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HollyHills Group Purchases and Donates 10,000 Tickets to the Military for Dec. 24 Game vs. Lions

San Antonio, TX. The HollyHills Group, a leading international real estate development company with regional headquarters in San Antonio, has purchased 10,000 tickets to the New Orleans Saints-Detroit Lions game on Dec. 24 and will donate the tickets to local military bases, it was announced today by the club. The purchase and donation is another generous gesture by a local company for a contest held at the Alamodome this season.

Of the tickets supplied by HollyHills, 2,500 will be distributed to Ft. Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force. An additional 1,000 tickets will be designated for the Brooks City Base, and the remaining 1,500 will be distributed to the U.S.O, the V.A Hospital and National Guard/Reserve units.

“We appreciate the community leadership that HollyHills Group has shown by taking the initiative to purchase a substantial number of tickets to the final 2005 Saints game at the Alamodome on Christmas Eve,” said Owner/Executive Rita Benson LeBlanc. “As partners, we honor the services and selfless commitment to preserving the values that America holds dear. We hope the servicemen and women, along with their families, enjoy the game as an added treat to their holiday celebrations.”

The generous donation swells the Saints’ ticket count for the Dec. 24 clash against the Lions to well over 50,000. Long an ardent supporter of the military and servicemen and women, the club looks forward to an exciting atmosphere at the Alamodome on Christmas Eve.

“Thank you to HollyHills and the Saints on behalf of all of the men and women of the Air Education and Training Command,” said General William R. Looney III, the Air Education and Training Command’s Commander. “Your generous donation has made a positive impact on the quality of life for military families. We sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness.”

The HollyHills Group is a national concept master-planning and development firm. An industry leader, HollyHills has several projects in the San Antonio area, including the South Port development, La Villita Professional Building and Briggs Ranch.

“The HollyHills Group wants to thank Mr. Benson, Mayor Phil Hardberger and General Looney for providing us with the opportunity to partner with the Saints and City of San Antonio in saluting the military community in our region,” said Joseph Heitzler, President and CEO of The HollyHills Group. “We are honored to host the members of our armed forces and their families and helping fill the Alamodome to capacity.”

A pre-game ceremony featuring a special military presentation recognizing and supporting the efforts of our nation’s servicemen and women will include Mr. Benson, Mayor Hardberger, General Looney, HollyHills Chairman Daniel N. Bailey and Vice-Chairman Marlene Bailey.

Tickets are still available for the Dec. 24 contest at the Alamodome. Saints tickets are on sale by calling the Saints at 210-208-9520 or Ticketmaster at 800-877-0898. Tickets are also available on-site at the Alamodome box office, the Saints Box Office downtown at the former SAWS building on 1001 East Market Street and online at and

To purchase Saints tickets for the remaining games at Tiger Stadium (Dec. 17 vs. Carolina), call Ticketmaster at 1-800-877-0898 or go to or

Tickets also remain available via each website and Ticketmaster’s 1-800 number for Sunday’s NFC South contest between the Saints and the Carolina Panthers at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Also, Ticketmaster offices are located at these offices in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas: Major Video (400 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, (504) 392-8257); Major Video (6601 Veterans Blvd., (504) 454-7803); The River Center in Baton Rouge and at the Saints ticket window on the ground level of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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