March 2, 2013: Suns Charities "Jump Ball"
March 3, 2013
Phoenix Suns Charities celebrated its 25th anniversary with the "Jump Ball" at Talking Stick Resort.
The Suns Gorilla welcomes Robin Milne, the executive director of Phoenix Suns Charities, to the Jump Ball.
The event was a special evening for the entire Suns family.
Suns Ring-of-Honor member and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson returned to Phoenix with his wife Michelle for the special event.
Suns broadcasters Steve Albert and Ann Meyers Drysdale pose for a photo with a couple of Suns Dancers.
Comedian and Tempe resident Frank Caliendo entertains Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver before the event.
Suns GM Lance Blanks, forward PJ Tucker and Head Coach Lindsey Hunter enjoy the VIP reception.
Veteran Jared Dudley takes a timeout for an interview with Fox Sports Arizona.
Fans in attendance had the opportunity to bid on dozens of unique items and gift packages, with all proceeds going to Suns Charities.
Among the items up for bids was a beautiful painting of Suns guard Goran Dragic.
Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby and his wife Ellen.
Two of the most colorful and popular personalities in Suns history.
The Morris brothers shoot some hoops with fans.
Suns rookie Kendall Marshall sits down for a pre-Jump Ball interview.
Player development coach Ralph Sampson welcomes a fan to the Jump Ball.
Channing Frye poses for a photo with a couple of big Suns fans.
Former WWE Divas, the "Bella Twins" accompanied their mother, Kathy Colace, who is a member of the Suns Charities board.
Ray Artigue, a member of the Suns Charities board for all 25 years, poses for a photo with Eddie and Joy Johnson, and Robin Milne.
Suns veteran Jermaine O'Neal huddles up with teammates.
Suns forwards Michael Beasley and PJ Tucker share a few laughs.
Comedian Frank Caliendo mingled with fans and Suns personalities before the show.
The ballroom at Talking Stick Resort was decked out in Suns colors from top to bottom.
The Suns Dancers
The Suns players showed off their fashionable sides for the event.
Suns forward Michael Beasley demonstrates his moves on the dance floor.
Wes Johnson knows how to get down.
The Suns' players and alumni were spread out throughout the ball room, interacting and having fun with fans of all ages.
The Gorilla hugs 9-year-old Tatum Hamblin after her impressive performance of the National Anthem.
Phoenix Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver welcomes the crowd.
Milne thanks all of the supporters of Phoenix Suns Charities, as well as previous executive directors, Kathy Pidgeon, Tom Ambrose and Debra Stevens.
Ron Shurts and Don Dady, co-founders of Annexus, the presenting partner of this year’s Jump Ball, accept the Community Award for their dedication, commitment and support of Suns Charities.
Suns Sr. Executive Vice President Harvey Shank was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the event.
In addition to celebrating the 25th anniversary of Suns Charities, team president Jason Rowley celebrated his birthday at the Jump Ball.
Luis Scola had a good time talking with fans, but also got a chance to be a fan himself, meeting his childhood favorite Charles Barkley for the first time.
The Mayor of Sacramento enjoys some conversation during dinner.
KJ encourages JoAnn Fitzsimmons, wife of the late-Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons, to share a few words with the crowd.
Former Suns guard and Head Coach Paul Westphal hugs Fitzsimmons.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Suns Charities, the Suns' team from 25 years ago, 1988-89, was invited back to enjoy the show.
The 1988-89 team was then joined by the current incarnation of the Phoenix Suns on stage.
Goran Dragic and Lindsey Hunter enjoy the spotlight.
Suns Ring-of-Honor member Tom Chambers helps the event's auctioneer raise bids.
Caliendo tips off the entertainment portion of the evening.
After doing his impersonations of Presidents Bush and Obama, Caliendo did a "turrabel" impersonation of Charles Barkley, who was quick to confront him on stage.
Although the comedian admitted to being "scared to death," the Chuckster said he takes the impersonation as "a great compliment."
The Suns' youngsters, including rookie guard Kendall Marshall, were recruited to be the opening act for the Pointer Sisters.
Diante Garrett puts a little soul into his performance.
"I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it."
Wes Johnson congratulates the Suns' quartet.
The Grammy Award winning Pointer Sisters.
As soon as the Pointer Sisters hit the stage, the Suns' players hit the dance floor.
The dance floor was full for the main event of the evening.