Hardhat Comedy donated more than 800 pounds of food items for the needy

SARASOTA, FL (April 27, 2008) – Volvo Rents announced donations of more than 800 pounds of non-perishable food items to Sarasota’s All Faith Food Bank. The donated items were the result of admission to the Hardhat Comedy Show held at The Players Club in Sarasota on April 20, 2009. “We were very pleased to have sponsored an event that resulted in such a large amount of food for the community. The response was overwhelming,” stated Nick Mavrick of Volvo Rents who was there to witness the event.

Volvo’s brand of “comic relief” was brought to a standing-room only crowd at The Players Club.  Carmen “The Construction Comic” Ciricillo as well as three other comics entertained the more than 500 people who brought non-perishable food items for entry.

“More than ever the half a ton of food collected at the Volvo Rents Hard Hat comedy show is needed in the community to support those most affected by the current economic slow down,” says All Faiths director of development Aundria R. Castleberry.

Volvo Rents launched the Hardhat Comedy Tour (www.hardhatcomedy.com) last year to give their franchisees a way to help local charities. Nationally, Volvo Rents also supports Operation Thank You, an initiative to provide holiday care packages for American soldiers serving overseas as well as to provide support for other local organizations.

Volvo Rents, a division of Volvo Construction Equipment, is based in Asheville, NC, and is the third- largest construction equipment manufacturer in the world. It operates equipment rental centers in North America, Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland and Austria), and Mexico. All Volvo Rents centers in North America are independently owned and operated franchises. For more information, visit www.volvorents.com.

About Operation Thank You

Operation Thank You is a Volvo Rents initiative to support those in need.  Recently Asheville, North Carolina’s MANNA Food Bank and Sarasota, Florida’s All Faiths Food Bank were the charities selected as recipients of the charitable benefit. Since 2006 Volvo Rents has been responsible for delivering more than 5000 bags-worth of items to support the US troops overseas via participation with a program called Operation Gratitude.

About All Faiths Food Bank

All Faiths Food Bank began operating in 1990.  Today, All Faiths Food Bank is in a 20,000 square foot facility at 717 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota, FL. It has a paid staff of 21 employees and more than 350 volunteers. It operated 14 programs that feed and nourish hungry people in addition to distributing over 4.2 million pounds of food to over 160 charitable agencies in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.  This food creates 9200 meals every day.

All Faiths Food Bank is a certified member of America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s food bank network of more than 200 organizations fighting hunger in every state and county in the nation. More information on the organization can be found at www.allfaithsfoodbank.org.

For more information about All Faiths Food Bank, contact:
Aundria R. Castleberry, All Faiths Food Bank
Office: 941-379-6333
Mobile: 941-809-7665