Kings-Grateful Dead Night Makes Local Difference

By Dave Anderson

Following the announcement of the return of the Dead Head Pack, find out how proceeds from last season’s Grateful Dead Night have helped educate Sacramento-area students.

On February 9, 2011, the Sacramento Kings held their first Grateful Dead Night, hosted by NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton.

Thanks to the tremendous excitement surrounding the event, which included a Kings-Mavericks ticket, a one-of-a-kind Kings-Grateful Dead T-Shirt and a pregame meet & greet with Walton and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, the Kings and the Maloof family combined to raise $10,000 for the Rex Foundation, which contributes to grassroots organizations that are focused on arts, education, music and the environment.

“What a contribution to the Rex Foundation!” exclaimed Walton. “It made a huge difference right here (as) the money stayed in Sacramento, creating opportunities (and) fulfilling dreams. There is nothing like this perfect harmonic convergence – the Kings and the Rex Foundation!”

The Rex Foundation frequently makes donations to organizations that face obstacles in garnering funding from traditional sources, and a portion of the proceeds from last year’s Grateful Dead Night went to a local program called “Blues in the Schools,” which is run by the Sacramento Blues Society.

“The goal of our ‘Blues in the Schools’ program is to inspire young minds, foster a passion for learning and also to create an economic impact to the community by giving local musicians jobs,” said Sacramento Blues Society Vice President Dave Alcock.

“Blues in the Schools” puts on a series of interactive musical programs where local musicians lecture and perform for students. Those students then join the visiting musicians for an on-stage performance.

“When the kids get up, the magic lights up (their faces). It’s absolutely fantastic and truly something to behold,” said Alcock. “We want to thank the Rex Foundation, Maloof Sports & Entertainment and, of course, the Kings for helping make this wonderful opportunity happen.”

Walton is thrilled to see the charitable efforts of the Maloofs, Kings and Rex Foundation assisting to educate Sacramento students about one of his greatest passions.

“This is a phenomenal commitment by everyone to come and make a difference, to stand tall for others who can’t get it done by themselves,” said Walton. “Music is the most important thing in our lives! It’s the inspiration that drives us, but it’s also the reflection of our souls. It tells us who we are. It makes us think. It makes us care. It makes us dream.”

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