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“Why should the opportunity gap matter for those of us on its lucky side? The answer is that the destiny of poor kids in America has broad implications for our economy, our democracy and our values.” — Robert D. Putnam
Our Story

Established in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1994, the inspiration for Tickets for Kids came to founder Susan Weiner during a ballgame. The empty seats seemed so wasteful, and so unnecessary. Couldn’t those seats be filled by the community’s disadvantaged kids?

A nearly identical idea occurred in 2000 to Robb Neuenschwander, Twin Cities resident and avid University of Minnesota Gophers basketball fan. Frustrated that so many game seats went unused, Robb founded Minneapolis-based Tix for Tots to fill those seats with kids and mentors who could use them. Recognizing a shared vision and nearly identical missions, Tix for Tots was merged into Tickets for Kids in 2016.

In January 2019, another like-missioned nonprofit, NY-based Seats of Dreams, was merged into Tickets for Kids’ national network.

Through partnerships with approved and vetted nonprofits serving disadvantaged kids and families, TFK has distributed more than 3.2 million tickets valued in excess of $71.5 million for experiences in arts & culture, education & STEM, sports & recreation, and family entertainment.

In 2019 alone, TFK distributed more than 206,000 tickets valued at over $6 million and partnered with nonprofit organizations in 40 states.

Our Team
Jason Riley
Jason J. Riley
Executive Director
Brandice Miller
Brandice E. Miller
Director of Finance & Administration
Susan Murray
Regional Director
Twin Cities Region
Audrie R. Cuddy-Rañon
Audrie R. Cuddy-Rañon
Regional Relationship Manager
Suncoast Region
Anita Coates
Anita Coates
Ticketing Manager
Comocrea Johnson
Ticketing Associate
Nate DelleFave
Ticketing Associate
Our Board
Rob King
Rob King, Chair
AT&T SportsNet
Robb Neuenschwander
Robb Neuenschwander, Vice-Chair
Principal Architect
Mindset Consulting, LLC
David Bieber
David Bieber
Senior Managing Director, Accenture
Elizabeth Colombo
Elizabeth Martin Colombo
Vice President – Corporate Counsel
Davidson Pivot Hotels & Resorts
Jeff Funovits
Jeff Funovits
Campus Planning Director/Principal
Clint Greenbaum
Clint Greenbaum
Making Headway Foundation
Jana Johnson
Jana Johnson
Senior Director of Distribution Partnerships
Jeff Mallory
Jeff Mallory
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Saint Vincent College
Jesse McLean
Jesse McLean, MA
Executive Director
Pressley Ridge/Western PA & NE Ohio
Mike Pindell
Michael Pindell
Senior Vice President
Huntington National Bank
Noah Rouen
Noah Rouen
The Rouen Group
Jill Schlofer
Jill Schlofer
Second Vice President, Implementation & Enrollment
Standard Insurance Company
Fran Steger
Fran Steger
BNY Mellon
Beth Wainwright
Beth Wainwright
Leadership Pittsburgh
Bruce Weiner
Bruce B. Weiner, Emeritus
Longboat Enterprises