Starbucks Coffee To Be Signature Sponsor For Second Annual Tribeca Film Festival

Exclusive coffee provider for festival and host of 'Club Tribeca'

at Tribeca Family Festival

May 02, 2003, 01:00 ET from Starbucks Coffee Company

    NEW YORK, May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its support of the
 revitalization of Lower Manhattan, Starbucks Coffee announced today that it
 will be a signature sponsor of the second annual Tribeca Film Festival,
 May 3 - 11, and will be the exclusive coffee provider throughout festival
     "Starbucks is committed to the communities in which we do business," said
 Daniel Lewis, regional spokesperson, Starbucks Coffee.  "Our support of the
 Tribeca Film Festival is reflected in the festival's mission -- to celebrate
 New York City as a major filmmaking capital and to contribute to the long-term
 recovery of Lower Manhattan."
     Starbucks coffee will be available at the hospitality suite, select panel
 discussions, gala parties, the Black Filmmaker Foundation reception, and at
 additional venues throughout the festival. Starbucks Chill Patrol van will be
 on the streets sampling Mocha Malt Frappuccino(R) blended coffee during the
 Tribeca Family Festival, at the Drive-in movies on Pier 25 in Hudson River
 Park, at the box office and other outdoor locations during the festival.
     Starbucks is also the host of "Club Tribeca" during the Tribeca Family
 Festival street fair on Saturday, May 10.  Starbucks will have a cafe offering
 fresh brewed coffee and other Starbucks beverages to attendees.  Club Tribeca
 will be featuring story tellers, jazz musicians and improv comedy.
     In addition to the Tribeca Film Festival, Starbucks is also sponsoring a
 variety of New York City community events this year, including the 2nd Annual
 Downtown NYC River to River Festival, Networking Nights and P.S. ART, a
 project of Children First Through the Arts.
     About Starbucks Coffee Company
     Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of
 specialty coffee in the world, with more than 6,000 retail locations in North
 America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The
 Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks
 Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social,
 environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business.
 In addition to its retail operations, the Company produces and sells bottled
 Frappuccino(R) coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot(TM) coffee drink, and a
 line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships. The
 Company's other brands enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of-class
 products: Tazo Tea Company offers a line of innovative premium teas, and Hear
 Music produces and distributes a line of exceptional compact discs.

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