--Kings join forces with corporate sponsors, Season Ticket Holders and team personalities to host first-ever benefit concert at Power Balance Pavilion--
SACRAMENTO, CALIF., May 1, 2012 -- The Sacramento Kings on Friday hosted its inaugural community benefit concert, “Live on Kings Court” featuring Grammy Award-winning band Blues Traveler. More than 3,000 fans attended the event, which raised $55,000 for six local children’s charities.
Known worldwide for a folk rock and soul-inspired sound responsible for catchy singles such as “But Anyway”, “Run-Around” and “Hook”, Blues Traveler entertained an audience of 3,000-plus Kings Season Ticket Holders and music fans as team legends Scot Pollard and Mitch Richmond combined with current Kings players Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas, Jason Thompson and Marcus Thornton to mingle with guests and assist in fundraising efforts.
Proceeds of $30,000 from auctions held during the evening benefited “Live on Kings Court” partnering charity Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento, a total representing more than half of the institution’s annual fundraising goal allotted towards the “BIGS” match program. Additional contributions in excess of $25,000 were made to The Sacramento Kings Foundation, which will distribute $5,000 each to five additional agencies, including CCHAT (Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking), Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sacramento Reads, St. Johns Shelter and WIND Youth Services.
“Live on Kings Court” event sponsors included Jiffy Lube, Sactown Magazine, CBS Radio, VSP, Commerce Printing, McDonalds, Universal Limousine, U.S Bank, the Sacramento Bee and Fred Penny & Associates. As part of the festivities, renowned Sacramento performance artist David Garibaldi created three paintings during a VIP reception prior to the concert, raising $10,000 in auction bids.
About Maloof Sports & Entertainment (MS&E):
Maloof Sports & Entertainment includes the Sacramento Kings and Power Balance Pavilion. Owned by the Maloof family with long-term, local partners, the organization is committed to being a contributing member of the Sacramento community. Teaming up with local leaders and non-profit organizations to give back to those in need throughout the region, MS&E has donated millions of dollars to charity in 12 years of Maloof family ownership. For more information about Maloof Sports & Entertainment, please visit Kings.com, PowerBalancePavilion.com or call 916-928-0000.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento:
Big Brother Big Sisters, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1904. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento (BBBS), an affiliate of the national organization, was established in 1962 to serve the needs of children ages 8 – 18, in the Sacramento region, including, Sacramento, Yolo, South Placer, Yuba, Sutter and San Joaquin Counties. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento serves approximately 441 ethnically and economically diverse children annually. The majority of children and youth served are from single-parent homes and approximately 93% of the children currently live at or below poverty level. Most are boys (80%) who may have no caring, positive male adult in their lives. Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs offer one-to-one, long-term mentoring programs in community-based and site-based settings.