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Bulls players host holiday party for 100 local children at Berto Center

Team partners with USO and CHA to provide local kids with holiday cheer

December 7, 2009 -- On Monday afternoon, the Chicago Bulls celebrated the giving season by hosting a holiday party for 100 local children at the Bulls training facility, the Berto Center.

In its efforts to spread holiday cheer, the Bulls partnered with the USO to invite 50 children whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan this holiday season or who have lost a loved one serving in the armed forces. The Bulls also invited 50 academic all-star students that live in CHA housing. The students were selected based on an essay, their attendance and GPA.

After practice, the children helped the players decorate Christmas trees which will be donated to CHA senior housing facilities and create holiday cards to send to the troops.

Additionally, a USO banner featuring the players’ signatures and thanking our troops for their service will be donated to O’Hare International Airport to be displayed throughout the year to welcome home local armed forces.

Each child attending the event received tickets to the team’s December 8th game, a holiday gift from the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, and lunch provided by Chipotle, Hinckley Springs and Edy's® Grand Ice Cream.

There was also a special performance from musician Isaiah Pittman IV.

In line with its year-round commitment to give back, the Bulls have planned numerous events including: a holiday food drive with Midway Moving & Storage and Vienna Beef benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository (December 12), a holiday party with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (December 13), a shopping spree at Dick’s Sporting Goods (December 14), and the Chicago Housing Authority’s Kids’ Holiday Party (December 20).