The Birmingham Ballet & Make-A-Wish Join Forces to Make the Holidays Magical for Some Special Children and Their Families

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Birmingham Ballet's 15th Anniversary Nutcracker supports Make-A-Wish "Season of Wishes."

The Birmingham Ballet ( announced today that the 15th anniversary run of the Nutcracker will help support Make-A-Wish Foundation's "Season of Wishes".

Festivities kick-off tonight with the Ballet’s annual Silent Auction hosted by Tom Williams Porsche, 3001 Tom Williams Way, Irondale. The gala event begins at 5:30pm and includes live performances by Keith Williams and Nutcracker cast members. JUST ANNOUNCED…Tom Williams Porsche has added a 2-year luxury Porsche lease to the list of auction items. The event is free and open to the public.

Make-A-Wish giving trees will be set up at each Birmingham Ballet Nutcracker performance. Donations will be accepted online or at the show. Birmingham Ballet invites guests to arrive early for special cast member appearances and giveaways.

Greg Fasking, AVP of National Marketing for Infinity Auto Insurance, Executive Show Sponsor, said, "This year's theme is 'Making the Holidays Magical.' I can't think of anything more magical than the work Make-A-Wish does to bring children's dreams to life."

Four performances are scheduled December 10th, 11th, and 12th at the BJCC Concert Hall. Tickets are available online at, at the BJCC box office, or through Ticketmaster.

Birmingham Ballet ( is the area's premier community ballet. The 15th Anniversary run of The Nutcracker brings together a cast of professionals, local celebrities, and area children. The show promises to deliver familiar traditions of the timeless classic alongside a few surprises. The Nutcracker is part of Birmingham Ballet's popular Family Series which debuts Sleeping Beauty in February of 2011.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation: The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, with 64 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

About Infinity Auto Insurance: Infinity Auto Insurance is a national provider of personal automobile insurance and part of the Infinity Property and Casualty group of companies (NASDAQ—IPCC) based in Birmingham, AL. Infinity receives an “A―Excellent” Financial Strength Rating from A.M. Best and an "A Strong" from Standard and Poor's. For more information about Infinity, please visit

Media contact: Cindy Free, Executive Director / cindy(at)birminghamballet(dot)com / 205-516-0022

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