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Portland Trail Blazers Fan Site Sending 2000 Underprivileged Kids to a Game

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Be a part of a huge event, sending children in need to a March Trail Blazers game.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

As December commences Blazer's Edge continues to power through our quest to send 2000 underprivileged kids and chaperons to the March 28th game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings at the Moda Center. Requests are pouring in from teachers, counselors, coaches, and others who work with children and youth, hoping to receive tickets for this event. We're all blessed to make that happen, giving these kids a fantastic evening and building the next generation of Trail Blazers fans.

It's easy to do. Tickets are automatically donated when you purchase them through this link:

http://www.rosequarter.com/blazersedge

Promo Code: BLAZERSEDGE

Ticket Costs range through three levels: $7, $9, and $13  (There is a $5 processing fee per order.)

You can also call our ticket rep, Lisa Swan, directly at 503-963-3966 if you'd like to order that way. You will need to indicate to her that you are donating the tickets you order to Blazer's Edge Night.

For those who have never heard about the event, we give away these tickets free. Professionals who work with underprivileged youth and children contact us, usually asking if they can take a few special kids to the game. We generally tell them they're all special, then ask how many kids they'd like to take. You can hear the gulp as they say, "I actually work with 30 students, but..."

"Done!" we respond, "And tickets for the chaperons too."

"How much will it cost for the chaperons?"

"Not a thing. You spend an enormous amount of time working with these kids. You should enjoy a night with them...your gift to your students."

Reactions range from jumping for joy to crying. Those are echoed in classrooms and gyms across Oregon and Southwest Washington as the folks who contact us get to tell their kids that they ALL get to go to the game. Every year we hear stories of groups taking buses and MAX, shuttling to the Moda Center, standing wide-eyed and excited as they redeem the tickets, then shouting and stamping their way through the game, win or lose. The experience is incredible. This year nearly 10% of the fans in the arena that night will be kids we sent.

As I always say, that $7 or $9 or $13 probably won't mean much to you or me in the long run, but for a teacher whose formerly-silent student suddenly starts spouting Blazers facts and figures, that ticket is priceless.

December is the month of giving. In case you need incentive to help these kids see the game, here's what we're going to do.

For every 100 tickets donated between now and New Year's, I'm going to invite a Blazer's Edge reader to a special dinner the week of the event. If we donate 500 tickets that evening will be 5 readers and me. If we get to 1000 it'll be 10 readers and me, chatting over supper.

There's no way to track who gives what, so this will be random drawing from among interested readers. Donating doesn't mean you'll get to go, but donating means not only sending kids, but treating (maybe) yourself or (certainly) fellow readers to a special night.

Also, when we make it to 2000 tickets total, we have another special announcement in store.

We invite you to help out with this fantastic project. Once again that's...

http://www.rosequarter.com/blazersedge

Promo Code: BLAZERSEDGE

Ticket Costs range through three levels: $7, $9, and $13  (There is a $5 processing fee per order.)

You can also call our ticket rep, Lisa Swan, directly at 503-963-3966. You will need to indicate to her that you are donating the tickets you order to Blazer's Edge Night.

If you want to know more about the event or how it works, ask in the comment section or e-mail me at the address below and I'll be happy to share. Let's make this happen!

--Dave blazersub@gmail.com / @DaveDeckard@Blazersedge