Organizers of “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” at the Atlanta Civic Center announced Friday the “To Give is Golden!” partnership with Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, which kicks off on February 2. Beginning in the month of February, more than 260 participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout the Atlanta area will provide customers with discount coupons for $5 off regular-priced adult tickets to the King Tut exhibition at the Atlanta Civic Center. For each coupon redeemed, exhibition organizers will donate $5 to Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, with a minimum donation of $10,000 pledged by exhibition organizers. The total donation amount will be determined at the end of the promotion, when all coupons have been redeemed.
The coupons, which are good for use until April 1, can be redeemed through www.ticketmaster.com/kingtut, or at the King Tut box office at the Atlanta Civic Center. People can purchase up to eight tickets with the discount on ticketmaster.com. If purchasing tickets at the box office, there is a limit of one discounted ticket per customer.
“Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is grateful for the support of The King Tut exhibit. Their generous support will help to provide a ‘home away from home’ to families of ill and injured children staying at Atlanta’s two Ronald McDonald Houses,” says Linda M. Morris, president/CEO of ARMHC.
Additionally, to celebrate the promotion, employees of the participating McDonald’s restaurants will be entitled to a 50 percent discount off regular-priced adult tickets during the month of February.
“We are proud to partner with an organization that is committed to providing support to children, families and the community,” said John Norman, president of Arts and Exhibitions International. “This partnership provides families the opportunity to see this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition and, as a result, help raise funds that will allow Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities to continue its mission of supporting families devastated by the illness or injury of a child.”
The exhibition opened at the Atlanta Civic Center on November 15, 2008 and will remain in Atlanta until
May 25, 2009.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Premiering November 15, 2008, to May 25, 2009, at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” features striking objects from some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, from the 4th Dynasty into the Late Period (about 2600 B.C. – 660 B.C.). Derived from a variety of contexts, including temples and royal and private tombs, many of these artifacts have never before visited the United States.
Tutankhamun was one of the last kings of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty and ruled during a crucial, turmoil-filled period of Egyptian history. The boy king died under mysterious circumstances around age 18 or 19, in the ninth year of his reign (1323 B.C.).
The exhibition highlights more than 50 treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb and more than 70 artifacts representing other pharaohs and notables, along with the latest scientific research about King Tut. The storyline follows the splendor of the Egyptian pharaohs, their function in the earthly and divine worlds, and what kingship meant to the Egyptian people.
Four galleries devoted to King Tut correspond to the four rooms of his nearly intact tomb, where the treasures were discovered by British explorer Howard Carter in 1922. Legendary artifacts from the antechamber, the annex, the treasury and the burial chamber include Tutankhamun’s golden sandals, jewelry, furniture, weaponry and statuary.
The final gallery features CT scans of Tutankhamun that were obtained as part of a landmark, Egyptian research and conservation project, partially funded by National Geographic, that will CT-scan the ancient mummies of Egypt. The Tutankhamun scans were captured through the use of a portable CT scanner, donated by Siemens Medical Solutions, which allowed researchers to compile the first three-dimensional picture of Tutankhamun and discover more about his life and death.
Tickets to the exhibition at the Atlanta Civic Center can be purchased for visits every day of the week, on the half-hour from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (galleries close at 7 p.m.). Single tickets range from $16.50-$32.50 and are available at the exhibition box office, 1-877-TUT-TKTS (1-877-888-8587) or www.Ticketmaster.com. Group tickets for 10 or more are available at 1-866-52GROUP (1-866-524-7687) or www.kingtut.org. Audio tours ($7) and tickets for “Egypt 3D: Secrets of the Mummies” ($5) can be added at the time of purchase or at the exhibition.
ABOUT ATLANTA RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES
Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of children by providing temporary housing and support services to families of critically ill and injured children being treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite and Egleston and by awarding scholarships to qualifying high school seniors. Atlanta’s first Ronald McDonald House, the fourth in the world, located at 792 Houston Mill Road featured 16 bedrooms and hosted more than 24,000 families since opening in 1979. This facility closed May 1, 2008 as the new 50-bedroom Gatewood facility opened on June 9, 2008 less than a mile away. In June of 1994, the second house opened at 5420 Peachtree Dunwoody Road which includes 11 bedrooms and has hosted more than 8,000 families.
At the Ronald McDonald House, families can enjoy many of the comforts of home, receive nutritious meals prepared and served by volunteers and obtain emotional support through contact with other families experiencing similar situations. No family is turned away if they cannot afford the $20 per night requested contribution and many of these families stay at the Ronald McDonald House for weeks and sometimes months while their children receive treatment at local children’s hospitals.
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