Mon, Oct 25

DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

10.25.10-DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC Team up to Offer a Special Billy Elliot Halloween Treat

Durham, NC  - No tricks, just treat. DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina have teamed up to offer Billy Elliot fans a special Halloween Treat and the opportunity to help those in need.

During Halloween weekend, all performances of Billy Elliot the Musical - Saturday, October 30th at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday, October 31 at 2pm - will offer a special $25 ticket to those bringing four cans of food to donate to the Food Bank. This offer is limited to certain seating sections and based on availability.

"We have been welcomed by the North Carolina community during these past two months as we have rehearsed and prepared our show for its debut at DPAC," said Nina Lannan, general manager of Billy Elliot the Musical. "We are proud to be able to help out with this effort as a small thanks in return for that wonderful support."

Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever.

"As the story of Billy Elliot inspires a community, it is a sobering thought that while DPAC will welcome its 500,000th patron during the matinee performance on the 30th, there are more than 500,000 North Carolinians that struggle each day to feed their families," said Linda Charlton, Director of Marketing at DPAC. "We felt that if we could offer any kind of assistance to the Food Bank, now would be a great time with the upcoming holidays. Offering this special rate to our fans makes it a truly a win-win situation."

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington.

In fiscal year 2009-2010, the Food Bank distributed more than 41.5 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies with the support generous individuals in the community, supporters, donors, and volunteers. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In the 34 counties served by the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, more than 500,000 struggle each day to provide enough food for their families. More than 250,000 are children in the free and reduced meal programs.

Go to for additional information about how you can donate money, food or time to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

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* Provide 40 meals to those in need - make a $10.00 donation* by texting 40MEALS to 50555.

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Billy Elliot The Musical will run through November 14. For more information about these and more upcoming events, please go to