Daniel Massa - Pacers.com
Allen Family Treats Single Mothers to Special Night Out
By Daniel Massa | Pacers.com
For the second straight year, Pacers forward Lavoy Allen and his wife Deloris hosted a special night out on Thursday for a group of seven single mothers.
The women were chosen by Concord Neighborhood Center, which provides social services on Indianapolis' near south side.
The Allens, who have three children, enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the mothers and provide them with a well-earned night of relaxation and fun.
"I couldn't imagine them trying to handle their kids by themselves," Lavoy said. "Just to see them with smiles on their faces, sitting back and relaxing, that's what really matters."
Lynn Rogers, Concord Neighborhood Center's director of children and youth services, was thrilled to see the women get rewarded for all their hard work.
"Lavoy is awesome," Rogers said. "This is the second year that he's done this for the Concord families, and I know that the ladies really appreciate it."
The night began with a surprise shopping spree at a local Wal-Mart, fully funded by Allen. Rogers couldn't understate what a surprise like that meant to the women.
"For a lot of them, it really helps," Rogers said. "Lavoy let us know he wanted [to help] single moms who were working and trying to make a difference for their families, so I know tonight was a big help for them."
After shopping, the group headed to Ruth's Chris Steak House for dinner.
"[The women] rarely get a night to themselves without their kids," Rogers said. "They've really had a good time. Lavoy is a hoot, a funny guy and very personable. The ladies are just very humbled by the whole experience and it's been a good night."
The mothers also received tickets to Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies, which will cap two well-earned nights out.
"I think everyone is having fun so far, which is the most important thing," Allen said.