Dream Announces Partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
Dream to donate portion of ticket proceeds from Aug. 1 home game vs. Indiana Fever to United Way’s Restore the Dream flood relief campaign

ATLANTA, July 5, 2010 - The Atlanta Dream has announced a partnership with the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville to support those who were impacted by the May 1, 2010 floods. The Dream will donate a portion of the proceeds from tickets sales from the Aug.1 home game vs. Indiana Fever to the United Way’s Restore the Dream campaign.

“As a Nashville native, I’m proud to be a part of an organization that is stepping up to help people affected by flooding,” said Head Coach and General Manager Marynell Meadors. “There are a lot of families that need help and we would like to challenge others to help more and keep flood relief efforts in the public eye.”s.

A portion of all tickets sold for the game Sunday, August 1 at 3 p.m. will be donated to the Restore the Dream fund. The Atlanta Dream will host board members and other key representatives at the game and will provide the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville a chance to highlight the United Way Text to Give campaign.

Meadors and Dream president and COO Toby Wyman recently visited a Restore the Dream center in Madison/East Nashville to tour the facility and help unload supplies.

“We at the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville are grateful to the Atlanta Dream for their role in supporting our Restore the Dream centers,” said United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Board Chair Jerry Geraghty. “These five centers provide services tailored to the residents of the areas hardest hit by the flooding and represent long-term restoration goals.”

The Dream will take on former University of Tennessee star Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever on August 1 at Philips Arena. Click here to purchase discounted tickets online and help support the Nashville restoration efforts or call 1-877-977-7729. The Westin Peachtree Plaza is also offering out-of-town fans a special $89/night rate. Book the Atlanta Dream rate online or call reservations at 404-659-1400 and reference the ATLDREAM rate plan.

The Atlanta Dream tipped off its third season at Philips Arena on May 16. Season tickets, group tickets and mini- plans are available for purchase by calling 1-877-977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. Single game tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or all Ticketmaster outlets, the Philips Arena box office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

United Way: Response to the Flood
Through its ongoing support of first responder organizations such as American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank and others, United Way is ready to respond when disasters happen. Each year, United Way funds these programs. Days after the flood, United Way advanced $1.3 million to its partner agencies in an effort to help them manage extraordinary demand created by the flood and mitigate damage to their own infrastructures.

United Way: Restore the Dream Centers
For more than a decade, United Way and its partner agencies have operated Family Resource Centers in strategic locations around the community. These centers provide services tailored to the unique needs of residents. United Way is using this platform to establish five Restore the Dream Centers to mobilize the services that are needed in the neighborhoods most dramatically affected by the flood—Bellevue, Bordeaux/North Nashville, Madison/East Nashville, Northwest Nashville and Antioch.

United Way: Restore the Dream Fund
The Restore the Dream fund has been activated to help raise money for long-term restoration. The Restore the Dream fund is managed and administered by the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. All dollars contributed will go toward flood restoration with no administrative fees. The fund is invested in two ways. First, it makes grants to eligible 501c3 organizations to help them recover from direct flood damage. Secondly, it provides start-up and operating funds for the five Restore the Dream Centers to take services directly to the most damaged neighborhoods.