NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 16, 2013) - Up2Us (www.up2us.org), a New York based not-for-profit organization, will be holding its inaugural gala dinner at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City on June 4. The event will benefit the organization's mission to advance sports as the solution to the obesity, youth violence and educational challenges facing America's youth today. Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Wynton Marsalis will present Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the Legacy Award, recognizing the NBA hall of famer for his 20-plus years of contribution to sport, education, and humanitarian efforts. The evening will bring professional athletes, Hollywood celebrities and other VIPs together as they celebrate Up2Us' work. Some of the stars lending their support for this event include Sandra Bernhard (emcee), Kristin Davis, Laird Hamilton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonny Lee Miller, Sienna Miller, Gretchen Mol, Gabrielle Reece, Meg Ryan and Naomi Watts.
"We are honored by the generous support we've received from our corporate sponsors and individual donors since establishing this movement four years ago, but we still have a long way to go," said Paul Caccamo, founder and executive director for Up2Us. "Our gala is an opportunity for those who believe in the power of sports to inspire the next generation of youth to come together and make a difference in the lives of millions of kids."
Individual tickets start at $500 and tables of ten begin at $10,000 and are available for purchase at www.up2us.org.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP reception; followed by dinner and the program at 7:30 p.m. Up2Us will also honor three coaches from its Coach Across America program. These coaches will be acknowledged for their exceptional service and dedication to counseling and supporting at-risk youth. After the formal program, the event will continue with desserts, cocktails and dancing.
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Established in 2009, Up2Us is leading a national movement to advance sports as a solution to the critical challenges facing today's youth, including childhood obesity, academic failure and youth violence. Up2Us accomplishes its mission by uniting more than 650 sports programs that provide life skills development to this nation's most vulnerable youth. In 2010, Up2Us launched Coach Across America (CAA) to provide its member organizations with well-trained, highly effective coaches. CAA is the first national program that challenges young adults to give back to their communities through a year of service as coach-mentors. This year, CAA is placing more than 400 coach-mentors nationwide, reaching 50,000 children. Up2Us is supported by Mercedes-Benz USA, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, Nike Inc., the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Justice.