RetailMeNot.com to Sponsor the Carnival Ya’ll!
We are psyched to announce our title sponsor for the 2011 Carnival O Pizza is Austin’s own RetailMeNot.com. These guys are lending their financial support to the festivities. With their help (and yours) we should totally be able to exceed our goal of breaking last year’s record and raising over 15k for our deserving charity, Austin Bat Cave.
Full press release to follow. Stay tuned for tons more exciting announcements this week (there are a few gems below for you careful readers.)
Austin’s RetailMeNot.com partners with Home Slice Pizza to Raise Money for the Austin Bat Cave’s Writing Program for Youth
AUSTIN, Texas – November 2, 2011 – With the holiday shopping season nearly upon us, you’d think that online coupon giant RetailMeNot would have their hands full helping millions of consumers get more for their money. But the local startup jumped at the chance to join forces with Home Slice Pizza to be the lead sponsor and host the 6th annual Carnival O Pizza, the proceeds from which will go to support the Austin Bat Cave, inspired provider of creative and expository writing programs for kids aged 8-18.
“As we continue to grow our business as the largest online coupon marketplace in the world right here in Austin, we’re committed to supporting the needs of our community and local businesses that enable us to be a local success story” said Cotter Cunningham, CEO of WhaleShark Media, parent of RetailMeNot.com. “We are pleased to sponsor the Carnival and support a charity like the Austin Bat Cave and hope our neighbors will stop by our booth and learn more about our company. We encourage local businesses to post their coupons to our site for free; and we are always looking for local talent to join our organization.”
“We’re super excited about the Carnival and our partnership with RetailmeNot.com. In fact we’ve already begun raising money by selling raffle tickets in our stores.” says Home Slice co-owner and Austin Bat Cave board member Jen Strickland. “This money is going directly toward programs that help kids improve their writing skills and publishes their personal stories, which creates so much satisfaction and self esteem. It really opens a doorway into a better life.”
The Carnival is at once a celebration of the art of hand tossed pizza, a sixth birthday party for the restaurant, and a charitable endeavor intended to give back to the community that has made Home Slice one of Austin’s favorite eateries. The event, which takes place Saturday, November 19, 2011 in the parking lot between Home Slice Pizza and More Home Slice, will feature wacky pizza themed contests, carnival games, entertainment, and many chances to win amazing prizes via both a raffle and a silent auction. All proceeds directly benefit the Austin Bat Cave.
Highlights of the event include:
- Pizza Eating Contest in which 10 carefully chosen contestants vie to win free pizza for a year.
- Hands on an Eggplant (H.O.E.S) contest wherein the combatants place a hand on a Home Slice eggplant sub and leave it there for as long as they can. Last person touching the sub wins free pizza for a year. (Last’s year’s contest went 63 hours!!!)
- Dough tossing contest where local pizzerias including Hoboken Pies, Southside Flying Pizza, and Saccones compete against Home Slice pizzaioli for the largest stretch, fastest stretch and fastest box fold.
- Live music from Crooks, Big Don, Flying Balalaika Brothers, Residual Kid, Minor Mishap Marching Band and more.
- Dance performances by Little Stolen Moments and ATX All Stars. Magic show by Black Bert. MC rocked by the good folks from The Encyclopedia Show
- Live graffiti art installation by Austin’s best spray can wizards.
- Carnival midway featuring tons of silly stuff for the kiddos of all ages.
- Amazing Raffle: win prizes from RetailMeNot.com, Hotel San Jose, Hotel St.Cecilia, Alamo Drafthouse, Stag, Shiner Beer, and close to a hundred more Austin businesses.
- (Mostly) Silent auction: Dave Eggers will have lunch with you, author George Saunders will critique your writing,and much more.
About Austin Bat Cave:
Austin Bat Cave is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides children and teenagers (ages 6-18) with opportunities to develop their creative and expository writing skills. They connect a diverse population of young writers and learners with a vibrant community of adult volunteers in Austin. All of their programs are free.
ABC understands that public school teachers are the hardest-working people in town. With all their programs, they strive to be a resource, mobilizing volunteers to help teachers accomplish what they might not be able to accomplish on their own
About the Carnival O’ Pizza and Home Slice Pizza:
The idea for the carnival came from a desire to create an uniquely Austin version of a mix of Coney Island, the San Gennaro Festival in New York’s Little Italy, and co-owners Jen Strickland and Terri Hannifin’s childhood memories of block carnivals in support of various charities. Home Slice’s carnival continues in this tradition of grassroots, makeshift neighborhood carnivals but augments it with events that celebrate the art of hand-tossed pizza, and also serves a birthday party for Home Slice itself and its mascot, Slicey, who turns 6 years old this year.
Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic NY-style pizza – by the pie or slice – to nice people like you. Home Slice offers their homemade, hand-tossed, bona fide pies for either dine in or carry out.
Home Slice Pizza has won best pizza in the Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll every year since 2007, was named #6 overall favorite restaurant in the 2011 edition of the Chronicle poll, and has been featured in local and national press including Texas Monthly, Delta Sky Magazine, Austin Monthly, Tribeza, Austinist, Spin, and Every Day with Rachael Ray.
RetailMeNot.com (www.retailmenot.com) is the leading consumer destination for collaborative online coupon, deal and promotional code hunting and sharing. Our mission is to help consumers save money and enjoy a hassle-free discount shopping experience. Since November 2006, our users have shared millions of deals at more than 130,000 merchants. Online coupons are rated and ranked by users, ensuring that quality deals rise to the top and expired coupons drop down the list. RetailMeNot.com is operated by WhaleShark Media, Inc., the world’s leading marketplace for online coupons and deals. Make sure to “like” RetailMeNot on Facebook and follow the company via Twitter @retailmenot.
About WhaleShark Media, Inc:
WhaleShark Media, Inc. (www.whalesharkmedia.com) is the world’s leading marketplace for online coupons and deals. The company’s websites connect consumers seeking savings with discounts from more than 130,000 merchants, stores and retailers. WhaleShark Media welcomes more than 300 million visitors to shop its websites every year. The WhaleShark Media portfolio of websites includes www.RetailMeNot.com, the largest online coupon site in the United States; www.VoucherCodes.co.uk, the largest online coupon site in Europe; www.Deals.com; www.Deals2Buy.com; www.CheapStingyBargains.com; www.CouponSeven.com; www.CouponShare.com; and www.Gutschein-Codes.de. WhaleShark Media is a fast-growing, profitable company funded by venture capital firms Austin Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Adams Street Partners and Google Ventures.
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