Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Upcoming: Pistons Telethon

For the first time in Detroit sports history, a team will devote an entire day, including their game and their broadcast, to a telethon to raise money for charity.

On Friday, March 14, as part of the Detroit Pistons' season-long celebration of 50 years in Michigan, the organization will host the Pistons Cares Telethon Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. The team asks everyone in the community to help them reach their goal of granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The telethon will run throughout the day and into the evening as the Pistons host the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs at 8 pm.

The entire telecast of the game will be devoted to the telethon. Throughout the night, representatives from the Pistons community will ask fans to call and pledge. Sponsors will present their donations and the Pistons will introduce stories of past and present Make-A-Wish kids.

All donations taken -- online, over the phone, through pre-telethon programs and in-arena the night of March 14 -- will place each donor into a drawing for unique, one-of-a kind prizes from the Detroit Pistons, including the grand prize of a road trip with the team on Roundball One.

For more information about the Pistons Cares Telethon Benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, please contact Dennis Sampier, Director of Community Relations, at (248) 371-2034 or visit www.pistons.com.

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