Father's Day Reflections: Erin's Story

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This week, the TN Team Blog is celebrating Father's Day by sharing our staff's stories of events they attended with their dads. Want to make your own memories? Check out our Father's Day Gift Ideas Guide for a hand-picked selection of events that Dad is sure to enjoy!

My Memory

Growing up, my dad and I got to spend a lot of time together going to events!

As a kid, he brought me to the circus; to major league, minor league and Cape Cod league baseball games; and to figure skating shows. I'll never forget seeing Oksana Baiul in the famous Swan Lake performance, figure skating duo Ekaterina Gordeeva and the late Sergei Grinkov, or Surya Bonaly and Brian Boitano doing back-flips on the ice!

All of those memories are great, my favorite event to attend with my dad is Tom Petty concerts! We have gone together three times now, and I think we are both secretly hoping that Petty adds more U.S. tour dates, including a show in Hartford this summer!

We go to the concert and hang out for a while tailgating then go in and sit on the lawn and enjoy the classic tunes of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. It's really fun to know that, even though we are a generation apart, we do still have some of the same tastes. We have so much fun, and given the choice between going with my dad or anyone else, I'd choose him every time!

My Father Recommends:

• Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers [View tickets]
• Figure Skating [View tickets]

TN.mom Memories: Erin's Story

All this week, the TN Team Blog is celebrating Mother's Day by sharing our staff's stories of events they attended with their mothers. To share your own story and enter for a chance to win $75 in assorted gift cards, head over to the TN.com Awesome Mom Contest blog entry.

My Memory

Growing up, I was more of a "wild child," so getting me to sit still at an event for one or two hours wasn't really an option for my poor mother.

Though we don't have any memories of going to concerts or sporting events together when I was a child, I do have TONS of memories of my mom bringing me to The Lutz Museum, a local children's museum, and Wickham Park, an amazing park in my hometown that includes multiple playscapes, trails, and even a small zoo.

Now that I've grown up and I can handle sitting still (most of the time), my mom and I have a great time seeing productions such as Wicked and Cirque du Soleil when they are playing in our area! We love to have girls' nights, where we can grab dinner out and then go see a show.

See, it's never too late to start going to the theater with your mom! I can't wait for our next adventure — we want to see Blue Man Group!

My Mother Recommends:

Wicked [View tickets]
• Cirque du Soleil [View tickets]
• Blue Man Group [View tickets]

...for striking visuals and music!

TicketNetwork.com has always looked for ways to give back to the community, so we are proud to announce the "TN.com Cares" initiative, which will highlight great charities, both local and national. We kick it off today with a local charity walk that benefits the American Brain Tumor Association, a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to brain tumor research and patient care.

A letter from the charity:

Life changes every day, but who could imagine the life change that we encountered on February 1, 2006. That was the day that Steve underwent neurosurgery and was diagnosed with glioblastoma....just a word at that point, but what we soon learned was horrifying:

  • malignant brain tumor
  • treatable but not curable
  • statistics that we don't even want to hear about

"Accept the diagnosis; Defy the prognosis." That is the mantra that our family immediately adopted!

Steve's strength, determination and courage have been an inspiration to everyone! He has pulled that strength from the love and support that he continues to get from friends, family and colleagues. That love and support has brought us to tears.

Steve refuses to let you all down in the fight of his life. We can't thank you enough for the love and caring that you have shared with us.

~ Jodi Kaplan, Walk Organizer and Steve's Wife


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While some people probably don’t even know this holiday exists, many Americans wait for this day all year! International Fanny Pack Day began a few years ago when Nick Yates received his first fanny pack and an experience that will stick with him for a lifetime.

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Millions of people in the U.S. and around the world go hungry everyday. Please help in the fight against hunger; donate to your local food bank today and help us celebrate International Fanny Pack Day properly! Click the link below to find your nearest food bank:

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A few days before Christmas, Yates was en route to the bus station with a belt bag packed and strapped around his waist when he came across a homeless man. Yates, being the giving individual that he is, stopped in front of the man, only to hear him say “Nice fanny pack, chief.” He was unfazed by this rude comment and pulled out some food wrapped in tin foil, which he then handed to the man and continued walking. Yates was about a block away when he heard the man scream, “A freaking fruitcake?”

Although the homeless man’s attitude was rude and unthankful, it was because of this exchange that Yates put fanny packs and food charity in the same category. He began using his fanny pack for the purpose of bringing food to Portland, Oregon’s homeless and hungry, and later to Boise, Idaho’s homeless as well. Yates declared March 10, 2007, International Fanny Pack Day, and since then it has become an annual charity event for the Idaho Food Bank. Check it out, he even started a Facebook Page for it! We recommend that everyone donates to their local food bank to pay it forward! Find your nearest food bank HERE. You don’t have to wear a fanny pack while doing it, but we highly recommend that you do!

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