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Making the Big Climb to Cure Blood Cancer

BigClimb-Hi-ResBrown Paper Tickets’ special ops event genius Erika Harder led a team of brave and well-hydrated Brown Paper Ticketeers to climb the tallest building in Seattle (no, it’s NOT the Space Needle) at the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb on Sunday.

At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle stands as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi. We joined 6,000 people in climbing 69 flights of stairs, or 1,311 steps, in an effort to collectively raise $2.6 million to fund the fight to find a cure for blood cancer.

Our fundraising efforts will continue through April 3, and our humble group is already in the Top 100 fundraising teams, having found generous contributors to donate more than $4,000 for blood cancer research. Our own Erika Harder is one of the top 100 most-successful fund-wranglers, having rustled up $2000.22 in donations.

This wasn’t our first rodeo. Brown Paper Tickets’ employees have done the Big Climb as a group every year since 2010, and collectively raised more than $10,000 toward research for a blood cancer cure. For some, Big Climb day is more than a fundraiser. Erika has a very personal reason for making the climb.

Erika says, “My brother developed HSTC Lymphoma in 2009 and passed away in 2010. Participating in the Climb to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s efforts feels like the least I can do to meditate on his struggle, and hope that other families won’t have to experience this. I think about him every day, but I try not to think about him with cancer every day. His talent and energy and unique way of seeing the world are what I try to carry forward. Big Climb day is an exception to that. It also gives our friends and family an opportunity to remember him and ‘help in some way.’

I hope the research that the Leukemia Lymphoma Society does include learning how to prevent cancers and also non-conventional treatments for them. Either way, research needs to happen and to be funded, so I appreciate being able to contribute. Cancer sucks.”

At the end of the Big Climb, we all gained a sense of accomplishment as well as spectacular views of Seattle from the top of Columbia Tower.


As we work for a Not-Just-For-Profit company, we all receive “paid time on” – 40 hours of paid time annually to volunteer for the cause of our choice. We often get together during work hours to volunteer and/or raise funds or support good causes. We love helping people use Brown Paper Tickets’ one-of-a-kind tools to accept funds online with no service fees and to help organize fundraising events for all kinds of causes. Brown Paper Tickets matched employee donations and contributed $625.

Big-Climb-ErikaGet Cheers from Brown Paper Tickets

Donate here by April 3 to help stop blood cancer. If you donate now, the Brown Paper Ticketeers Big Climb team will stop all work and do a cheer in your honor. We’re serious.

Here’s a preview: your cheer will probably look a lot like this one, courtesy of Seattle Cheer, a nonprofit group that lends out their professional cheer squad services to nonprofit events like they did for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Big Climb.

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Hot Tickets: Seattle

valentinesdaydinneranddanceHere are this week’s Hot Tickets in the Seattle area. Check back every Thursday at noon, PST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.


Friday, February 14 I Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance

“Accompanied by his four-piece band, Kline brings a little humor and a lot of swagger to the old standards with a fresh vitality and offers a great opportunity for couples to kick up their heels in support of a great local institution.”

“Get your kicks” on Route 66, but wine and dine your Valentine on Orcas!

Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to swing to the sounds of Half Pack LIVE!, a Vegas-style show band that’s bouncy, fun and well-delivered entertainment reminiscent of the old Vegas Strip when Frank and Dino were kings. Veteran singer and entertainer Troy Kline will be performing in a Valentine’s Day benefit for Orcas Island Children’s House at the The Rosario Resort Beachhouse (Discovery House).

Accompanied by his four-piece band, Kline brings a little humor and a lot of swagger to the old standards with a fresh vitality and offers a great opportunity for couples to kick up their heels in support of a great local institution.

Local favorite Gene Nery will provide additional musical talent to the Seattle-based band! And look for additional local entertainment throughout the evening, including magician Matthew Laslo and young songstress Stormy Hildreth.

A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the event.

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Slash, Duff McKagen & Matt Sorum Reunite for the Dolphin Project This Monday!

292246-250There is no shortage of Guns N’ Roses fans here in the Brown Paper Tickets offices. Walk by any given desk and you may hear the distinctive whine of Axl Rose’s vocals or a wicked Slash guitar solo coming out of their tiny little computer speakers or headphones. What can we say? Many of us are children of the 90s. So, you can imagine our excitement when we heard about the Kings of Chaos show coming up on Monday, November 18 in Hollywood featuring Slash, Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum. Essentially 3/5ths of the legendary Guns N’ Roses! They’ll be performing alongside Steve Stevens, guitarist for Billy Idol’s band, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. A veritable who’s who of hard rock!

This is the King’s only North American appearance and it will be an intimate, one-night-only event benefiting Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. The Dolphin Project is an international organization dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.

“This is a rehearsal for the BIG one. We plan on taking the show to Japan,” says Ric O’Barry, whose life and work was featured in the Academy Award-winning film The Cove. “We’ll add a few Japanese friends to our lineup and rock the socks off Tokyo. There isn’t a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands,” added O’Barry. “Dolphins are respected and protected in this part of Japan. It’s the opposite of Taiji, but very few people know about it. This concert will hopefully change this by bringing positive, international media attention to what is right about Japan.”

Kings of Chaos will play the greatest hits from all of its superstar members and will also feature additional special guest performers.

“I’m thrilled to bring a bunch of heavyweights together for a fun night with fans,” said Matt Sorum. “The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved.”

Kings of Chaos made its live debut in Australia earlier this year at the Stone Music Festival and will embark on a new South American tour at the end of November.

Once again, this happens this Monday, November 18 at the Avalon Hollywood Theatre in Hollywood, California. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $350 for a V.I.P. experience, including special seating for the show, gift bags and photos with the Kings of Chaos. Tickets are on sale now here, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006.

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Diane Weisman: The Inspiring Foot Behind “Kick Cancer in the Can”

434996241_640 Today on the blog, actress and Hollywood “dresser to the stars” Diane Weisman shares the personal story behind her battle with breast cancer and Kick Cancer in the Can With Diane, a web series that she started with her videographer husband to provide information and inspiration to others battling the disease. 

Next Monday, she’s hosting a comedy and magic fundraiser featuring George Wendt, Ritch Shydner, Eric Buss, Steve Mittleman, David Zasloff and Porsche Thomas. This evening is designed to help raise funds for post-production of Season One’s episodes.

Diane’s story is an inspirational account of a survivor that refuses to let a little thing like cancer keep her down and we are more than honored to be working with Diane on this very special event. If you’re in Los Angeles next Monday, we HIGHLY recommend that you embrace this incredible opportunity.

Here’s Diane to tell her story:

My mother and her twin sister passed away from breast cancer at the ages of 54 and 53. So I was quite familiar with breast cancer.

Then the scariest words I have ever heard were told to me: “You have breast cancer.” It was August 2010. I was at the age my mom was at when she died too. Was I to have the same fate as my mom and her twin sister?

I decided to educate myself and asked that I be “divinely protected and directed” as I go through this journey. I opened myself up to all types of Eastern medicine—Qi Gong, reflexology, Reiki, acupuncture, yoga, meditation—and Western: chemo, radiation, etc.

I also looked at nutrition: plant-based diet, I dropped meat from my diet and occasionally eat wild caught fish. I took out alcohol, dairy, eggs, white processed flour and sugar. I introduced myself to quinoa, burdock, daikon, macrobiotic diet and other foreign foods. I put in an alkaline water filtration system. My diet was alkaline based. I found out that tumors survive on sugar and an acidic diet. I was not going to give my two little tumors in my right breast any free meals!
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