Rare, Original Copy of Declaration of Independence by vvd20098


									    Rare, Original Copy of Declaration of Independence Comes to Las Vegas
 ~Cricket and Declare Yourself Partner to Bring One of the Nation’s Most Revered Documents to Las Vegas
                                        on Monday, April 14, 2008~

LAS VEGAS – April 10, 2008 – A rare, original copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on public
display from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2008 in the Spirit of America Room at Madame
Tussauds Las Vegas located outside The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. The Declaration is one of only 25
surviving Dunlap broadside copies of the famous document that were printed on the evening of July 4,
1776. Cricket Communications Inc, a leading provider of unlimited wireless services, and Declare Yourself, a
nonpartisan youth voter initiative, have partnered to bring the “People’s Document” to cities across the
country. Admission is free.
The Cricket Wireless Declaration Road Trip 2008 provides visitors the opportunity to interact with an
entertaining and educational multimedia exhibit. In addition to the Declaration, visitors can view an
informative Declare Yourself video hosted by actress Reese Witherspoon, a descendant of one of the
original signers of the document, explaining the history and contemporary relevance of the Declaration. A
14-minute film produced by Norman Lear and Rob Reiner will also be shown and features a powerful
theatrical reading of the Declaration of Independence by a distinguished group of actors, including Mel
Gibson, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Spacey, Michael Douglas, and Renee Zellweger, among
Other activities include on-site voter registration and youth voting booths designed to educate young people
about the importance of the voting process and voicing their opinions. Visitors will be able to electronically
cast their vote on several topics that are relevant to young voters, such as lowering the voting age, the
environment and mandatory volunteer service requirements for graduation.
“We are thrilled to partner with Declare Yourself to bring such an amazing national treasure to Las Vegas,”
said Jason Biado, area general manager for Cricket. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see American
history up close. Nearly half of Cricket’s customers are between the ages of 18 and 34, which means that
many will be first-time voters in this election. We felt this was an important initiative to embrace and help
our city’s youth understand the importance of independence, freedom and the right to vote.”
This copy of the Declaration of Independence first toured the nation in 2002 after Hollywood producer
Norman Lear purchased this original copy of the Dunlap broadside in a Sotheby’s online auction (the
document was discovered in 1989 hidden behind a framed painting purchased at a flea market). Lear
decided to bring the “People’s Document” directly to Americans through the Declaration of Independence
Road Trip, which traveled cross-country for three years to more than 50 cities. With a new sponsorship from
Cricket Communications, the DOI Road Trip is making a comeback, traveling to 16 cities throughout 2008,
including Oklahoma City, Corpus Christi, Memphis, Portland, San Diego, Beaumont, Houston, St. Louis,
Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Denver, Milwaukee, Savannah, Philadelphia and Nashville.
“Each time we bring this revered document to a city, the interest is overwhelming,” said Marc Morgenstern,
executive director of Declare Yourself. “There’s no better way to tell the story of the birth of America than
by letting people get up close and personal with the Declaration of Independence. It’s a true reminder of
the freedoms we all cherish and the importance of participating in this election year.”
In September 2007, Declare Yourself announced Cricket as its presenting sponsor of the 2007-2008 voter
registration campaign. Cricket’s sponsorship underscores Declare Yourself’s commitment to using cutting-
edge technology to create awareness and participation among today’s youth in the voting process. Cricket is
collaborating with Declare Yourself to create unique mobile and online content, and wireless applications for
young people to engage in the democratic process via their handheld devices.

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    For more information on the Declare Yourself 2008 voter initiative, visit www.declareyourself.com.

    About Cricket®
    Cricket is a simple, affordable wireless service offering consumers and local businesses a flat-rate unlimited
    service over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network.
    Designed for customers whose basic and advanced wireless needs have not been met by traditional
    communications companies, Cricket is the pioneer of unlimited services with no long-term commitments or
    credit checks required. Cricket offers customers access to a variety of the latest devices and feature-rich
    mobile applications such as unlimited text, instant and picture messaging, Mobile Web, popular games,
    ringtones and wallpapers. For more information on Cricket, visit www.mycricket.com. Cricket services are
    offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on
    Leap, visit www.leapwireless.com.

    About Declare Yourself
    Declare Yourself is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign that energizes and empowers every eligible
    18- to 29-year-old in America to register and vote in the 2008 presidential election. Partnering with leaders
    in education, the entertainment industry, popular online destinations and media outlets, the fashion industry
    and retailers, Declare Yourself registered more than 1.2 million people in the 2004 and 2006 elections at
    www.DeclareYourself.com. The nonprofit, founded by Norman Lear, was launched in 2003 as the
    culmination of the Declaration of Independence Road Trip, a nationwide multi-media exhibit and tour of an
    original copy of the Declaration of Independence.


    Media Contacts:
    Virgen Advertising                                                             Cricket Communications, Inc.
    David Sheleheda                                                              Courtney Prato, Media Relations
    702-616-0624                                                                                  858-882-6335
    dsheleheda@virgenad.com                                                  cprato@cricketcommunications.com

                                                                                                Declare Yourself
                                                                            Marc Morgenstern, Executive Director

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