Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal CityWalk Stage Friday Night Hurricane Relief Fundraiser…

With Broadcast of ‘Shelter From the Storm’ Telethon

Live Louisiana Music and Appearance by KNBC’s Fred Roggin in a Drive to Raise Funds for Construction of a New Home for Storm Evacuees

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk will mount a hurricane relief fundraiser this Friday (Sept. 9) featuring live Louisiana music, broadcasting “Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast” on CityWalk’s jumbo Astrovision screen and offering free theme park tickets and parking to donors in an effort to raise funds to build a new home for an evacuee family.

Universal Studios Hollywood will partner with Habitat for Humanity to identify the evacuee family and construct their new home.

Beginning at 6:30 pm, donations will be accepted at drop-off points located at all of CityWalk’s main entrances and at tables located at the pedestrian promenade’s main plazas. The first 500 persons to donate $50 or more will receive a free admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood (valued at $53). Those donating $50 or more will also receive a full rebate for their parking.

At 7:00 pm, CityWalk will come alive with a concert by the internationally renowned Louisiana zydeco band, Lisa Haley and the Zydekats. KNBC’s Fred Roggin will emcee and entertain between music sets, New Orleans “po’ boy” sandwiches will be available for purchase and beads will be dispensed to donors. All proceeds from the event will benefit Universal’s Habitat for Humanity effort and will be matched by Universal Studios Hollywood’s Discover A Star Foundation.

Larry Kurzweil, president and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood, said: “As a company, the employees of Universal Studios Hollywood take to heart our responsibility for contributing as best we can to the gulf coast recovery efforts. Though this project appears small in the face of the staggering need created by the tragedy, it’s important that we do the footwork necessary to getting our neighbors’ lives back on track, and perhaps we can best be of service by helping one family at a time to return to normalcy.”

Featuring such unique and ground-breaking attractions as “Revenge of the Mummy,” “Jurassic Park — The Ride,” “Shrek 4-D” and the world-renowned behind-the-scenes “Studio Tour,” Universal Studios Hollywood is the world’s largest movie studio and theme park.

Universal CityWalk is a unique dining and shopping promenade adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood featuring 65 entertainment-themed restaurants, clubs, shops and movie theaters.

Universal Studios Hollywood (www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com) is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com), Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal.

NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

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