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2004 PRESS RELEASES

BURNING MAN SUPPORTS LOCAL ARTS & COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Black Rock City, LLC Makes Charitable Gifts to the Lovelock/Pershing Community

October 26, 2004 San Francisco, California. – Black Rock City, LLC, the organization that hosts the annual Burning Man event, is pleased to announce that it will donate $10,000 in proceeds from ice sales at the 2004 event to local art and community service organizations.

"Gift-giving is one of the major principles of Burning Man," said Larry Harvey, Founder and Executive Director of Burning Man. "Moreover, giving gifts is not confined within the borders of Black Rock City for the week of our event. It continues year-round to our extended community, and this includes Pershing County."

"Burning Man is about civic responsibility and the arts," said Harvey. "So, we have selected local organizations that support these causes."

Gift recipients include the Marzen House Museum, Pershing County School District, Friends of the Library, Pershing County Senior Center and the Pershing County Humane Society. Burning Man is also pledging funds toward the repair of the antique Seth-Thomas clock located in downtown Lovelock’s historical Courthouse Park. Additionally, Burning Man is partnering with the Pershing County Chamber of Commerce to create an online resource guide on the official Burning Man website. The guide will encourage Burning Man participants to visit the inns, restaurants and shops of Pershing County.

"2004 was the event's fifth straight year that our event has been exclusively in Pershing County," said Marian Goodell, Director of Business & Communications. "As we continue to grow and foster relationships with law enforcement, businesses and organizations in the County, we are able to give more than in prior years."

Goodell continued, "Ice sales are one of the only forms of commerce allowed in Black Rock City. We are pleased to be able to turn the proceeds into charitable gifts to our friends and neighbors."

For fifteen years, the Black Rock Desert North of Reno, Nevada, has been home to the increasingly popular and influential Burning Man event. The annual art event, which began on a beach in San Francisco in 1986, has grown to attract more than 35,000 participants annually, from every state of the Union and twenty-two countries worldwide.

For more information please contact:
Ray Allen, Executive Project Manager
Black Rock City, LLC
(415) 865-3800, ext. 137
ray(at)burningman(dot)com