FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TONIC PHOTO STUDIOS ANNOUNCES 2014 PARTNERSHIP WITH ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK ALLIANCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TONIC PHOTO STUDIOS ANNOUNCES 2014 PARTNERSHIP WITH ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK ALLIANCE

Tonic Photo Studios Launches Yearlong Program to Benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s Mission to Alleviate Hunger Throughout Arizona

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Tonic Photo Studios Launches Yearlong Program to Benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s Mission to Alleviate Hunger Throughout Arizona

PHOENIX (Dec. 10, 2013) – Tonic Photo Studios – a local photography studio specializing in food, product, architecture and conceptual photography – announced today a 2014 partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to the hungry in two-thirds of Arizona’s 15 counties.

“We are proud to support St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in its mission to alleviate hunger and help those in need throughout Arizona,” said Patrick Darby, founder of Tonic Photo Studios.  “The program we have developed provides an opportunity to use our specialty in creative food photography in a way that benefits a very worthy cause.  We are honored to work with an organization that does so much for our community, and we look forward to a great partnership.”

As part of the partnership, Tonic Photo Studios will be hosting a gallery pop-up show featuring creative food imagery to raise awareness for the fight against hunger (proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance).  The studio will serve as a drop-off location for clients to donate non-perishable food items throughout the year.  In addition, all items used for food-related photo shoots will be donated to the food bank.

In January 2015, Tonic Photo Studios will present a check to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, which will include a percentage of overall proceeds from photo shoots throughout the year.

“Arizona ranks among the worst states when it comes to childhood poverty, with 2 percent of our kids not knowing where their next meal will come from,” said Beverly Damore, president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.  “Without the help of community partners like Tonic Photo Studios and their participating vendors, there is no way the World’s First Food Bank would be able to distribute nearly 70 million pounds of food annually to the hungry of our state.  We are excited and happy to begin this partnership with Tonic Photo Studios.”

Tonic Photo Studios is located at 1811 W. Third St., Tempe, AZ 85281. For more information, visit www.tonicphotostudios.com or call (480) 209-1831.

About Tonic Photo Studios

Founded in 1989 and rebranded by award-winning photographer Patrick Darby in 2006, Tonic Photo Studios specializes in food, product, architecture and conceptual photography with an unprecedented blend of natural talent and powerful technology.  The creative photography team includes a food stylist, merchandise coordinator and set stylist.  In October 2013, Tonic Photo Studios launched a new headquarters at a 6,400-square-foot state-of-the-art studio in the heart of Tempe, Ariz.  The studio’s client list includes P.F. Chang’s, AJ’s Fine Foods, Kona Grill, RA Sushi, Peter Piper Pizza, NYPD Pizza, The Tilted Kilt, TASER International, PetSmart, Blue Cross Blue Shield among others.  For more information or to schedule a meeting about your next project, call (480) 209-1831.

About St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

Now in its 46th year of serving Arizona, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 300 partner agencies at 400 locations that serve the hungry.  Serving nine of our 15 counties, the organization is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, and is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. In Fiscal Year 2012-13, the Food Bank distributed 70 million pounds of food to families and individuals and garnered more than 290,000 volunteer service hours. Web site: www.FirstFoodBank.org Phone: 602-242-FOOD.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Lauren King

Decibel Blue Creative Marketing & PR

(480) 894-2583

lauren@decibelblue.com

Jerry Brown

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

(602) 343-3160

jjbrown@firstfoodbank.org

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