Black tie, 1920s-themed event to raise money for Hornets community initiatives

March 8, 2010

The New Orleans Hornets will host their annual Top Hats and High Tops fundraising gala on Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at the historic Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel. The 1920s-themed evening will feature entertainment by Jeremy Davenport, live and silent auctions and the opportunity to enjoy a seated formal dinner with the entire Hornets team.

Our gala is such a unique fundraising event because our players and coaches go out of their way to make the evening special for our guests, said Hornets Owner George Shinn. The Roosevelt is known for its history and elegance, and we are excited to celebrate the 1920s in style while raising money that will stay in our South Louisiana community.

All proceeds raised during the evening will benefit The George Shinn Foundation to help provide financial support for the Hornets community efforts including rebuilding playgrounds, encouraging exercise and healthy habits to young people and providing students with educational resources to be successful in and out of the classroom.

We are delighted to welcome the entire Hornets family into The Roosevelt Hotel for this great event, said Tod Chambers, general manager at The Roosevelt. Off the court, we all share the same goal, which is to enhance the quality of life for those who live and work in New Orleans and surrounding areas. Theres no better place to host a 1920s-themed event than at a property with as much history as The Roosevelt, and were sure it will be a roaring success.

Gold table packages are available for $4,000 and include seating for 8 guests and a Hornets player or coach, premium table location, recognition on and in the event program, special gift from The George Shinn Foundation, raffle ticket for drawings throughout the evening and a four-some in the inaugural Hornets golf tournament.

Purple table packages are $2,500 and include seating for 10 guests, recognition on and in the event program, special gift from The George Shinn Foundation and a raffle ticket. Individual tickets may also be purchased for $200 each.

Any media interested in covering the event should contact Brittany Cranston at 504-593-4825 or

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