More than 800 fans attend sold out "An Evening with the Chicago Bulls"
April 6, 2012 -- On Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls hosted more than 800 fans at their 23rd annual charity dinner, “An Evening with the Chicago Bulls.” The event was held at the United Center, home of Bulls basketball, and raised money to support the team’s charity, Chicago Bulls Charities.
Fans got a chance to meet many of their favorite players, coaches, broadcasters and legends. Members of the team were on hand to sign autographs, and afterwards they joined the guests for dinner on the United Center floor. In addition to the full roster of current players, a number of former Bulls joined in the evening’s festivities including Scottie Pippen, Will Perdue, Cliff Levingston, Bob Love, Sidney Green, Johnny Bach, Tom Boerwinkle, Dave Corzine, Mickey Johnson, Bill Wennington, Stacey King, Randy Brown and Kendall Gill.
At the charity dinner each year, the Bulls organization recognizes one player’s outstanding community service with the Charles Lubin Award, which is named after one of the team’s first investors. This year, given the very special nature of this team, the Bulls organization decided to honor the entire 2011-2012 Chicago Bulls team with Lubin Award, and Carlos Boozer accepted the award on behalf of the team. During the program, Joakim Noah also made a special acknowledgement of Coach Tom Thibodeau’s achievement of reaching 100 regular season wins faster than any other coach in NBA history.
“An Evening with the Chicago Bulls” also marked the introduction of a new name and focus for the Bulls charitable giving. Chicago Bulls Charities will place a particular giving emphasis on youth education, health and wellness, and violence prevention. Under the new the leadership of Nancy Reinsdorf and Leslie Forman, Chicago Bulls Charities annually provides financial and in-kind donations to organizations throughout the Chicagoland area that improve the community.
The live and silent auctions featured a variety of sports memorabilia such as Bulls’ autographed uniforms, shoes and basketballs. Guests also helped the team raise money for charity by bidding on unique items such as a once in a lifetime golfing experience with John Paxson, Gar Forman, and Scottie Pippen, as well as exclusive Bulls paintings by artist Elliott From of Artbeat Live that were signed by the entire team.
The Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bulls Charities sincerely wish to thank all our guests, sponsors, players and friends for your support of “An Evening with the Chicago Bulls.”