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Over 500 fans help raise $175,000 at FestaBulls

Luol Deng at FestaBulls Guests attending FestaBulls had the opportunity to dine and mingle with Luol Deng and the rest of the Bulls’ players.
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    April 8, 2008 – The Chicago Bulls and Verizon Wireless hosted more than 500 Bulls fans at the 19th annual FestaBulls dinner auction on April 6. Held at the home of Bulls basketball, the United Center, the event raised approximately $175,000 for CharitaBulls, the charity arm of the Bulls that promotes youth programming.

    The evening was highlighted by live and silent auctions, as well as the opportunity for Bulls fans to get up close and personal with their favorite players, coaches, broadcasters and legends. Members of the team were on hand to sign autographs, mingle with guests and bid on autographed items from NBA stars across the league.

    The live and silent auctions featured a variety of sports memorabilia including a 1996.97 game-worn Michael Jordan uniform; a LeBron James autographed framed jersey; and a 2007.08 autographed game-worn Joakim Noah uniform. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on other items such as an autographed framed Brett Favre jersey, Oprah tickets, and luxurious vacation packages to Las Vegas and San Diego.

    During the program, the Bulls honored guard Chris Duhon for his community service with the Charles Lubin Memorial Award. This award, named after a Bulls’ investor, is given to a player who demonstrates outstanding dedication to improving the community.

    All proceeds from FestaBulls, including ticket sales, sponsorships and the sale of auction items, benefit CharitaBulls, the philanthropic arm of the Bulls organization. CharitaBulls was created in 1987 as a vehicle for the Bulls to help make Chicago a better place to live. The non-profit organization’s primary objective is to actively support positive educational and recreational opportunities for children and young people. Over the years, CharitaBulls has distributed tens of millions of dollars to a long list of Chicagoland beneficiaries including Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Park District and Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.

    For more information on CharitaBulls, please visit www.charitabulls.org.

    The Chicago Bulls sincerely wish to thank the following, without whose participation and support this event would not be possible:

  • Verizon Wireless
  • Comcast SportsNet
  • Nuveen Investments
  • WGN-TV
  • Motorola
  • Harris
  • Allstate
  • Lexus