Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation Raises More Than $700,000 To Benefit Charities Focused on Helping Children

"Leaders of the Green" honored at second annual Opening Night Celebration that raised funds for the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation

(November 8, 2004) - Boston Celtics legends joined stars of the current team to honor the "Leaders of the Green" at the team's second annual Opening Night Celebration to raise funds for the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. The gala event, which recognized the five men who led the Celtics to an NBA-record 16 championships, collected more than $700,000 to benefit charities focused on helping children.

Celtics legends, the 2004-05 team, coaches and executives were on hand to help recognize the legendary "Leaders of the Green" at the Boston Sports Club at the Sports Authority Training Center in Waltham.

The highlight of the night was a roundtable discussion with the five title-winning coaches - Red Auerbach, Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Fitch and K.C. Jones - talking about their championship seasons, leadership, and experiences in leading the NBA's most storied franchise. Celtics legends and current players will be introduced in a processional then seated on stage behind Auerbach, the architect of the Celtics' triumphant half-century of basketball.

"This was a wonderful opportunity for guests to help celebrate the wonderful Celtics tradition and also help the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation to better the lives of area children," Celtics co-managing partner Steve Pagliuca said.

The mission of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation is to extend the reach of the Celtics championship legacy into our community. The Shamrock Foundation benefits our children directly, through programs that provide education and support. The Shamrock Foundation also partners with community-based organizations that provide healthcare, shelter and vital services for children in need. This year our community partners are Children's Hospital Boston, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC).

Celtics forward Walter McCarty formally welcomed new Head Coach Doc Rivers to the Celtic family and previewed the upcoming season. Other Celtics legends who attended included Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, John Havlicek, Cedric Maxwell, Robert Parish, Tom "Satch" Sanders, and JoJo White.

A live auction was held, giving guests the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences from the sports and entertainment world. Among the available items was the first-ever Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation emerald pin designed exclusively for the Opening Night Celebration by Alpha-Omega.

Last year's inaugural Opening Night Celebration raised more than $700,000 to benefit the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.

Individual donations to the Shamrock Foundation can be made here

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