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Staxtacular 2012 surpasses all records from previous seven years

Special on-court presentation prior to tip-off of February 29th game vs. Dallas

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Memphis, February 28, 2012 – The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation and the Soulsville Foundation today announced that Staxtacular 2012, the largest fundraiser of the year for the Stax Music Academy, surpassed all past records in attendance and money raised. The crowd of guests during the February 11, 2012 event was at capacity at almost 500 people, and the event raised approximately $120,000 from sponsorships, ticket sales, and online, silent and live auctions. To recognize the record-breaking achievements, there will be a special on-court presentation prior to tip-off of the February 29th game against the Dallas Mavericks.

This was the eighth consecutive year for Staxtacular, which has always taken place in the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Hosts for the event this year were Memphis Grizzlies players Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and 2012 NBA All-Star, Marc Gasol. All team members, Head Coach Lionel Hollins and other Grizzlies front office management were in attendance. Entertainment was provided by the Stax Music Academy and the DMP Band.

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. The Stax Music Academy is a unique learning center that inspires young people and enhances their academic, cognitive, performance and leadership skills by utilizing music with a strong focus on the rich legacy and tradition of Stax Records.  For more information please contact Tim Sampson 901-261-6324,

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