October brought the Blazers’ yearly fundraiser, Game On, benefiting The Trail Blazers Foundation.
The Trail Blazers hosted their second annual fundraiser, Game On, boasting that it is “the most unique fundraiser in Portland.” It seems the evening lived up to the hype, bringing in thousands of dollars for the Blazers’ community partners.
The event brings together players, coaches, staff, and fans in a night full of childhood games, silent auctions, raffles, and more. Those features alone undoubtedly pull a generous and excited crowd of donors. The main attraction, though, is an interactive gameshow with the fans’ favorite Blazers. All proceeds from Game On go to support the Sport for Health grants awarded to nonprofits that serve local underserved kids and families. With their partners Nike and Moda, The Trail Blazers Foundation aims to fund twenty organizations annually. Their primary interest is in encouraging healthy, active lifestyles among youth in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
The foundation has a simple message: get in the game. For players and coaches, it means consider donating their time and resources to causes they care about. For fans, it means bolster the team’s efforts by volunteering and making personal donations. For young people, it means quite literally to get involved in sport or fitness. Making positive change is not always easy, but the most important step is the first one. Blazers’ community relations and foundation team has created a fundraising and awareness event that is fun for all involved, and ultimately, benefits the state at large.
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