Palace Sports & Entertainment Employees Raise Funds For Pistons Care Telethon

Benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs in Michigan as the Pistons take on the New York Knicks

The Pistons Care Telethon takes place March 18 as the Knicks visit The Palace.
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The 2011 Pistons Care Telethon benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs in Michigan is fast approaching, and the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) employees are conducting creative fundraising in a variety of ways to get a head start in advance of the March 18 Telethon date.

This year’s Telethon features a discounted ticket offer that includes a donation with each purchase. Fans can buy a $40 or $30, 200-level ticket for only $20, or a $90, 100-level ticket for only $60. For more information on how to support the Telethon or to order the specially priced tickets, visit pistons.com, call 248-377-0100, or visit The Palace Box Office.

In addition to the ticket offer, there are several PS&E fundraising initiatives underway that fans can support.

Starting Tuesday, Mar. 15, Pistons fans can visit pistons.com/community for opportunities to donate to the Telethon via an online auction of 10 unique Pistons memorabilia and experiences including, hosting a pick-up game with friends on the official Pistons court, golf for two with Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko, an opportunity to play video games with Greg Monroe in the Pistons locker room, a meet and greet with former Pistons “Bad Boy” Dennis Rodman and a trip on the Pistons team plane to a road game.

Also on Tuesday, Mar. 15, PS&E staff will serve lunch from 11a.m.-3p.m. at Culver’s restaurant in Lake Orion from which 10% of all business during that time frame is being donated back to the Telethon courtesy of Culver’s. Culver’s is located at the northeast corner of Lapeer and Dutton, about one mile north of The Palace.

Wrapping up the day’s activities on Tuesday, Mar. 15 is the Pistons Dance Team’s “Automotion Tip-A-Thon” fundraiser at Red Ox Tavern in Auburn Hills from 6-8p.m. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet their favorite Automotion dance team member. Red Ox Tavern is located at 3773 East Walton Boulevard, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. All tips, as well as proceeds from the Automotion calendar sales will be donated to the Telethon. Please call the restaurant Reservation Line at 248-340-7070.

Additionally, PS&E staff members are partnering with BD’s Mongolian Grill as guest grillers at three different restaurant locations. All tips benefit the Telethon and the dates and times are as follows: Wed., Mar. 16 from 6-8p.m. at the Sterling Heights and Royal Oak locations; and Wed., Mar. 16 and Thur., Mar. 17 from 11a.m.-1p.m. and from 6-8p.m. at the Auburn Hills location. Visit gomongo.com for restaurant locations.

Several other creative initiatives are taking place including fundraising events at the General Motors Flint Assembly Truck Plant and the General Motors Flint Davidson Road Processing Center; a partnership with The LEAGUE Michigan for a statewide K-12 school fundraiser; fan donations for a post-game shot on Pistons court; a PS&E can and bottle drive; and PS&E is even donating proceeds from the sale of audio equipment that is scheduled for replacement.

Amongst the PS&E fundraisers that have already taken place are a “Night of Laughs” at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in which comedians donated their time for a special comedy show, corporate “Jeans Days,” a candy sale, an all-staff breakfast, a bake sale, a furniture sale, pledges from family and friends and a DTE t-shirt sale.

Net proceeds of the Pistons Care Telethon will fund Club memberships and programming for youth via the 35 Boys & Girls Clubs statewide. The telethon begins at 5a.m. with live radio and television broadcasts at The Palace and culminates with the Pistons hosting Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m., broadcasted on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket.

Donations can be made immediately by visiting pistons.com and clicking on the “DONATE NOW” button. Online donations are accepted through March 18. Donors interested in participating on the day of the Telethon can call toll free at 1-855-DPC-2011 throughout the day.

Everyone donating $5 or more is entered into a raffle that takes place during the Pistons vs. Knicks game. Prizes include Pistons autographed memorabilia and a grand prize trip for two on the team plane including hotel accommodations for a Pistons road game.