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Utah Jazz raise $400K for charity at annual Game Night event

Joe Ingles took some losses on Thursday night. The Utah Jazz veteran got scored on by an 11-year-old boy, lost to Donovan Mitchell and Georges Niang in a game of Family Feud, and got caught using his cellphone during the music round of a trivia game.

“He has Shazam!” Emmanuel Mudiay shouted.

“My mom is calling me on Skype from Australia!” Ingles lied.

But Ingles and everyone else still left Game Night with the Utah Jazz. The team’s annual charity event helped raise about $400,000 for Make-A-Wish Utah and Larry H. Miller Charities.

“It’s great to come out and meet some fans and sponsors,” Ingles said. “We enjoy coming out and hanging out. It’s always nice to meet the people that make it all work, and to help people too.”

This is the 21st year the Utah Jazz have held their preseason charity event. Since partnering with Make-A-Wish Utah, LHM Charities have helped grant nearly 50 wishes for children.

“It’s all about providing hope for kids who truly need it,” said Make-A-Wish Utah CEO Jared Perry. “When it comes down to it, that’s about this community.”

On Thursday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena, fans got a chance to play NBA2K against Rudy Gobert and Danté Exum. 

They took on Mike Conley in a game of Pictionary.

They played the Whisper Game with Georges Niang.

Down on the court, Jeff Green and Donovan Mitchell were shooting hoops with 11-year-old Donovan, a Make-A-Wish recipient who deals with seizures and Type 1 diabetes.

“He loves playing basketball,” his father said. “He’s having such a great time.”


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