By Dorothy J. Gentry
The Dallas Mavericks raised more than $1.1 million for Dallas/Fort Worth-area charities at its 5th Annual Mavs Ball, held on March 7 at Million Air Hangar in Addison.
More than 800 people in attendance – including Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price – were treated to cocktails, dinner and entertainment from magician Justin Flom with the entire Dallas Mavericks team and organization including all the players, Head Coach Rick Carlisle, Owner Mark Cuban, General Manager Donnie Nelson and CEO Cynt Marshall.
“The Mavs Foundation is on fire,” Marshall told the crowd. “It’s remarkable the players are here tonight. They played Wednesday in a thrilling overtime [game], played last night and play tomorrow, but they still came tonight. It’s amazing to see their support for the community and our organization.”
While fans and guests walked the Mavs Blue Carpet, the player made a grand entrance to the Blue Carpet presented by Chime by rolling in on The Bombardier Global 6000 plane.
Proceeds from the Mavs Ball benefit the Mavs Foundation basketball courts and learning centers and will help fund grants to organizations like Agape Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dallas County Juvenile Department, Family Gateway, Scottish Rite for Children and more.
“When you’re raising money for charity it’s always a great thing,” said Mavs assistant coach Darrell Armstrong. “I look forward to it every year.”
- Maverick Dorian Finney-Smith and Jazmyne Branch
- Maverick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Destiny Brown
- Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall, her son Anthony and husband Ken.
- Mavs Assistant Coach Jenny Boucek
- Mavs Assistant Coaches Darrell Armstrong and God Shammgod.
- The Voice of the Dallas Mavericks Chuck Cooperstein and wife Katherine
- Mavs Maaniacs Leader Big Tall Rob and his wife LaDonna
- Commissioner John Wiley Price