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Super Bowl Brings Crowds & Benefits Charities

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Super BowlThe Super Bowl is in town – MY town, and though the press says that it’s going to be like Carnival in Rio here for the next few days, so far I haven’t been able to tell the difference. However the stars are out, whether we see them or not, and they have non-stop parties planned through the big night.

And though most of the Super Bowl phenomenon makes us think of lots of carbon emissions, there is actually a lot of good going around as well. First of all, the Super Bowl tries to offset their emissions by planting seedling trees and buying renewable energy credits through Sterling Planet. Additionally, any excess food from the various Super Bowl events will be recovered and donated to Daily Bread Food Bank. Finally, any materials that are left over or no longer needed after the event takes place such as office supplies, promotional items, or constuction materials will be given to non-profits for reuse or fundraising.

magic_mayor.jpgThen, of course, there are the many charity events that happen around the Super Bowl. Also addressing hunger issues is the Taste of the NFL dubbed a “party with a purpose.” The event provides funds for food banks in South Florida and across the US. For $500 you can enter and taste food and wine from top chefs that hail from each of the 31 NFL cities. You’ll probably meet some football players, too!

Also on Saturday, Magic Johnson will hold a celebrity poker tournament benefiting the Magic Johnson Foundation and the Starkey Hearing Foundation. (Photo credit: City of Miami)

Finally, there are lots of organizations and individuals that have auctioned off their Super Bowl tickets to benefit charity.

So we can have fun and save the world, right? Yes, I believe it’s definitely possible. The next step is to get the big celebs and their private parties on board. (Yes, I’m talking to you J. Lo & Marc, Jay-Z & Beyonce, and you too Playboy.)

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