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Little League World Series Food Vendors Raising Money for Community

Little League World Series Food Vendors Raising Money for Community

Vendors at the 2008 Little League World Series have partnered with Delaware North Companies Sportservice in order to raise money for community organizations. Sportservice holds programs like this and stadiums and entertainment venues worldwide.

Buffalo, N. Y. (PRWEB) August 19, 2008

Dozens of volunteers are manning concessions at this year's Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. to aid their local not-for-profit organizations.

Through its unique fund-raising program, global food service provider Delaware North Companies Sportservice allows volunteers from charitable organizations in the Williamsport area to serve as vendors for various concession stands during the 10-day event. The volunteers' hard work and dedication earn the organizations a percentage of the food and beverage sales.

Volunteers from eight different Williamsport non-for-profit organizations are working with Sportservice at this year's event.

"For us, this event funds our athletic programs," said Sandy Patalive of the Walnut Street Christian School in Williamsport. "We can now offer our students basketball and soccer, and the money raised goes toward renting facilities and paying referees. Without the Little League World Series…we wouldn't have enough money to fund the athletic program."

Almost every organization that works with Sportservice at the Little League World Series has a similar story. The United Soccer Boosters club will use the money to build a concession stand at its local fields. The Lycoming Arts Council is using all money raised from the event to fund a documentary about a mural being painted in Williamsport that, upon completion, will be one of the largest in the world. Students at the Lori K. Welteroff Dance Company will use all funds raised to attend local and national dance competitions.

"You hear stories like this and it's incredibly heartwarming," said Rick Abramson, president of Delaware North Companies Sportservice. "Our company is dedicated to giving sports fans the best in concessions and culinary offerings, but we also want to make a difference in our communities. Our vendor program in Williamsport and in so many of the stadiums we operate enables us to help people and change lives. That's what it's all about."

Sportservice works hard to build relationships with the not-for-profit groups to keep them on board year after year.

"It's been a great, wonderful experience for us," said Chele Weaver of the United Soccer Boosters. "There's great camaraderie and everyone gets to know each other. Sportservice is more than accommodating with us and they go out of their way to make it a great experience. We're very proud to be part of this event."

Sportservice has greatly increased its food and beverage offerings at this year's Little League World Series and almost doubled its total points of sale. Sportservice expects these changes to result in increased sales that could result in an increase in donations over last year's total. After this year, Sportservice will have surpassed $250,000 in total donations at the Little League World Series since the company began operating at the event in 2001.

Sportservice employs similar fund-raising programs at the more than 40 major and minor professional sports venues at which it operates across the United States. Thousands of volunteers help Sportservice serve millions of guests at venues such as Soldier Field in Chicago and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. In return, the groups receive a commission on the concession sales.

"Sportservice invests in the communities where we operate," said Abramson, himself once a vendor at the old Milwaukee County Stadium. "Last year the hundreds of non-profit organizations we worked with received more than $15 million from Sportservice for programs and activities important to them and their community."

About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation's leading food, beverage and retail management companies, providing concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice is the provider of choice for an impressive client roster including the World Series, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball's All-Star games, Stanley Cup Championships and the Olympic Games.

Throughout its 90-year history, Sportservice has demonstrated that it knows what it takes to effectively develop, operate and manage multi-faceted kitchens, restaurants, suites, fine dining and retail facilities in order to meet the changing demands of today's fans. From introducing healthier food selections and creative cuisine to twists on traditional fare and new organic options, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world's leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www. DelawareNorth. com.


Spartan Motors Introduces New Mid-Engine RV Platform

Spartan Motors Introduces New Mid-Engine RV Platform

(PRWEB) December 1, 2000

Me2 Platform Offers More Living & Storage Space, Greater Design Flexibility, Improved Performance

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, November 29, 2000 – What could be better than taking your home with you on vacation?

Taking one with an attached garage.

Custom chassis manufacturer Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR) will unveil the “Me2,” a new mid-engine platform that will allow motorhome manufacturers to offer a built-in “garage” where consumers can carry canoes, bicycles, ATVs and other “toys” today during the recreational vehicle industry’s largest trade show.

The Charlotte, Mich.-based manufacturer of custom chassis and emergency vehicles will introduce its Me2 chassis at the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) national show this week in Louisville, Ky. Spartan Motors will unveil its new platform, which offers more living and storage space, during a press conference at 2:15 p. m. at the Spartan booth (6216).

The Company designed the “Me2,” its new mid-engine platform, in response to consumer demand for more usable space in Class A coaches. Placing the engine and transmission in the middle of the coach will allow original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) greater design flexibility to build motorhomes that offer improved ride and handling, greater storage space and more room for slideouts. Specifically, the Me2:

  • Is three times stronger than a conventional chassis.
  • Can handle up to six slideouts, increasing the average living space in a coach by as much as 40 percent.
  • Allows for more innovative interior designs, including a sunken master bedroom with Jacuzzi, a computer room or traveling home office, etc.
  • Features a rear-lift deck that increases storage space by as much as 30 percent, allowing RVers to carry a small boat, canoes, six bicycles, eBikes, ATVs or whatever “toys” they might want on trips. Last year, U. S consumers purchased more than 4.2 million “toys” to supplement their recreational activities.
  • Offers improved safety, easier maintenance, a quieter ride and other features.

“Spartan Motors’ new Me2 chassis is really a first-of-its-kind in the industry,” said John Sztykiel, president and chief operating office of Spartan Motors. “The Me2 platform represents a quantum leap in chassis design and engineering that should help drive sales of Class A motorhomes, just as the introduction of slideouts did. The new platform is tailored specifically for Baby Boomers and others who are looking to maximize the enjoyment they can pack into their leisure time.

“As a culture, we are in love with leisure like never before – and our spending habits show it. Rather than trying to ‘get away from it all,’ we’re trying to take it all with us on our vacations. That’s possible now with a motorhome built on our new Me2 platform, which allows RVers to bring bikes, canoes, ATVs and other ‘toys’ along on their vacations.”

In designing a mid-engine coach, Spartan engineers moved the engine and transmission to the middle of the platform, below the floor and just ahead of the rear axle. Sztykiel said this shift makes the engine and transmission “virtually disappear,” which allows for a quieter ride. Shifting the center of gravity to the middle of the coach also improves safety, ride and handling.

The Me2 also makes maintenance simpler. Moving the engine, transmission and radiator away from the rear wheels reduces the amount of dirt and grime that that gets kicked up. This new positioning improves airflow and reduces repairs caused by excess dirt and dust.

“Improving safety and performance remains a primary concern in every product Spartan Motors manufactures,” Sztykiel said. “The Me2 chassis scores well in both these categories, making it a wonderful platform for OEMs and their end users.

“Retail registration of diesel motorhomes has been strong for the first nine months of 2000, rising 23.1 percent during the third quarter alone. This demonstrates there is strong retail demand for diesel coaches. Given the order rates we have seen so far in the fourth quarter, we feel the inventory correction is behind us. We feel good about our sales prospects in 2001.”

The engine configuration in the Me2 will open up additional living and storage space in coaches designed on the new platform. OEMs will be able to be more creative with their interior layouts, incorporating as many as six slideouts. They can also include innovative living quarters into their floor plans, such as a sunken master bedroom with a Jacuzzi, a (motor)home office, deluxe kitchen, an art studio or whatever the imagination dreams up.

Key to increasing storage capacity is a specially designed platform at the rear of the coach that raises and lowers hydraulically. This area, which has the capacity to hold up to 3,000 pounds, increases storage space up to 30 percent by offering 190 cubic feet of storage. Families will be able to stow their leisure vehicles inside the coach, which frees them up to tow a car behind their motorhome.

“The Me2 chassis gives OEMs the chance to dramatically differentiate their coaches through distinctive new floor plans,” said Roger Burrows, Spartan Motors vice president of sales and marketing. “In essence, our new rear lift deck creates a garage that motorhome owners can take with them wherever they travel and carry whatever they like.

“Vehicles built on this new platform will appeal to discriminating Baby Boomers and other consumers who are looking to get the maximum usable space – and the maximum value – for their money. We are far ahead of our competition in bringing this innovative new concept to market.”

Spartan expects to begin shipping prototypes of the Me2 in early March for mid-summer 2001 production. The mid-engine concept and rear lift deck are all in the patent process. More information on the Me2 platform is available at www. spartanmotors. com.

Spartan Motors, Inc. (www. spartanmotors. com) is a leading developer and manufacturer of custom chassis for recreational vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances and other specialty vehicles. The Company also owns fire and rescue vehicle manufacturers Luverne Fire Apparatus, Quality Manufacturing and Road Rescue, Inc.

The statements contained in this news release include certain predictions and projections that may be considered forward-looking statements by the securities laws. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors affecting the Company's operations, markets, products, services and prices, and actual results may differ materially.

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CONTACT: John Gaedert

Spartan Motors, Inc. (517) 543-6400


Jeff Lambert, Mary Ann Sabo (mail@lambert-edwards. com)

Lambert, Edwards & Associates, Inc. (616) 233-0500