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ANNUAL TOP HATS AND HIGH TOPS GALA
TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL CHARITIES

BLACK TIE EVENING FEATURES LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION

March 6, 2008
The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they will be hosting their annual Top Hats and High Tops black tie gala on Thursday, March 13 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Audubon Tea Room to benefit the Shinn Foundation.

This annual fund-raising gala will provide guests with live music by Dr. Michael White, live and silent auctions with Hornets and other sports memorabilia, fantastic food and the opportunity to interact with the entire team and coaching staff.

This is such a unique fund-raising event because our players and coaches go out of their way to make the evening special for our guests, said Hornets Owner George Shinn. Its such a fun atmosphere, and all proceeds will benefit local charities in the New Orleans area, especially our Hoops for Homes initiative.

The Shinn Foundation was established to provide financial support for the Hornets numerous community initiatives, including Hoops for Homes and Read to Achieve. The focus of this years Hoops for Homes initiative is to provide stop gap funding to teachers residing in the New Orleans area who lack adequate funds to complete repairs on their homes. Through the Hoops for Homes partners, grants, low interest loans, materials and home repair services will be available to qualifying teachers.

Gold table packages are available for $4,000 and include seating for eight guests plus a player or coach and guest, and a lane in Peja Stojakovics Charitabowl bowling fundraiser. Teal tables are $2,500 and include seating for eight guests plus a player or coach and guest. Purple tables may be purchased for $1,500 and include seating for eight guests. Individual tickets are also available for $150 each.

For more information on the Shinn Foundation or Top Hats and High Tops Gala, please visit Hornets.com. Any media interested in covering the event or conducting an interview with a Hornets executive on the gala, please contact Brittany Cranston at 504-593-4825.







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