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Grizzlies host Staxtacular Partner Reception and Stax Music Academy Students

MEMPHIS, February 7, 2012 — The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation and Stax Music Academy are bringing the worlds of basketball and music together again at FedExForum on Thursday, February 9 from 5-6:30 p.m., and media is invited to attend.

Five-time Staxtacular hosts Rudy Gay and Mike Conley will be joined by Grizzlies first-year guard Jeremy Pargo for a special private concert performed by the Stax Music Academy Students to thank the partners involved  for supporting Staxtacular in Memphis for the eighth consecutive year. This special event will lead up to Staxtacular on Saturday, February 11.  Known as one of the biggest parties of the year, Staxtacular is the annual soul-shakin’ throw-down and auction that benefits the Stax Music Academy and honors the Stax Records legacy. All proceeds from the event go to Stax Music Academy’s youth mentoring and music programs.

Fans and friends who want to get a head start on bidding may access many of the unique items on the auction block early in Staxtacular’s Online Auction, which is going on now. Auction items will either be sold during the online auction or will begin accepting bids, which will then be carried over to the live event.  To view the auction items, visit   

General Staxtacular information may be found at

About the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation:

Founded in 2004, the Grizzlies Foundation is committed to placing volunteer mentors in the lives of at-risk kids in Memphis. The Foundation recruits and refers mentors, provides training and technical assistance to mentoring programs and actively raises awareness and builds partnerships throughout the community. Shortlisted for the 2011 “Sports Team of the Year” Award by London-based Beyond Sport and winner of the 2007 Steve Patterson Sports Philanthropy Award Winner for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, the Grizzlies Foundation has donated $28 million to Memphis-area nonprofit organizations since its inception. To learn more about the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation and how to become part of the Grizzlies TEAM UP youth mentoring initiative, e-mail, call (901) 205-TEAM or visit