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Tickets for Kids Charities (TFK) is dedicated to enriching the lives of low-income and at-risk children and their families by including them in a variety of activities and events that are a source of enlightenment, education and inspiration. By facilitating equitable access to the world of ideas, accomplishment, creativity and culture, TFK contributes to the growth and well-being of the children and families served and the community at large.
Established in Pittsburgh in 1994, the inspiration for Tickets for Kids(r) Charities came to founder Susan Weiner during a ballgame. The empty seats in the auditorium seemed so wasteful, and so unnecessary. Couldn’t those seats be filled by in-need kids?
A nearly identical idea occurred in 2000 to Robb Neuenschwander, Twin Cities resident and avid University of Minnesota Gopher basketball fan. Frustrated that so many game seats went unused, Robb founded Tix for Tots to fill those seats with kids and mentors who could use them.
Recognizing their shared vision and nearly identical missions, Tix for Tots was merged into Tickets for Kids in 2016. Through partnerships with approved and vetted social service agencies serving disadvantaged children and families, TFK has distributed more than 2.6 million tickets valued in excess of $51.3 million to experiences in the areas of arts & culture, education & STEM, sports & recreation, and family entertainment. In 2016 alone, TFK distributed more than 160,000 tickets valued at over $5 million, and partnered with social service agencies in 41 states.
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