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PPG donates $6,000 to Tickets for Kids Charities

February 3, 2014

The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $6,000 to TICKETS FOR KIDS(R) Charities (TFK), a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization that distributes tickets to arts, cultural, educational, family entertainment and sporting events through social-service agencies nationwide to at-risk children and low-income families. The grant will help increase TFK offerings in West Coast communities where PPG’s aerospace business has operations.

“PPG’s donation illustrates its dedication to supporting educational experiences for children in its communities, and it enables us to increase support for children in western U.S. markets,” said Rosemary Mendel, executive director, Tickets for Kids Charities. “TFK is dedicated to enriching the lives of children by giving them access they may not otherwise have to events and activities that can provide them with inspiration and ideas.”

TFK currently administers community outreach and ticket exchange programs for sports teams, Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and hundreds of other cultural and entertainment entities across the country. The organization distributes tickets through more than 2,800 social-service agency partners nationwide to thousands of children and their families each year. Since its inception in 1994, TFK has served more than 1.6 million individuals.

“As a company dedicated to innovation, PPG strongly supports programs that help enrich children’s lives by offering them unique experiences that stimulate creative thought and encourage critical thinking,” said Sue Sloan, executive director, PPG Industries Foundation. “PPG is pleased to help Tickets for Kids Charities include children from our aerospace-facility communities in a variety of events that expose them to new activities, accomplishments, culture and ideas.”

Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information,