NEWS May 22, 2004

On May 15, 2004 Variety hosted the 49ers vs Raiders "Battle of the Bay" Celebrity Basketball Tournament

Local Children Shoot Hoops with the Raiders and 49ers Celebrity Basketball Game to Benefit Variety Children's Charity and South Bay

In a special session before the "Battle of the Bay" celebrity basketball game, a selected group of children from around the County will join players and alumni of the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders for an autograph signing and one-on-one hoop sessions. During the autograph session, Supervisor Pete McHugh will make a special presentation to Variety Children's Charity of Northern California. Variety, which donated more than 300 game tickets to disadvantaged families in Santa Clara County, is now expanding into the South Bay and Santa Clara County. Variety has pledged to use any game proceeds to assist South Bay children. WHO: Supervisor Pete McHugh, Chairperson, Board of Supervisors Ellen Goodman, Director, Variety Children's Charity of Northern California Ward Farris, Battle of the Bay Producer, One5Promotions San Francisco 49ers players and alumni Oakland Raiders players and alumni Children and families from shelters, County foster and CalWorks programs WHEN: Saturday, May 15

WHY: The County of Santa Clara and Variety Children's Charity of Northern California work together to provide services to children in need in the South Bay. Variety's programs include life-enrichment activities, direct financial support, and product donations. The organization targets children who are challenged by physical and mental disabilities, poverty, abuse and neglect. Many of the children attending the Battle of the Bay game are disadvantaged or disabled.