Pitney Bowes Signs On as Platinum Sponsor of All-Author Benefit Concert Tour
STAMFORD, Conn., April 15, 2010 - Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) announced today that the East Coast concert tour of the bestselling author rock group Rock Bottom Remainders will be backed by the company’s brand. Proceeds from the tour will benefit education and literacy efforts in Haiti and in the cities where the tour will take place.
“Our support of the Rock Bottom Remainders 2010 Wordstock tour is aligned with our mission to focus on education and literacy, critical social issues for many communities across the country,” said Kathleen Ryan Mufson, vice president, Pitney Bowes Foundation. “We are very pleased to be part of this effort, and we salute the community spirit and efforts of this unique and inspiring band.”
This year’s Rock Bottom Remainders lineup features best selling authors: Dave Barry on lead guitar; Amy Tan on vocals; Mitch Albom on keyboards; Scott Turow on vocals; Greg Iles on lead guitar; Kathi Kamen Goldmark on vocals; James McBride on saxophone; Ridley Pearson on bass; Roy Blount Jr. on vocals; and Sam Barry on Harmonica.
Roger McGuinn, a founding member of the Byrds, will make a special guest appearance with the Rock Bottom Remainders in Washington D.C. Between them, the Remainders have published over 150 books and sold over 150 million books. Their concerts have raised close to $2 million for various charities over the last 18 years.
“Corporate support is key to making our concert tours a success. We are thrilled to welcome Pitney Bowes as platinum sponsor of the Rock Bottom Remainders tour,” said Dave Barry, lead guitarist and one of the founding members of the Rock Bottom Remainders.
Presented by the Pearson Foundation, The Rock Bottom Remainders 2010 Wordstock Tour kicks off in Washington on April 20, 2010 with a special event “Besides the Music: a Conversation with the Rock Bottom Remainders,” hosted by veteran newsman Sam Donaldson. The band will perform concerts in Washington D.C. on April 21st, Philadelphia on April 22nd, New York City on April 23rd, and Boston on April 24th.
Proceeds from the concerts in each city will support World Vision, America’s Promise Alliance, and local organizations. In addition, the Pearson Foundation will donate books to local school districts as part of the initiative.
“Thanks to the Rock Bottom Remainders, we’ve got a great opportunity to raise funds that will go directly to some of the Pearson Foundation’s favorite non-profit partners,” said Pearson Foundation President Mark Nieker. “Pitney Bowes is helping these exemplary organizations make a difference—in Haiti and in local communities. We’re honored to welcome Pitney Bowes to the tour.”
About Pitney Bowes:
Celebrating its 90th year of innovation, Pitney Bowes provides software, hardware and services that integrate physical and digital communications channels. Long known for making its customers more productive, Pitney Bowes is increasingly helping other companies grow their business. Pitney Bowes is a $5.6 billion company and employs 33,000 worldwide. Pitney Bowes: Every connection is a new opportunity™. www.pb.com
About the Rock Bottom Remainders:
In its 18 year existence, Rock Bottom Remainders have raised close to $2 million dollars for charity through their concert tours. The group first performed at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention in Anaheim. The group is composed of some of today’s most shining literary lights, who, between them, have published more than 150 titles, sold more than 200 million books, and who have been translated into more than 25 languages. In addition to the literary band members, rock legends such as Bruce Springsteen and the late Warren Zevon have done guest appearances. www.rockbottomremainders.com
About Pearson Foundation:
The Pearson Foundation extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The Foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. www.pearsonfoundation.org