THUNDER AUCTION/RAFFLE TO BENEFIT CHAD PEERY FUND

OKLAHOMA CITY, Thursday, Feb. 24 -- The Oklahoma City Thunder will host a special effort at Sunday's game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers to allow fans a chance to contribute to a fund established for injured Oklahoma City Police Officer Chad Peery and his family. Thunder-signed items will be up for raffle and auction through the end of the third quarter at the Thunder Community Foundation table outside Section 111. Proceeds will go to the Chad Peery Benefit Fund.

"This is yet another opportunity for the Thunder and our fans to show how much we care about our community and an appropriate way to assist Officer Peery and his family. He showed great courage in what he did, sacrificing his own safety to protect the public. We want to do whatever we can do to help," said Dan Mahoney, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations.

Officer Peery was severely beaten on the evening of Feb.15 as he was off-duty, watching a Thunder game on TV at a northwest Oklahoma City establishment. His neck was broken as he attempted to stop a fight. He remains paralyzed and faces a potential lifetime of physical, emotional and financial challenges. Officer Peery is married with four children.

Fans at the game on Sunday will also have an opportunity to sign an extra large get-well card for Officer Peery at the auction table.

For fans not attending the game, a website has been established to donate to the Chad Peery Fund. It is located at chadpeeryfund.org.