Update for Wednesday, February 24th: Lisa Swan, our ticket rep for the Blazers, reports that as of 10:00 this morning only 72 tickets remain to be donated. Are there 25 of you out there with the means to purchase 3 tickets for kids in need? If so, we'll meet our goal!
Here's the Official Announcement that we have one week remaining in our Blazer's Edge Night Campaign to send 2000 underprivileged kids to see the Portland Trail Blazers play the Sacramento Kings on March 28th.
The deadline for ticket purchases is Monday, February 29th. So far we have donated just over 1600 tickets. We want to make it to 2000 before next Monday.
If 130 of you within the sound of my voice purchase 3 tickets each, we will make it. If 40 of you can swing 10 tickets each, we will make it.
Each year we send hundreds of kids to see the Blazers play without asking a thing of them or of the adults who work with them. Teachers and counselors aplenty write us and ask if we can help them. 2000 is more kids than we've ever sent at one time but the need is great.
This makes a huge difference in the lives of these children and the people who serve them. Many of our young folks don't get to experience a life outside of their own neighborhood. They walk to school with their heads down, sit in classes, then walk home with their heads down again. The immediate outside world isn't the safest place in the world. The parts of the outside world that seem better are unaffordable. For one night we help break that cycle in a simple way. We give them a chance to experience what all of us take for granted. We send them to a place they've only seen on TV, an environment that might as well be as far away as Oz was for Dorothy. We give them a chance to see Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in person. We give them a chance to cheer together with thousands of other people, undifferentiated. We give them a chance to be kids.
In doing so we affect the environment profoundly. Teachers tell us stories of students jumping out of their seats at the news that they get to go, then coming out of their shells. Some teachers have broken down into tears thanking us. It's easy to do, though. All we do is say, "Yes" when they ask. A simple act like that, one "yes" in a world full of no's, has ripple effects that none of us can foresee.
We get to say yes because people like you are kind and donate tickets to the cause. The cost is $9 or $13 per ticket. (We've almost sold out of $7 tickets already.) Every ticket you donate is another fan cheering for their team that night, another person brought into the next generation of Trail Blazers fandom.
More than anything else, this distinguishes us as a site and community. We don't just follow the team to puff ourselves up. Blazers fans, as they always have, create an environment where everybody belongs...a place where we all gather around a center we can pour our passion into. We're rewarded not just by the play of the team, but by the feeling of being together.
Please help people who can't get to the Moda Center on their own experience that feeling. Here's how:
You can donate through this link:
Promo Code: BLAZERSEDGE
Ticket Costs range from $7-13 (There is a $5 processing fee per order.)
You can also call our ticket rep, Lisa Swan, at 503-963-3966. You will need to indicate to her that you are donating the tickets you order to Blazer's Edge Night.