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Raptors Host Annual Red Party

Raptors Party For A Cause

March 19, 2009

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The Toronto Raptors players, coaches and management teamed up for a great cause Wednesday at their annual Raptors Foundation for Kids Red Party presented by Rogers. In its 14th year, the charity event is the most popular fundraiser for the Raptors Foundation for Kids. The event gave basketball fans the unique opportunity to meet and mingle with the Raptors team.

“This charity event is a great chance for our players to personally thank our fans, partners and donors for their support this season,” said Lori Radke, director of community partnerships for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “We’re grateful for the tremendous financial contributions from our sponsors and donors, which has allowed us to refurbish a basketball court in Regent Park, provide post-secondary student scholarships and make a difference for hundreds of Ontario charities and at-risk youth.”

Attendees also had a chance to participate in the Red Party’s raffle for exclusive items including a framed team signed Raptors black jersey and a dinner for 20, with celebrity guests, including Raptors player Andrea Bargnani and Raptors Senior Vice-President of basketball operations Maurizio Gherardini at Grano Restaurant.

A special raffle for one of 20 Limited Edition Concord C1 Toronto Black World Timer watches, designed by Bryan Colangelo, president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors, in collaboration with Concord also took place.

With a retail value of $21,000, the watch made its debut at the Red Party. The remaining 19 watches are available for sale at Classic Creations in Newtonbrook Plaza. A percentage of each watch sold will benefit the Raptors Foundation for Kids.

Rogers Communications is the Red Party’s presenting sponsor. Associate sponsors include: Miller Genuine Draft, Regione Veneto and Concord. The Raptors Foundation for Kids is committed to helping at-risk youth across Ontario through legacy projects and scholarships. The Raptors have been long-standing community leaders demonstrating a strong commitment to at-risk youth and charities supporting similar causes. Since the team’s inception in 1995 the Raptors Foundation for Kids has raised over $17 million and supported over 5,500 children’s charities.