Front row and other premium seats will raise money in support of Midwest floods victims
ATLANTA (July 7, 2008) – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers today announced an effort to raise money that will help support Habitat for Humanity affiliates in areas affected by the Midwest floods by creating an online ticket auction for their sold-out summer tour. The band has offered front row and other premium seats in each tour city for the remainder of the tour to be auctioned off for Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds from the auction, including face value of the tickets and any associated fees, will be donated to Habitat. The auctions will require an opening bid of $1,000 for a pair of tickets. Fans can learn more at www.tompetty.com  or place bids at http://www.ticketmaster.com/tompettyandtheheartbreakers . All money raised will go to Habitat for Humanity, an organization dedicated to helping low-income families obtain simple, decent and affordable housing.
Following their Super Bowl XLII Halftime Show Performance, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been on tour since May throughout the United States and Canada. The tour includes many shows in the Midwest and the band wants to give back to this region and do something to help.
“Ticketmaster is proud to be working with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Habitat for Humanity by donating its auction services toward this important effort,” said David Marcus, vice president of Music for Ticketmaster.
About Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their debut album in 1976. Since that time they have sold more than 60 million records. Between the Heartbreakers’ recordings and his solo work, Tom Petty has received 18 Grammy nominations. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have been honored with lifetime achievement awards including Billboard’s Century Award, MTV’s Video Vanguard Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
As the world’s leading live entertainment ticketing and marketing company, Ticketmaster connects the world to live entertainment. Ticketmaster operates in 20 global markets, providing ticket sales, ticket resale services, marketing and distribution through www.ticketmaster.com , one of the largest e-commerce sites on the Internet; approximately 6,700 retail outlets; and 21 worldwide call centers. Established in 1976, Ticketmaster serves more than 10,000 clients worldwide across multiple event categories, providing exclusive ticketing services for leading arenas, stadiums, professional sports franchises and leagues, college sports teams, performing arts venues, museums, and theaters. In 2007, the company sold more than 141 million tickets valued at over $8.3 billion on behalf of its clients. Ticketmaster is headquartered in West Hollywood, Calif., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ:IACI).
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .
Summer tour dates:
July 8- Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 9- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Atlanta, GA
July 11- Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
July 12- Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, NC
July 15- BankAtlantic Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
July 16- St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
**July 19- Mile High Music Festival, Denver, CO
July 20- Quest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
July 22- Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
July 23- Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
**July 26- Pemberton Festival, Pemberton, BC Canada
August 7- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
August 9- MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB Canada
August 11- Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB Canada
August 12- Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB Canada
August 15- The Gorge, Quincy, WA
August 16- The Gorge, Quincy, WA
August 20- Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ
August 22- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
**August 23- Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA
August 26- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Selma, TX
August 27- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
August 29- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX
** No ticket auction for these festival dates