Bellevue, Washington (PRWEB) August 25, 2014
The Lenny Wilkens Foundation announced today that more than $450,000 was raised during the foundation’s annual celebrity weekend. The majority of funds will go to support the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and other charities throughout the year.
“The children of our region are truly our future, and they deserve a competitive education and quality healthcare,” said Lenny Wilkens, founder, former NBA player and second all-time winningest coach in league history. “We are so grateful to all of our celebrities and attendees who helped us raise funds during this event. Their support is critical to our mission to fund a future with dignity for children in the Pacific Northwest.”
The annual celebrity weekend featured a dinner and auction held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue and a golf tournament at The Golf Club at Newcastle, Wash. The auction program was led by emcee and ESPN sports personality Kenny Mayne and local newscaster and auctioneer Stephen Kilbreath. The foundation also awarded Nina Morrison, vice president of community and customer relations at Talking Rain Beverage Company, the 2014 community service award. The award recognized Morrison for her years of philanthropic contributions to the community through dedicated stewardship and volunteerism.
This year’s event included several former members of the Seattle SuperSonics, including Gus Williams and Fred Brown from the 1978-1979 championship team, Spencer Haywood, Slick Watts and Al Hairston. There were many former Seahawks in the crowd including Nesby Glasgow, Marcus Trufant, Jordan Babineaux, Dave Kreig and Jim Zorn. Additional celebrities included Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, Chris Hansen, radio personality Bender, John Egan, Jack Thompson, John Egan, Meadowlark Lemon, Bob Kloppenburg, Steve Pool, Tracy Taylor, and Jack Thompson.
About the Lenny Wilkens Foundation
The Lenny Wilkens Foundation has raised more than $8 million to help children in need. The foundation, established by former NBA coach and player Lenny Wilkens, supports charities that give disadvantaged youth in the greater Seattle area an opportunity to have quality healthcare and a competitive education. The annual Celebrity Weekend brings sports and community greats together for a dinner, auction and golf tournament to raise funds for the foundation. Find more information online at http://lennywilkensfoundation.org/lwf_home.html.