George Lopez partners with food bank for Phoenix show

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For George Lopez fans, Saturday, July 18, will be an eventful night.

The actor-comedian-talk show host brings his latest stand-up tour to the historic Celebrity Theatre for two shows, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and those ticket holders that donate five canned goods/nonperishable items or $5 to St. Mary’s Food Bank are registered to win an upgrade to the front row.

St. Mary’s Food Bank will be on hand to accept donations and make sure those patrons are in the running to upgrade their seats to the front row, according to a press release.

St. Mary’s distributes more food during the summer months than any time during the year, but donations always fall off with so many Arizonans heading to cooler climates, according to the release. This event will help stock the Food Bank shelves for those in need.

St. Mary’s is the world’s first food bank and has been serving the hungry of Arizona for 48 years — providing more than 200,000 meals a day around Arizona, stated the release.

“We’d like to thank Danny Zelisko Presents, Celebrity Theatre, Insight Management and George Lopez for this opportunity to raise awareness of hunger in our community,” stated St. Mary’s President and CEO, Beverly Damore, in the release. “More than one in four Arizona children live in poverty and deal with hunger daily. With school out, moms and dads need to provide three meals a day and turn to St. Mary’s for help. Most needed items include canned fruits and vegetables, canned proteins like tuna, peanut butter and beans, pasta, cereal and rice.”

George Lopez, whose career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television, walked the red carpet in Tempe earlier this year for the premiere of the movie “Spare Parts.” The film is based on the real-life triumph of a Phoenix high-school robotics team and stars Mr. Lopez, Marisa Tomei and Jamie Lee Curtis, according to the release.

Last year, Mr. Lopez starred in the TV series on FX called “Saint George.” He has also hosted “Lopez Tonight,” a late night talk show on TBS, and starred in the highly successful “George Lopez,” which ran for six seasons on ABC, according to the release.

The Los Angeles native was named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America by “Time” in 2006, stated the release.

Doors to the show open at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. This show is suited for mature audiences 18 and older, according to the release.

Tickets options include: $48, $68.50 and $95, are still available at Celebrity Theatre, at 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, or online at www.celebritytheatre.com.

To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to a surcharge.

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