by J.D. Reager
This Friday night at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation will stage their annual "Staxtacular" fundraiser event. Hosted by Grizzlies players Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, and all-star Zach Randolph, and featuring live music from local R&B favorites the Bo-Keys, this year's "Staxtacular" party and auction will raise vital funds for the Stax Music Academy's youth mentoring and music programs.
This year's event marks the sixth year of partnership between the Grizzlies and the Stax Academy, and will be the third co-hosted by the emerging NBA superstar Gay.
“I’ve hosted this event for the past three years because it’s important to help students who have special talents, whether it is music, sports or any other field, to have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams,” says Gay. “The Grizzlies and Stax Museum and Academy are sources of pride for the city of Memphis and I’m proud to be associated with both.”
According to the Grizzlies Charitable Foundation Executive Director and event founder Jenny Koltnow, it's easy to see why the Grizzlies players feel such a connection to Stax Music Academy.
"What basketball was for them, music is for the students of Stax Academy. Basketball provided our players with skills, discipline, goals and mentors. Our players enthusiastically support Stax Music Academy, because it uses music to provide those same opportunities to its students."
Tickets for "Staxtacular 2010" are $150 per person, and All-Star packages, which include 12 tickets and name/company recognition, are $1,500. To purchase tickets or get information on live and silent auction items call (901) 261-6385 or visit www.staxtacular.com. Doors for the event open at 7 p.m.