Boston Celtics Charitable Foundation Raises More Than $750,000 to Benefit Charities Focused on Helping Children

Celtics players, legends and ownership join Governor Mitt Romney, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and NBA Commissioner David Stern at gala event

(October 22, 2003) -- The stars of Boston Celtics teams past and present shined brightly at the inaugural Opening Night Celebration to raise funds for the Boston Celtics Charitable Foundation and the Shamrock Fund. The event raised more than $750,000 to help the children of Massachusetts.

Monday night's gala event featured players representing the Celtics' NBA championship teams, current players, coaches, and executives. The highlight of the evening was a processional of former and current players set to music The players then took to the stage behind a seated Red Auerbach, the architect of the Celtics' triumphant half-century of basketball.

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and NBA Commissioner David Stern also attended the event, which will benefit three partner charities known for their positive impact on children in the community – Children's Hospital Boston, The Horizons Initiative, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The Celtics owners, who served as event chairs, matched every donation made in support of the Boston Celtics Charitable Foundation, thereby doubling the power of all gifts.

Celtics All-Star captain Paul Pierce welcomed the more than 450 guests. Executive Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge and Head Coach Jim O'Brien previewed the season. Celtics legends Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, K.C. Jones, John Havlicek, Cedric Maxwell, Bill Walton, JoJo White, Tom "Satch" Sanders, and Mal Graham also attended. Jeremy Schapp of ESPN served as master of ceremonies.

The event was held at The Boston Sports Clubs at The Sports Authority Training Center, the official training center of the Boston Celtics.

The event included a live auction during which guests bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences from the sports and entertainment world. A silent auction was also held.