“Share The Warmth”

· Long Center City Terrace
· Wednesday, November 21, 2012
· 11a-6p

A collaboration between Texas Gas Service, Caritas of Austin and the Long Center will benefit members of the Austin community who are most in need this holiday season. All proceeds from Share The Warmth, a Texas Gas Service program that helps families in 33 Texas Counties get help with their home-heating costs, will benefit Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit organization that aims to help men, women and children in Travis County who are experiencing homelessness and poverty meet their needs and achieve self-sufficiency. On Nov. 21, Texas Gas Service, Caritas of Austin and the Long Center for the Performing Arts will host a Share The Warmth event on the Long Center City Terrace from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. leading up to that night’s performance of Cirque Dreams Holidaze.


The Share The Warmth event on Nov. 21 will be a fun chance for families to kick off their Thanksgiving celebrations with a day of merriment, games and the opportunity to share their thanks by giving back to the Austin community. Attendees can bring canned goods to donate to the Caritas of Austin Pantry. These canned goods will help Caritas provide take-home groceries for their clients this holiday season.


"We are honored to be partnered with Texas Gas Service and Caritas of Austin for Share The Warmth this holiday season," said Jamie Grant, CEO and executive director of the Long Center. "By teaming up with these two amazing forces, The Long Center, Austin's Creative Home, is able to help so many Texas families keep their own homes safe and warm this winter."


In addition to canned food donations which can be made on the day of the Share The Warmth event, monetary donations to Share The Warmth can be made through your monthly Texas Gas Service bill. This year you can also donate directly to Caritas of Austin by texting the keyword “WARMTH” to 20222. An automatic $10 tax-deductible donation will be made to Caritas of Austin and added to your phone bill.


“Share The Warmth is a wonderful opportunity for families in the Austin community to give the gift of warmth this Holiday Season. We are so thankful to be part of this collaboration,” said Jo Kathryn Quinn, executive director of Caritas of Austin. “With support from our friends at the Long Center and Texas Gas Service, Caritas will be able to help our clients meet their basic needs and help them achieve self-sufficiency.”


Today marks the kickoff of a ‘20 Days of Sharing’ challenge made by the ONEOK Foundation. ONEOK will match 15 percent of all donations made to Share The Warmth from today through the Nov, 25.


About Caritas of Austin

Founded in 1964, Caritas of Austin is a nonprofit organization that serves 20,000 homeless, working poor and documented refugees in Travis County.  Caritas provides a service continuum for those experiencing poverty that begins with a safety net and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency. Help us build a community where there is respect for all individuals and hope for those experiencing poverty. For more information, visit www.caritasofaustin.org.


About the Long Center

The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts (Long Center) is a world-class, sustainably built cultural centerpiece located along Lady Bird Lake with spectacular views of Austin’s downtown skyline. The Long Center is Austin’s iconic cultural hub and community gathering place, showcasing, inspiring and nurturing the best in professional creative expression. For more information, please visit www.TheLongCenter.org or call 512.474.LONG (5664) for ticket information.


About Texas Gas Service

Texas Gas Service provides natural gas service to more than 600,000 customers in the state of Texas. It is a division of ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE), a diversified energy company.  ONEOK (pronounced ONE-AOK) is the general partner and owns 43.4 percent of ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS), one of the largest publicly traded limited partnerships, which is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the U.S. and owns one of the nation’s premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers.  ONEOK is among the largest natural gas distributors in the United States, serving more than 2 million customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.  Its energy services operation focuses primarily on marketing natural gas and related services throughout the U.S.  ONEOK is a Fortune 500 company and is included in the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Stock Index.