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Trail Blazers Players Visit St. Mary's Home for Boys, Deliver $50,000 Check

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    Team recognizes the work St. Mary’s has done for troubled youth

    PORTLAND, Ore. (December 19, 2012) – Portland Trail Blazers players, coaches and staff made a surprise visit to St. Mary’s Home for Boys on Wednesday afternoon. The team scrimmaged with the boys, played “knockout” and provided a bright spot for the boys during the holiday season.

    In recognition of the work that St. Mary’s has done for at-risk boys in the community, the team also presented a $50,000 check on behalf of the make it better Foundation. The gift was made possible by generous contributions from the Ray Hickey Foundation and the Hedinger Family Foundation.

    “There is no better time than right now for all of us to shine the light on the critically important work that St. Mary’s is doing for boys in communities across Oregon,” said Traci Rose, Trail Blazers Vice President of Community Relations and CEO of the make it better Foundation.

    “Our team and our staff – we are all committed to continue to support the efforts that are redirecting the lives of these young people who desperately need it. St. Mary’s has a rich, proven history of success in helping these boys go on to live productive lives.”

    The Trail Blazers have had a long-standing relationship with St. Mary’s Home for Boys, contributing tickets each season and donating more than $90,000 over the past three years. LaMarcus Aldridge provides the home with three tickets in his personal suite for every Trail Blazers home game during the 2012-13 season.

    St. Mary’s Home for Boys has been caring for Oregon’s most high-risk teens for more than 120 years. The home offers residential treatment and services to boys between the ages of 10 and 17 who are emotionally disturbed and behaviorally delinquent.

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