Nationally recognized Tony Award-winning not-for-profit theater to donate a total of six (6) subscriptions to the 2013/14 season at La Jolla Playhouse.
SAN DIEGO, CA – April 30, 2013 – DonorNation, the world’s first and leading online philanthropic marketplace that benefits K12 schools today announced that La Jolla Playhouse has joined DonorNation’s 2013 San Diego County School Volunteer of the Year Award effort (www.schoolvolunteeraward.org).
“La Jolla Playhouse is excited to be working with DonorNation School to support the 2013 San Diego School Volunteer of the Year Award,” said ‘Michael S. Rosenberg, Playhouse Managing Director. “Our involvement with this important effort is a perfect complement to our mission of promoting and fostering arts education in our schools.”
The Award is open to all San Diego County preschool through grade 12 schools, both public and private. The selection process for the award consists of three distinct phases. The nomination phase ended April 19. The public voting phase began on April 22 and will run through May 17. Beginning May 17, 2013, a Selection Committee made up of prominent San Diego residents will review the field of submissions and identify the Grand Prize Winner, First Runner-up and Second Runner-up.
The Grand Prize winner’s school will receive a $5,000 donation in the winner’s name from DonorNation, 2 subscriptions to the 2013/2014 Season at La Jolla Playhouse and one (1) year’s worth of free groceries ($100 per week for 52 weeks) from Sprouts Farmers Market.
The First Runner-up’s school will receive a $2,500 donation in the winner’s name from DonorNation, 2 subscriptions to the 2013/2014 Season at La Jolla Playhouse and six (6) months’ worth of free groceries ($100 per week for 26 weeks) from Sprouts Farmers Market.
The Second Runner-up’s school will receive a $1,500 donation in the winner’s name from DonorNation, 2 subscriptions to the 2013/2014 Season at La Jolla Playhouse and three (3) months’ worth of free groceries ($100 per week for 13 weeks) from Sprouts Farmers Market.
“We are honored to have such a distinguished and respected organization join us for this very worthy cause,” said Karim Pirani, Founder and CEO of DonorNation. “La Jolla Playhouse has a long history of philanthropic activities. We look forward to their involvement with the 2013 School Volunteer of the Year Award and to a long and mutually rewarding relationship going forward.”
Because of today’s challenging economy, communities are relying more and more on volunteers to step up and dedicate their valuable time to ensure that our schools have the necessary resources to provide quality education and activities for our children. Sprouts Farmers’ Market is also joining hands with DonorNation to support San Diego County’s school volunteers.
“Sprouts is delighted to have this opportunity to give back to the communities we serve,” said Doug Sanders, Sprouts President and CEO. “Our company has deep roots in San Diego, stretching back many decades. The local community is full of loyal Sprouts customers, and we are grateful for the opportunity to join DonorNation in recognizing and rewarding the winners of the DonorNation School Volunteer of the Year Award.”
The winners will be announced on May 27, 2013 on www.schoolvolunteeraward.org and an awards ceremony will be held. Exact time and location are to be determined.
About La Jolla Playhouse
The nationally-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is known for its tradition of creating the most exciting and adventurous new work in regional theatre. The Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, and is considered one of the most well-respected not-for-profit theatres in the country. Numerous Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway, including the currently running hit Jersey Boys, as well as Memphis, Big River, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Walk in the Woods, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Farnsworth Invention, 33 Variations, Chaplin: The Musical, Bonnie & Clyde, Peter and the Starcatcher and Hands on a Hardbody. Located on the UC San Diego campus, La Jolla Playhouse is made up of three primary performance spaces: the Mandell Weiss Theatre, the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre and the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for La Jolla Playhouse, a state-of-the-art theatre complex which features the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. La Jolla Playhouse is led by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg.
DonorNation is the online Marketplace with a Heart™. The company’s philanthropic fundraising platform is an e-commerce solution that allows individuals and businesses to buy and sell products, services and gently used items with a percentage (10%-100%) of the proceeds being donated to charity. DonorNation helps unlock the power of community by providing its users with the tools to support their local businesses, and at the same time, providing a sustainable source of funding for their schools. For more information please visit www.donornation.org. Follow DonorNation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/donornation and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/donornation.
About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market, founded in 2002, is now one of the largest and fastest growing natural foods retailers in the country, with more than 150 stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Sprouts offers outstanding values on farm-fresh produce, natural meats, scoop-your-own bulk foods, more than 2,000 gluten-free products, vitamins and supplements, and a huge selection of natural, organic and great-tasting mainstream grocery items. The concept of “healthy living for less” has been the cornerstone of the founders, the Boney family, since they opened their first produce stand in 1943. For weekly ads, recipes and other nutritional information visit sprouts.com.