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Ruth Eckerd Hall And STOMP Have Partnered With HEP To STOMP Out Hunger

Published: January 9, 2020

During the month of January, Ruth Eckerd Hall and the international percussion sensation, STOMP have partnered with HEP, the Homeless Empowerment Program, to help the homeless by hosting a canned food drive that will benefit homeless individuals and families in Pinellas County. 

Those who donate one canned good or non-perishable food item at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Raymond James Central Ticket Office will receive $5 off one ticket to the performance of STOMP at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, February 1 at 8 pm.  This offer is valid at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Raymond James Central Ticket Office only*.

HEP drop-off boxes will also be located inside Ruth Eckerd Hall and The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre for patrons to donate canned good while attending any performance during the month of January.

Suggested items to donate include canned fruits, vegetables, spaghetti sauce, tuna and chicken, as well as dry goods including rice and pasta.  In addition, individually wrapped snacks such as cookies and granola bars and condiments like ketchup, mustard and jelly will also be accepted. 

HEP is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Since 1986, our Mission has been to provide homeless and low-income families and individuals, including Veterans, with housing, food, clothing, and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life. Simply put, our goal is to break the cycle of homelessness for any individual or family who comes to us for assistance. HEP monitors its programs to measure progress against stated goals and to make necessary refinements. Program outcomes and data such as the number of clients who secure and remain in housing, and other measures indicating success and effectiveness are rigorously tracked and analyzed to inform the design of new programs and provide an evidence base to HEP’s policy views. In 2018 alone, HEP assisted 1,138 individuals including 178 children and 480 US Veterans.

From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries.

Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York's Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and both North American and European tours. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way.

STOMP has been an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, an Academy Award® nomination, four Emmy® nominations and one Emmy® Award for their HBO special Stomp Out Loud. Noteworthy TV appearances include The 2012 London Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, The Academy® Awards, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and a series of award-winning commercials. 

The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Luke Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression. Both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps - to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.

Critics and audiences have raved: “STOMP is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday,” says The New York Times. “A phenomenal show! Bashing, crashing, smashing, swishing, banging and kicking – a joyous invention!” says the Chicago Tribune.
Tickets priced at $100, $75, $50 and $35 are available at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Raymond James Central Ticket Office, by calling 727.791.7400 or visiting www.RuthEckerdHall.com. Enjoy an exclusive pre-show party in our Dimmitt Lounge including high-end appetizers, dessert and beverages. Due to limited capacity, advance purchase is suggested. The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall is located at 1111 North McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and one hour prior to show time.

*Does not apply to previous purchases.  Cannot be combined with other offers.  Other restrictions may apply.