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5/29/2018 Member News

Vice President Joe Biden Extends American Promise Tour, With Its First Stop in St. Petersburg on June 4


The Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose is a #1 New York Times Bestseller

(St. Petersburg, FL —April 3, 2018) The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, Live Nation, and the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater are excited to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will stop in St. Petersburg on Monday, June 4 with his American Promise tour. The Vice President will speak at The Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg at 7:30 pm.

Tickets may be purchased online at, charged by phone at (727) 893-7832, or in person at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater Box Office. Ticket prices are: $250, $199, $99.50, $79.50, and $49.50. There is also a VIP upgrade available for $250, which includes a photo opportunity with the former Vice President, VIP lanyard, and a copy of Biden’s memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.
Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is excited to team up with the global leader in journalism and local educators, The Poynter Institute, to create an opportunity for students to be able to attend this event. As part of their work with the arts education in St. Petersburg, the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts strives to create these opportunities as often as possible.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to continue this tour and hear from so many more people,” says Vice President Biden.

During his American Promise Tour events, Vice President Biden has discussed the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. Guest moderators have included inspiring figures from the worlds of politics, entertainment, news, philanthropy, medicine, and literature, including: Tom Brokaw, Jenna Bush Hager, Stephen Colbert, Melinda Gates, Dr. Atul Gawande, John Green, Jon Meacham, Wes Moore, Leslie Odom, Jr., Ambassador Samantha Power, Al Roker, George Saunders, Aaron Sorkin, Jesmyn Ward, Elaine Welteroth, and Constance Wu.

In November 2017, Flatiron Books published Vice President Biden’s #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, PROMISE ME, DAD: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (on sale now, $27, Flatiron Books). PROMISE ME, DAD chronicles 2015, the most momentous and challenging year in Vice President Biden’s extraordinary life and career. For twelve months, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his family while his son Beau battled brain cancer. Never far away was the insistent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. Writing with poignancy and immediacy, Vice President Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward, as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop.

The Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.

Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2009, the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to the success and future of The Mahaffey Theater and to the notion that through diverse programing and patron membership support, performing arts should be enjoyed by all of St. Petersburg’s citizens. It’s your theater!
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.