 2016: Food & Friends
and meal delivery services to our clients confronting life-challenging illnesses this holiday season."
Ford’s Theatre Society
Since reopening in 1968, more than a hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre has celebrated Lincoln’s legacy and explored the American experience through theatre and education. Under the leadership of Director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford’s Theatre has been recognized for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith, Necessary Sacrifices, The Widow Lincoln and The Guard, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape. For its accomplishments, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts. For more information, visit www.fords.org.
Food & Friends
Food & Friends is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that provides home-delivered, specialized meals and nutrition counseling to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Food & Friends’ services are free of charge to recipients who qualify solely based on their health status and nutritional need. Monday-Saturday, including holidays, staff and volunteers deliver to 5,300 square miles including the District of Columbia, seven counties in Maryland, and seven counties and six independent cities in Virginia. Since 1988, Food & Friends has delivered more than 19 million meals to 28,700 individuals. For more information, please visit www.foodandfriends.org, Facebook (/foodandfriends), Twitter (@foodandfriends) or Instagram (@foodandfriendsdc).