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For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2012

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade Parks Receives Grant from Target for its 2012-2013 Noches Tropicales Concert Series

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department announces that its 2012-2013 Noches Tropicales Concert Series has been awarded a $75,000 grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). 

"The Target grant will allow us to continue bringing wonderful cultural entertainment for residents to enjoy for free," said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.  "Target's partnership with Miami-Dade Parks is a great example of how the business sector can make a difference in the community by supporting recreational opportunities that improve Miami's quality of life.  It's a great opportunity for them to give back to their consumers in a meaningful way."

The free Noches Tropcales concert series held at Tropical Park, celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Hispanic music and dance.  As part of the Department's commitment to making quality arts experiences accessible to the entire Miami-Dade County community, the annual series provides a venue for families to enjoy the performances.  Over the past six years, Noches Tropicales has showcased 21 outdoor concerts that have included traditional Cuban contemporary music and zarzuelas, Argentinean tango, Brazilian jazz, and a Spanish version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

The grant is part of Target's ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target's long history of giving 5 percent of its income to communities, which today equals more than $3 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage. To date Target has provided more than $300,000 in cultural grant funds in support of Noches Tropicales.

"At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business," said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. "That's why we are proud to partner with Miami-Dade Parks as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members."

In addition to the grant received by Miami-Dade Parks, Target also gives through signature programs such as:

  • Take Charge of Education, a school fundraising initiative that provides undesignated funds to local schools for whatever they need most, from books and school supplies to classroom technology.
  • Arts Accessibility, free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events nationwide.
  • Target School Library Makeovers, a program that leverages Target's world-class design expertise to transform  school libraries across the country with new construction, furniture, and technology, as well as 2,000 new books.
  • Education Grants and Awards, including Books for Schools Awards, Target Field Trip Grants and Early Childhood  Reading Grants, that provide schools, libraries, teachers, and nonprofit organizations the resources they need to  bring learning to life and put more kids on the path to graduation.

About Target:
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at more than 1,763 stores across the United States and at The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target's commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target: Here for Good.

About the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and more than 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.

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