Friday, July 11, 2008

San Antonio Spurs Guard and D.C. Native Roger Mason Jr. Hosts Charity Event to Benefit National Kidney Foundation

Roger Mason @ Reading Room Dedication

Roger Mason Jr., former Washington Wizards guard and D.C. native is no stranger to giving back to his community. While with the Wizards, he created 'Mason's Madness', a program that provided complimentary tickets to local school children. Now a guard with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, Mason will return to D.C. to host his 1st Annual Ball for a Cause on July 29, 2008, featuring bowling at Lucky Strike located in Chinatown, D.C. Several of Roger's fellow NBA friends are coming out to support the cause, including Brendan Haywood, Etan Thomas and DeShawn Stevenson, as well as former and current NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Bobby Simmons, Robert Horry, Sean Singletary and Tony Massenburg. Proceeds from the event will benefit the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area (NKF/NCA).

Kidney disease is something that hits home for Mason. When Roger was 11, his father Roger Mason Sr. passed away from kidney disease. According to Mason, "It has been a dream of mine to be a part of such a wonderful organization that shares my vision. National Kidney Foundation has helped many people live a healthier and happy life. I am proud to announce our inaugural event in July. I look forward to years of supporting the cause."
The event at Lucky Strike will showcase the bowling skills of some of today’s top athletes and entertainers. Lanes are available for purchase and each lane will have a celebrity and a young kidney patient. Bowling lanes are $3,500 and individual tickets to the event are $100, which includes complimentary food, drinks, gift bag, and the opportunity to mingle with athletes and other celebrities.

The Washington, DC area has the highest prevalence of kidney disease in the nation but the National Kidney Foundation is working hard in the community to combat that. Funds from this event will be used to support vital research, patient services, public and physician education, and organ donation programs. Proceeds will also support NKF/NCA’s flagship program, Knock Out Kidney Disease, a comprehensive screening and education program targeted at at-risk individuals.

For tickets or sponsorship, please contact Kevin Cannady at the National Kidney Foundation, kcannady@kidneywdc.org, 202-244-7900 ext. 11. Register online at http://www.kidneywdc.org/.

ETA: An after party will be held at The Shadow Room, 2131 K Street NW on July 29. Admission is $40 per person and tables are available for purchase. As with Ball for a Cause, all proceeds will benefit the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area.

{Thanks Nicole}
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