SAN FRANCISCO’S MOST ICONIC ICE RINKS RETURN FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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THE SAFEWAY HOLIDAY ICE RINK IN UNION SQUARE OPENS ON NOVEMBER 6, 2019

THE WINTER PARK AT CIVIC CENTER OPENS WITH EXPANDED TRACK ON NOVEMBER 22, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (August 28, 2019)— San Francisco’s favorite holiday tradition, The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines, returns for an exciting season of events, holiday festivities, and outdoor skating beginning Wednesday, November 6, 2019 and remaining open through Monday, January 20, 2020. The Winter Park at Civic Center, which made its debut last year outside of San Francisco’s City Hall, returns for its second year beginning Friday, November 22, 2019 and running through Sunday, January 5, 2020. The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink’s roster of events—including the highly anticipated 10th anniversary of Drag Queens On Ice, Silent Skate Party, and Polar Bear Skate—will return this year, along with new and exciting events unique to The Winter Park.

“We are thrilled to bring both of these wonderful outdoor skating experiences back to San Francisco this year,” says Willy Bietak, President of Willy Bietak Productions. “Whether you visit the classic Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in the bustling Union Square or The Winter Park right outside City Hall, there are events and opportunities for skaters of all ages and skating levels. We look forward to welcoming you to the ice to create festive memories this season.”

Since 2008, The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines has delighted children and adults with its holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square. From families to friends, and couples to colleagues, everyone can enjoy ice skating in San Francisco’s iconic plaza surrounded by festive lights and the sights and sounds of the season. Novices and naturals, alike, will love the outdoor ice skating experience in the middle of beautiful San Francisco.

Modeled after the internationally-famed Wiener-project—an ice-skating rink located in the City Hall Square of Vienna, Austria—The Winter Park debuted in San Francisco last year as the first attraction of its kind in the United States. For its sophomore holiday season, in addition to the 60 x 100 sq. ft. rink, the skating track that weaves through the lighted tree forest will also be extended. This is part of the planned expansion of The Winter Park, which will continue to evolve as an adventure park on ice with new interactive elements for the whole family added each year.

Initiatives to make this festive winter wonderland accessible to the entire Bay Area community will return this year. This includes the Tenderloin Community Benefit program, which invites each child attending public school (grades K–12) in the Tenderloin district to experience The Winter Park free of charge. Additional details about these initiatives will be announced at a later date.

TICKETS

Tickets for regular admission at both The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink and The Winter Park are $18 for adults and $13 for children eight years old and under, with figure skate or hockey skate rental included in the cost of admission.

Tickets for The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink can be purchased online in advance by visiting unionsquareicerink.com or calling 415-781-2688 beginning October 6, 2019, and will also be available at the ice rink ticket window in Union Square Park (333 Post St. in San Francisco). A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Tickets for The Winter Park can be purchased online in advance by visiting winterparkicerinksf.com or calling 415-757-0014 beginning October 22, 2019 and will be also available at the ice rink ticket window (355 McAllister St. in San Francisco). Group rates and private parties are also available at both websites.

HOURS

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink hours are from 10 a.m.–11:30 p.m. daily through January 20, 2020, with the exception of closing at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

The Winter Park Ice Rink hours are from 12–10 p.m. daily through January 5, 2020.

SPECIAL EVENTS

For the special event lineup and social media information of The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, click HERE.

For the special event lineup and social media information of The Winter Park at Civic Center, click HERE.

SPONSORS

Sponsors of The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square:

Safeway, Alaska Airlines, Eventbrite, Kaiser Permanente, Macy’s, AMALUNA by Cirque du Soleil, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Alcatraz Cruises, Union Square Business Improvement District, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Parc 55 San Francisco, Galleria Park Hotel, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Omni San Francisco, John’s Grill, NBC Bay Area, BART, SFMTA, STAR 101.3, 98.1 The Breeze, 106.1 KMEL, iHeart80s @ 103.7, WiLD 94.9, Real Talk 910, and Telemundo 48.

Sponsors of The Winter Park at Civic Center:

Eventbrite, Alcatraz Cruises, AMALUNA by Cirque du Soleil, Cova Hotel, Hotel Carlton, Phoenix Hotel, NBC Bay Area, BART, SFMTA, STAR 101.3, 98.1 The Breeze, 106.1 KMEL, iHeart80s @ 103.7, WiLD 94.9, Real Talk 910, and Telemundo 48.

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About Willy Bietak Productions

Santa Monica-based Willy Bietak Productions is a full-service production company specializing in the development and production of high-quality family entertainment. With a staff of award-winning designers, directors, choreographers and musical arrangers – backed by a talented production and management team – Willy Bietak Productions conceives, packages and tours international entertainment spectaculars as well as special events. For more information, please visit bietakproductions.com.

About the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department currently manages more than 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces throughout San Francisco, including two outside city limits—Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. The system includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, golf courses, sports fields and numerous small-to-medium-sized clubhouses that offer a variety of sports- and arts-related recreation programs for people of all ages. Included in the Department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced. In 2017, San Francisco became the first and only city in the nation where all residents have access to a park within a 10-minute walk, a direct result of the Department’s commitment to increasing and improving parkland in the city.

For more information and additional holiday images, please contact:
Regina Merrill | Charles Zukow Associates | press@charleszukow.com | 415-296-0677

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TICKETS FOR THE SAFEWAY HOLIDAY ICE RINK IN UNION SQUARE PRESENTED BY ALASKA AIRLINES NOW ON SALE

San Francisco’s favorite holiday tradition returns for its 11th season on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (October 1, 2018) – Tickets for The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines, are now on sale. The 11th season of San Francisco’s favorite holiday tradition kicks off Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. with the annual opening day Icebreaker ceremony. The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. through January, 21, 2019, with the exception of closing at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018. Ticket prices for regular admission are $18 and $13 for children eight years old and under, with figure skate or hockey skate rental included in the cost of admission. Tickets can now be purchased online in advance at unionsquareicerink.com, and will also be available at the ice rink ticket window in Union Square Park (333 Post Street in San Francisco) beginning Wednesday, November 7. Group rates and private parties are also available on the Corporate and Private Events page.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink’s roster of highly anticipated events in San Francisco, including Drag Queens on Ice, Silent Skate, and the Polar Bear Skate, will also return this year. Tickets for special events are available online on the San Francisco Events page.

The lineup of special events for the season are listed below.

Icebreaker Opening Celebration | Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 9:30–10 a.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines will open with a special ceremony to “break the ice” and kick off the holiday ice skating season. The ceremony will feature local celebrities and festivities, and additional activities to be announced at a later date.

Learn to Skate presented by Kaiser Permanente | Every Saturday and Sunday | 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Kaiser Permanente invites skaters with little to no experience to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors every weekend. Lessons are free (including skate rental) to those who sign up in advance.  Space is limited to 50 participants per day. Sign up here: https://unionsquareicerink.com/san-francisco-events/.

Flashback Fridays presented by iHeart80s @ 103.7| Friday, November 9, 2018; Friday, December 14, 2018; Friday, January 11, 2019 | 6–7:30 p.m. and 8–9:30 p.m.

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines celebrates more than a decade of outdoor ice skating by throwing it back to the musical hits of everyone’s favorite decade—the ‘80s—at “Flashback Fridays.” On the second Friday of each month, these special sessions feature iHeart80s @ 103.7 personalities on-hand spinning hits by Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Lionel Richie, and more! Skaters are encouraged to don their favorite legwarmers and unitard, and come party at this totally tubular event!

Drag Queens on Ice Presented by Alaska Airlines | Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 8–9:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is never more fabulous than during one of the City’s most popular events of the holiday season—Drag Queens on Ice. Watch some of San Francisco’s fiercest Bay Area drag queens lip-sync and skate the night away for the ninth consecutive year.

Silent Skate Party | Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 6–7:30 p.m. and 8–9:30 p.m.

The popular Silent Skate Party returns to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines for one night only! A silent disco on ice, Silent Skate Party transports guests from the bustling Union Square to a skate dance party like no other. Headphones will be provided to all skaters, who then have the ability to choose one of three stations to listen to as they skate the night away.

Polar Bear Skate: San Francisco Edition | Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | 2–3:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines welcomes skaters of all ages to the return of San Francisco’s take on the popular Canadian tradition. In this version, ice skaters are encouraged to put on their bathing suit, grab their shades and “take the plunge” in the ice rink for this New Year’s Day Union Square tradition. All skaters are invited to kick-off the New Year in their chicest, wildest, and most inventive beach attire in hopes of walking away with prizes, awarded on theme, originality and overall appearance.

Sponsors of The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

Safeway, Alaska Airlines, Eventbrite, Kaiser Permanente, Macy’s, Union Square Business Improvement District, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Parc 55 San Francisco, Galleria Park Hotel, Hotel Triton, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Hotel Zoe San Francisco, John’s Grill, Curran, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, NBC Bay Area, BART, SFMTA, STAR 101.3, 98.1 The Breeze, 106.1 KMEL, iHeart80s @ 103.7, WiLD 94.9, Real Talk 910 and Telemundo 48.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink Social Media Links

Official Hashtag                   #unionsquarerink

Facebook                                  Facebook.com/UnionSquareRink

Twitter                                      @UnionSquareRink

Instagram                                @UnionSquareRink

Snapchat                        snapchat/add/unionsquarerink

 

Ice Skating B-Roll Video

To download, please click here and save the video file to your desktop.

About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines

Since 2008, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square.  Ticket prices are $18 for regular admission and $13 for children eight years old and under. Figure skate or hockey skate rental are included in the cost of admission. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily, with the exception of closing at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.  For tickets or more information, please visit unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.

About Willy Bietak Productions

Santa Monica-based Willy Bietak Productions is a full-service production company specializing in the development and production of high quality family entertainment. With a staff of award-winning designers, directors, choreographers and musical arrangers – backed by a talented production and management team – Willy Bietak Productions conceives, packages and tours international entertainment spectaculars as well as special events. For more information, please visit www.bietakproductions.com.

About the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department currently manages more than 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces throughout San Francisco, including two outside city limits—Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. The system includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, golf courses, sports fields and numerous small-to-medium-sized clubhouses that offer a variety of sports- and arts-related recreation programs for people of all ages. Included in the Department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced. In 2017, San Francisco became the first and only city in the nation where all residents have access to a park within a 10-minute walk, a direct result of the Department’s commitment to increasing and improving parkland in the city.

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For more information and additional holiday images, please contact:

Regina Merrill | Charles Zukow Associates | reginam@charleszukow.com | 415-296-0677

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***CALLING ALL DRAG QUEENS!***

THE SAFEWAY HOLIDAY ICE RINK IN UNION SQUARE IS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE  2018 DRAG QUEENS ON ICE

FABULOUS ANNUAL EVENT RETURNS
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2018 FROM 89:30 P.M.

SAN FRANCISCO (September 27, 2018) – The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is thrilled to announce the return of Drag Queens On Ice, San Francisco’s most fabulous holiday tradition, on Thursday, December 6 from 8­­–9:30 p.m. Over the past eight years, Drag Queens On Ice has become one the City’s most anticipated seasonal events, drawing bigger crowds and bigger talent every year. For its ninth year, The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink is introducing its first “Call for Queens,” where drag queens across the Bay Area are invited to submit a video of their performance for a chance to participate in the iconic holiday tradition. From fierce to festive, applicants are asked to don their gayest apparel and record a short video of them showcasing their act or routine. Ice skating skills are not required, but highly recommended. Drag kings are encouraged to apply. For more information or to download a submission form, visit unionsquareicerink.com/san-francisco-events/.

Each video and a profile on the applicant will be shared across social media, engaging the public for a vote to select the five queens that will perform. Those selected to perform will get to lip-synch, strut, and twirl into the hearts of a captive new audience at Union Square as well as receive a prize package valued at $200. Participants in the competition will also be featured on The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink Social Media Channels:

Facebook                         @UnionSquareRink
Twitter                              @UnionSquareRink
Instagram                        @UnionSquareRink

Winners will be selected and announced on Wednesday, November 7 at the opening ceremony for The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square.

Legendary San Francisco drag personality Donna Sachet will return to serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. “San Francisco is home to so many fabulous drag queens and they are no strangers to competition…but only five will get these coveted spots on the ice,” says Donna Sachet. “I can’t wait to see participants pull out all the stops for this first contest! And I hope to see some extraordinary Drag Kings out there ready to compete as well!”

Drag Queens On Ice is open to all ages and free to watch. Tickets for this public session and to skate alongside the queens** are $25 for adults and $20 for children. Tickets will be available online at unionsquareicerink.com beginning Monday, October 1, or in person at the ice rink ticket window in Union Square Park (333 Post Street in San Francisco).

**Due to the performances, please note that skating time for the general public is shortened to 45 minutes.

About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines
Since 2008, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square.  Ticket prices are $18 for regular admission and $13 for children eight years old and under. Figure skate or hockey skate rental are included in the cost of admission. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily, with the exception of closing at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.  For tickets or more information, please visit unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.

About Willy Bietak Productions
Santa Monica-based Willy Bietak Productions is a full-service production company specializing in the development and production of high quality family entertainment. With a staff of award-winning designers, directors, choreographers and musical arrangers – backed by a talented production and management team – Willy Bietak Productions conceives, packages and tours international entertainment spectaculars as well as special events. For more information, please visit www.bietakproductions.com.

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For more information and additional images, please contact:

Regina Merrill | Charles Zukow Associates | reginam@charleszukow.com | 415-296-0677

 

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SAN FRANCISCO’S ICONIC SAFEWAY HOLIDAY ICE RINK IN UNION SQUARE RETURNS FOR 11TH SEASON BEGINNING NOVEMBER 7, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (September 12, 2018) – San Francisco’s favorite holiday tradition, The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines, returns for another festive season of unique events, holiday festivities, and outdoor skating beginning Wednesday, November 7, 2018 and remaining open through Monday, January 21, 2019. The opening day Icebreaker ceremony will take place Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and will feature local celebrities and festivities. Additionally, The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink’s roster of highly anticipated events, including Drag Queens on IceSilent Skate, and the Polar Bear Skate will return this year.

“For more than a decade, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square has been an integral part of celebrating the holidays in San Francisco,” says Willy Bietak, President of Willy Bietak Productions. “After an outstanding tenth anniversary celebration last year, we are excited to continue offering an iconic holiday experience in Union Square. Our crowd-favorite events, including Drag Queens on Ice, will be bigger and better than ever before as the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink enters a new era.”

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. through January, 21, 2019, with the exception of closing at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018. Ticket prices for regular admission are $18 and $13 for children eight years old and under, with figure skate or hockey skate rental included in the cost of admission. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at unionsquareicerink.com starting October 1, 2018. Tickets will also be available at the ice rink ticket window in Union Square Park (333 Post Street in San Francisco). Group rates and private parties are also available at unionsquareicerink.com/corporate-events/.

The lineup of special events for the season are listed below.

Icebreaker Opening Celebration |Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 9:30—10 a.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines will open with a special ceremony to “break the ice” and kick off the holiday ice skating season. The ceremony will feature local celebrities and festivities, and additional activities to be announced at a later date.

Learn to Skate presented by Kaiser Permanente | Every Saturday and Sunday | 8:30—9:30 a.m.

Kaiser Permanente invites skaters with little to no experience to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors every weekend. Lessons are free (including skate rental) to those who sign up in advance.  Space is limited to 50 participants per day. Sign up at unionsquareicerink.com/plan-your-visit/. 

Flashback Fridays presented by iHeart80s @ 103.7| Friday, November 9, 2018; Friday, December 14, 2018; Friday, January 11, 2019 | 6—7:30 p.m. and 8—9:30 p.m.

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines celebrates more than a decade of outdoor ice skating by throwing it back to the musical hits of everyone’s favorite decade—the ‘80s—at “Flashback Fridays.” On the second Friday of each month, these special sessions feature iHeart80s @ 103.7 personalities on-hand spinning hits by Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Lionel Richie, and more! Skaters are encouraged to don their favorite legwarmers and unitard, and come party at this totally tubular event!

Drag Queens on Ice Presented by Alaska Airlines | Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 8—9:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is never more fabulous than during one of the City’s most popular events of the holiday season—Drag Queens on Ice. Watch some of San Francisco’s fiercest Bay Area drag queens lip-sync and skate the night away for the ninth consecutive year.

Silent Skate Party | Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 6—7:30 p.m. and 8—9:30 p.m.

The popular Silent Skate Party returns to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines for one night only! A silent disco on ice, Silent Skate Party transports guests from the bustling Union Square to a skate dance party like no other. Headphones will be provided to all skaters, who then have the ability to choose one of three stations to listen to as they skate the night away.

Polar Bear Skate: San Francisco Edition | Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | 2—3:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines welcomes skaters of all ages to the return of San Francisco’s take on the popular Canadian tradition. In this version, ice skaters are encouraged to put on their bathing suit, grab their shades and “take the plunge” in the ice rink for this New Year’s Day Union Square tradition. All skaters are invited to kick-off the New Year in their chicest, wildest, and most inventive beach attire in hopes of walking away with prizes, awarded on theme, originality and overall appearance.

Sponsors of The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

Safeway, Alaska Airlines, Eventbrite, Kaiser Permanente, Macy’s, Union Square Business Improvement District, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Parc 55 San Francisco, Galleria Park Hotel, Hotel Triton, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Hotel Zoe San Francisco, John’s Grill, NBC Bay Area, BART, SFMTA, STAR 101.3, 98.1 The Breeze, 106.1 KMEL, iHeart80s @ 103.7, WiLD 94.9, Real Talk 910 and Telemundo 48.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink Social Media Links

Official Hashtag  #unionsquarerink

Facebook  Facebook.com/UnionSquareRink

Twitter  @UnionSquareRink

Instagram  @UnionSquareRink

Snapchat  snapchat/add/unionsquarerink

 

Ice Skating B-Roll Video

To download, please click here and save the video file to your desktop. 

About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines

Since 2007, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square.  Ticket prices are $18 for regular admission and $13 for children eight years old and under. Figure skate or hockey skate rental are included in the cost of admission. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily, with the exception of closing at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.  For tickets or more information, please visit unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.

About Willy Bietak Productions

Santa Monica-based Willy Bietak Productions is a full-service production company specializing in the development and production of high quality family entertainment. With a staff of award-winning designers, directors, choreographers and musical arrangers – backed by a talented production and management team – Willy Bietak Productions conceives, packages and tours international entertainment spectaculars as well as special events. For more information, please visit www.bietakproductions.com.

About the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department currently manages more than 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces throughout San Francisco, including two outside city limits—Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. The system includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, golf courses, sports fields and numerous small-to-medium-sized clubhouses that offer a variety of sports- and arts-related recreation programs for people of all ages. Included in the Department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced. In 2017, San Francisco became the first and only city in the nation where all residents have access to a park within a 10-minute walk, a direct result of the Department’s commitment to increasing and improving parkland in the city.

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For more information and additional holiday images, please contact:

Regina Merrill | Charles Zukow Associates | reginam@charleszukow.com | 415-296-0677

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Give Back this #GivingTuesday: The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to partner with The Sharks Foundation for an Open Call for Baby Clothes to Aid Local Disadvantaged Families

SAN FRANCISCO (November 21, 2017) – The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines partners with the Sharks Foundation to support Loved Twice, a Bay Area nonprofit dedicated to aiding underprivileged families through the collection of baby clothes. In honor of the holiday season’s spirit of charitable giving, the three organizations will be holding a clothing drive open to all interested guests at the ice rink on Tuesday, November 28, known around the world as Giving Tuesday, a widely-recognized and celebrated day of charitable giving.

Starting at 10 a.m. on November 28, people are welcome to join in support of Loved Twice by dropping off new or gently-used baby clothes at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, San Francisco. For each item of clothing donated, Alaska Airlines will be contributing $1 in cash to the nonprofit that will go directly to families in need. Additionally, each person who donates will be entered into a raffle with the chance to win a handful of prizes, including two roundtrip tickets anywhere on Alaska Airlines’ or Virgin America’s network, a one-night stay in a Union Square hotel, or a free dinner at a top-rated restaurant in San Francisco. Free face paintings and other fun giveaways and entertainment will be available throughout the day to participants.

“During this season of giving, we are proud to support Loved Twice and their heartwarming efforts to provide much-needed clothes to underserved families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Willy Bietak, President of Willy Bietak Productions, which manages the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square.

“Giving Tuesday is near-and-dear to our heart as Alaska Airlines is committed to giving back to the communities that we serve,” said Annabel Chang, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of Bay Area, who invited the public to join on social media by using #GivingTuesday and #AlaskaCares. “Through the combined efforts of our amazing partners and local residents, we are able to support the valuable work of Loved Twice. This holiday season, we are working to ensure that Bay Area newborns have quality clothes for their first year of life.”

For individuals not able to drop off donations on Giving Tuesday, Alaska Airlines and the Sharks Foundation will continue the clothing drive on December 10. Those attending the San Jose Sharks vs. Minnesota Wild game on December 10 are encouraged to bring baby clothes with them and have another opportunity to be entered into a drawing for a pair of roundtrip tickets courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

“The Sharks Foundation is pleased to support Loved Twice to make a positive impact on the lives of the families with whom they work,” said Heather Hooper, Director of the Sharks Foundation. “The work of the Sharks Foundation focuses on positively impacting the lives of youth and families in our community. Providing clothing to newborns during the holiday season addresses a need that will resonate with these families at a time of year when they can most use the assistance. We are pleased to be working with great partners in Alaska Airlines and the Union Square Ice Rink and thank our communities for supporting these efforts on Giving Tuesday.”

“Loved Twice is grateful to Alaska Airlines, the Sharks Foundation and the Union Square Ice Rink for their commitment to the community by coordinating this special event to help local newborns-in-need,” said Lisa Klein, Founder of Loved Twice. “The clothes collected will truly be making a difference in the lives of Bay Area babies who otherwise would not have infant clothes this winter.”

About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines
Since 2007, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square. Ticket prices are $18 for regular admission and $13 for children eight years old and under. Figure skate or hockey skate rental are included in the cost of admission. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. For tickets or more information, please visit www.unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.

About Willy Bietak Productions
Santa Monica-based Willy Bietak Productions is a full-service production company specializing in the development and production of high quality family entertainment. With a staff of award-winning designers, directors, choreographers and musical arrangers – backed by a talented production and management team – Willy Bietak Productions conceives, packages and tours international entertainment spectaculars as well as special events. For more information, please visit www.bietakproductions.com.

About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America” in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Learn more about Alaska’s award-winning service at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).

Alaska Airlines will match each clothing donation by an individual with a $1 contribution to Loved Twice up to a cap of two-thousand dollars where the donation meets the criteria of Loved Twice.

About the Sharks Foundation
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of education, health and safety, and character development. During the 2016-17 season, the Sharks Foundation donated a record-breaking $1.8 million in funding to support the Bay Area. Since its inception in 1994, the Foundation has given more than $12 million to thousands of high performing non-profit organizations serving youth and families in need. To learn more about how the Sharks Foundation is helping underserved children and families in the community, read our 2016-17 Community Report, visit SharksFoundation.org or connect on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

About Loved Twice
The mission of Loved Twice is to clothe newborns-in-need with quality new and gently-used baby clothing for the first year of life. Our nonprofit partners with a network of 154 social-service agencies to provide baby clothes to underserved families. Since 2005, Loved Twice has distributed 1,377,825 essential baby garments into underserved communities with an estimated retail value of $4,822,387. For us, even one infant going without proper clothing is one too many.

Contacts: Julie Richter, The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, 415-296-0677, julier@charleszukow.com Kevin Nguyen, Alaska Airlines, 650-762-7037, kevin.nguyen@alaskaair.com Missy Zielinski, Sharks Foundation, 585-208-7093, mzielinksi@sharkssports.net

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