SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

December 01, 2005 09:00 ET

Taking Back Sunday Unveil 2005 Holiday Card

Proceeds From Sales Will Be Donated to Cancer Charities; Signed Cards Will Be Available Today on Band's Website

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 1, 2005 -- This holiday season, melodic hardcore rockers Taking Back Sunday will put a signed card up for sale on its website and donate the proceeds to several cancer charities to be named at a later date. Three members of the New York-based quintet have relatives who have suffered some form of the disease.

The holiday card, which features a colorful image of an emperor penguin holding an axe and a bunch of balloons that holds him aloft above a city skyscape, has been generously donated by Arizona-based poster artist James Rheem Davis, who has created a series of limited-edition event posters for Taking Back Sunday in the past as well as many other noted rock bands.

The holiday cards, in packs of five ($15) or ten ($20), which will be signed by the band members, go on sale today at Taking Back Sunday's official website ( All proceeds will be donated to cancer charities personally selected by drummer Mark O'Connell's mother Roberta, who is a cancer survivor, bassist Matthew Rubano's mother Hinda, also a cancer survivor, and guitarist Eddie Reyes' brother, whose daughter Elizabeth lost her battle with cancer at a very young age.

"Each one of us has known someone dear that has been afflicted with cancer," said Taking Back Sunday's Matt Rubano. "We as a band are dedicated to devoting time, energy and love towards those battling the disease, in order to raise awareness and help those in need."

Taking Back Sunday have been tireless in their efforts to raise money for cancer organizations. They have played several benefit shows, including the Hold On To Your Friends benefit for Sean McGrath. Taking Back Sunday recently donated a painted, autographed cast of a female torso that was auctioned off on eBay with proceeds going to the Keep a Breast Foundation; and donated a shirt design to punk rock photographer Mark Beemer's Shirts For A Cure, which raises money for breast cancer treatment for low-income women. In addition, Taking Back Sunday's website features a call to action button that fans can click on to donate to the American Cancer Society.

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