SACRAMENTO KINGS OWNERS JOE AND GAVIN MALOOF TO APPEAR ON THIS SUNDAY’S EPISODE OF ABC’S “OPRAH’S BIG GIVE”
Monday, March 17, 2008: Sacramento Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof will challenge the contestants of “Oprah’s Big Give” to give big or go home when they shock them with a suitcase full of cash and just 24 hours to give it away to those in need during this Sunday’s episode (March 23) of the highly-rated prime-time series on the ABC Television Network (9pm/8pm Central).
“When my brother Gavin and I were contacted by the Big Give producers, it was an easy decision to take part in such an inspiring, exciting new television show on ABC. Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Productions are synonymous with giving back and touching millions of people worldwide, and we have always truly enjoyed taking part in projects to assist others,” states Joe Maloof.
Dedicated to making a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of people in need and at risk, Maloof Sports & Entertainment has donated goods, services and financial contributions totaling more than $13 million to the Sacramento region in the nine years of ownership under the Maloofs. From promoting reading and literacy to refurbishing local athletic fields and courts to purchasing new bicycles for children, the Maloofs enjoy seeing smiles on the faces of the people in their community.
“The benevolent influence of our parents instilled a strong belief in assisting those in need. We are very fortunate to be able to give back and really enjoy lending a helping hand to those within the communities we live as well as those in other parts of the United States and worldwide,” says Gavin Maloof.
Through an annual donation in the name of their late father, the George J. Maloof Sr. Community Cup has awarded $1 million for a number of major Sacramento-area community service projects, including the restoration of Sacramento’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and the construction of a Community Cultural and Youth Sports Center for the Asian Sports Foundation. Last night, Joe and Gavin Maloof announced Capital Unity Council is this year's recipient of the annual $100,000 donation. The donation will help build the Capital Unity Center, designed to serve as a catalyst for uniting diverse people by engaging youth and visitors with programs and activities that embrace inclusion and honor diversity. In addition, Maloof Sports & Entertainment has built and donated 12 reading and learning centers in schools and community centers throughout the area in the past five years and handed out 500 brand new bicycles to children in need during the 2006 holiday season.
The Maloof philanthropic efforts also extend beyond the communities in which they reside. Last year, the Maloofs contributed $250,000 to Dikembe Mutombo’s award-winning efforts to build the 300-bed Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinshasa, Congo and in 2005 Maloof Sports & Entertainment assisted the Gulf Coast region with a $300,000 donation to help those devastated by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This week’s Maloof appearance on the Big Give is another example of the Maloof family’s dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of others.
“Oprah’s Big Give” stars Jamie Oliver, Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro Tight End Tony Gonzalez, and Malaak Compton-Rock. Nate Berkus hosts. Executive producers include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Rakieten and Harriet Seitler from Harpo Productions, and Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri - the producers and creators of the five-time Emmy Award-winning series, ”The Amazing Race.”