Entire organization participates in events throughout the holidays

December 13, 2010

The Hornets announced today that their annual Season of Giving initiative, which includes a series of community events, giveaways and shopping sprees, will take place throughout the rest of the month of December and will provide thousands of local families with holiday cheer.

The holidays are a time to give and give thanks, and we are blessed to be in a position where we have the resources and means to make a difference in the lives of those around us, said Hornets President Hugh Weber. While we are committed to giving back throughout the entire year, it is especially important to our entire Hornets family to show our support for the community during this time of family, fun and celebration.

To tip-off the Season of Giving, the entire Hornets staff will serve lunch to more than 1,000 senior citizens during the teams annual Senior Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Alario Center. These young-at-heart guests will be entertained by the Used to Bees, Honeybees, Hugo, caroling, giveaways and enjoy a warm holiday meal courtesy of Mr. Mudbug.

Fans are also encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the games on Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Friday, Dec. 17 to donate to Toys for Tots. In exchange for the donation, each fan will receive a pair of tickets to the Monday, Jan. 3 game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

On Thursday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m., Hornets players Jarrett Jack and Jason Smith will be on hand to surprise 50 kids from the Harmony Oaks Community Center (2514 Washington Ave.) with a new bicycle courtesy of Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Hornets All-Star guard Chris Paul will team up with friend and Saints running back Reggie Bush to provide 50 local high school students with $200 gift cards to purchase gifts at a local store. The shopping spree will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 21. (Time TBD).

Fans will enjoy Holiday at the Hive presented by Peoples Health on Wednesday, Dec. 22 as the Hornets take on the New Jersey Nets. The first 8,000 fans will receive a Hugo ornament courtesy of Peoples Health, and 50 more kids from the Housing Authority of New Orleans will be surprised with new bicycles at center court courtesy of Enterprise.

Season of Giving will conclude with The Salvation Army Emerge Christmas Party presented by Richards Disposal on Thursday, Dec. 23 from 6-8 p.m. More than 700 Recovery School District 6th, 7th and 8th graders who have maintained perfect attendance will be invited to bring three guests for a party that features Hornets players, entertainment and gifts for everyone.

Please see the following schedule of events open to the media:
(Dates and times are subject to change; times will be announced via advisory if unspecified)

Tue., Dec. 14
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Senior Holiday Luncheon
Presented by Mr. Mudbug
Alario Center
Dec. 15, Dec. 17
All entrances
Toys for Tots Toy Drive Hornets vs. Kings
Hornets vs. Jazz
New Orleans Arena
Thu., Dec. 16
5 p.m.
Enterprise Bike Giveaway
Jarrett Jack and Jason Smith
Harmony Oaks Community Center
2514 Washington Ave.
Tue., Dec. 21
Time TBD
Chris Paul/Reggie Bush Shopping Spree
Wed., Dec. 22
7:00 p.m.
Holiday at the Hive
Presented by Peoples Health
Hornets vs. Nets
New Orleans Arena
Thu., Dec. 23
6-8 p.m.
The Salvation Army Emerge Christmas Party
Presented by Richards Disposal

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