Boston Celtics Fans, Owners and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation Raise $50,000 for Hector Paniagua

BOSTON, MA (May 3, 2005) - The Boston Celtics fans, owners and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation (BCSF) have combined to raise $50,000 for paralyzed Lawrence basketball player Hector Paniagua. During the Celtics four regular season home games in the month of April, the BCSF donated all of the proceeds from the sale of the "I Am a Celtic" wristbands to the Hector Paniagua Trust Fund. In addition to purchasing the wristbands, fans were able to make monetary donations to assist Paniagua and his family.

"We are very gratified by the outpouring of support from our fans and the entire Celtics family," said Dave Epstein, Co-Managing Partner of the Boston Celtics. "Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Hector and his family."

A senior at Lawrence High School, Paniagua was shot in the neck on March 27th outside of a nightclub. He had been the most valuable player in the Merrimack Valley Conference this season, and had helped lead his team to the EMass Division I finals at the FleetCenter, coming within one game of the state championship game.

The Hector Paniagua Trust Fund has been created to assist the family in paying Paniagua's medical bills, building a handicapped-accessible home and in purchasing a handicapped-accessible van. Fans who wish to contribute to the fund may do so at the following address:

Hector Paniagua Trust Fund
c/o Banknorth
450 Essex St.
Lawrence, MA 01841.