February 11, 2008
Two days prior to their season opener, the Los Angeles Avengers will host \"Kickoff 2008,\" on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. The star-studded charity event, celebrating the start of the Arena Football League season, features a special performance by REO Speedwagon and dinner by Wolfgang Puck.
\"Kickoff 2008\" will be hosted by Fox Sports Net's Bill Macdonald and television personality Melissa Rivers, who will introduce the Avenger players, coaches and \"A-Team\" dancers. The festivities, which include a cocktail reception and silent auction, begin at 7 p.m.
Tables of 10 for $5,000 and individual tickets for $500 are available for purchase by calling 1-888-AVENGERS. All proceeds benefit PADRES Contra El C??ncer and the STAPLES Center Foundation. Actress Eva Longoria Parker, who has served as PADRES' national spokesperson since 2005, is scheduled to be in attendance along with various other celebrities.
REO Speedwagon, world famous for No. 1 hits such as Keep on Loving You and Can't Fight This Feeling, is currently touring North America with Styx and Def Leppard. \"Kickoff 2008\" will be REO Speedwagon's second football-related performance this month, after headlining the \"Saturday Night Spectacular\" in Scottsdale, Ariz., prior to Super Bowl XLII. The band released its 15th studio album Find Your Own Way Home last year.
The Avengers will host the New Orleans VooDoo on Friday, Feb. 29, at STAPLES Center in what will be the first game of the AFL's 22nd season. The game is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
ABOUT PADRES CONTRA EL CÃNCER
PADRES Contra El CÃ¡ncer is committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. PADRES brings together children, families, healthcare professionals and community leaders to promote a comprehensive understanding of childhood cancer and other blood disorders, as well as effective methods for their treatment. All PADRES programs, activities and services, while primarily oriented to the Latino community, serve childhood cancer patients from all races and ethnic origins. No family is turned away. For more information about PADRES Contra El C??ncer please visit their website at www.iamhope.org or call (800) 269-4186.
ABOUT THE STAPLES CENTER FOUNDATION
The STAPLES Center Foundation has established a number of partnerships in the Los Angeles community to assist charities in raising funds and awareness for their organizations with a special emphasis on the low-income neighborhoods surrounding the arena. The STAPLES Center Foundation has donated in excess of $7 million in financial and in-kind support to many community-based organizations, helping to reach those in need.
ABOUT Nokia PLAZA L.A. LIVE
Nokia Plaza, a 40,000-square-foot open-air area for outdoor entertainment, is situated at the heart of L.A. LIVE, a $2.5-billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential and entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. Nokia Plaza sits directly in front of the Nokia Theatre, which is L.A.'s new 7,100-seat state-of-the-art venue for live performances. The L.A. LIVE development also features, a 54-story, 1001-room convention \"headquarters\" hotel (combining JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton brands and 224 luxury condominiums -- The Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE), Club Nokia (a 2,300 capacity live music venue), a 14-screen Regal Cineplex, \"broadcast\" facilities for ESPN along with entertainment, restaurant and office space.
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES AVENGERS
One of the Arena Football League's premier franchises, the Los Angeles Avengers have distinguished themselves as a proud member of the Southern California sports community ever since their inaugural season in 2000. Under the direction of head coach Ed Hodgkiss, the Avengers have advanced to the AFL playoffs in five of their past six seasons and captured their first Western Division championship in 2005. Equally effective off the field, the Avengers have ventured out into local communities more than 1,000 times in the past three years, visiting hospitals, schools, missions and community events. The team is owned by Casey Wasserman and operated under the Wasserman Media Group umbrella. For more information about the Avengers or to order season tickets, call 1-888-AVENGERS.
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