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Suns Charities Announces Suns & Stars Gala

Latifah performed at last year's event.
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Posted: Jan. 16, 2009

PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns Charities invites Valley residents to rub elbows with Phoenix Suns players and coaches at the annual Suns & Stars gala on Friday, March 20 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix. The presenting sponsor of the event is Toyota.

Guests will also enjoy entertainment, dinner, a silent auction and much more. The evening will salute Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire (2nd Team All-NBA) and Grant Hill (NBA Sportsmanship Award) with Shaquille O’Neal serving as master of ceremonies. Suns & Stars 2009 will mark the premier of a new short film produced by Steve Nash and featuring many members of the Suns. Tamia Hill will also be featured in the night’s entertainment.

Tickets are now on sale for Suns & Stars 2009, with all proceeds benefiting Phoenix Suns Charities, which works to improve the lives of Arizona youth and families. This year tables of ten are available for $5,000, $12,500 or $25,000, with a limited number of individual tickets available for $750 each.

In addition, the public is invited to join in the fun at the event’s silent auction which will be open from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. The auction will feature items from the world of sports, entertainment, travel and much more. The daytime auction will also feature visits from members of the Suns Dance Team, The Gorilla and Suns alumni.

Other sponsorship table options are available as well as limited individual tickets. For more information, including individual, table and Playmaker pricing, call 602-379-7767 or e-mail For more information on the gala, please log on to:

About Phoenix Suns Charities
Phoenix Suns Charities was the vision of Suns Chairman Jerry Colangelo. In 1987, he formed a board of community leaders to oversee a foundation that would expand the Suns mission to be a constant leader in improving the quality of life in our community. Due to the generosity of fans and sponsors, Phoenix Suns Charities has experienced steady growth and last year distributed over one million dollars in grants to more than 80 local charities. In the 20 years since its inception, Phoenix Suns Charities has donated over eight million dollars to worthy Arizona organizations focused on youth and families.