The skinny on the remaining Virgin Mobile FreeFest tickets
In case you're just tuning in, there are close to 3,000 tickets left to this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. (Backstory here).
To get one of 2,400 general admission tickets, you have to volunteer for an act of community service -- giving blood, cleaning up parks, etc. -- through this Web site.
The initiative, called the Summer of Service, is being spearheaded by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.
The sign-up for volunteering starts at noon Thursday. Volunteers must be 18 and older. In the coming weeks, the volunteering will be expanded to include other counties throughout the state.
But wait, there's more ...
Virgin Mobile is launching their own volunteering campaign in conjunction with the Summer of Service, called the Free I.P. (it's a play on V.I.P.).
Fans can sign up for 13 hours of volunteer work at a designated youth homeless center in trade for one V.I.P. pass to the festival. There are about 400 V.I.P spots up for grabs, according to Ron Faris, Virgin U.S.A.'s senior director of brand marketing an innovation.
Go here for more information.
I'd like to take a moment and put my two cents in here: This is a smart move by Ulman and Virgin Mobile. These tickets are a hot commodity right now, and I'm surprised they didn't hold onto more than just 3,000. Heck, they're going for as much as $695 on StubHub.
(Baltimore Sun by Patrick Smith)