Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta Bowling Fundraiser Tonight at Ten Pin Alley Atlantic Station 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta Bowling Fundraiser Tonight at Ten Pin Alley Atlantic Station 

"The Big Event" Party With a Purpose For Young Professionals. Guests Include Grammy Winning Recording Artists 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBS) announces the "BIG EVENT" tonight at Ten Pin Alley. The Jamal Crawford Foundation hosts and celebrity friends from the sports, music and the film industry will attend. The public is invited to join special guests at this fundraiser to benefit the youth mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The evening will feature a red carpet entrance, bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, entertainment by DJ Tron of the Urban Legends and appearance by Grammy Award Winning Recording Artists Naughty By Nature. 

This annual fundraiser was developed by the Big Brothers Big Sisters Ambassadors, a guild of young professionals that supports the organization through volunteer and fundraising efforts. In order to appeal to a more diverse 25 – 40 year old audience, this "party with a purpose" will be a festive social event geared towards raising awareness of BBBS of Metro Atlanta. 

"I am very excited about my first "Big Event" in my new adopted city of Atlanta. I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of Hawks fans while raising money for charity. I have come to really appreciate Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta," said Crawford. 

"On July 14, 1960, BBBS was officially incorporated here in Atlanta. Since that time we have served more than 50,000 children, "said Janice McKenzie Crayton, President and CEO of the agency. "We see this as a rare opportunity to celebrate, to raise our profile in the community, to recruit more Bigs, to re-engage former Bigs and Littles and to raise significant funds for the agency. We want to conduct a multifaceted celebration that will culminate with our 50th anniversary 2010 Legacy Awards Gala. 

For sponsorship, please contact Cassie Morgenstern to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta's mission to transform the community by providing and supporting meaningful one-to-one friendships between children and caring, well-trained volunteers. Tickets are $40 per individual both online and at the door. To purchase tickets, please visit or call 404 601-7000. 

Sponsors for The BIG Event 2009 include: 
The Jamal Crawford Foundation, QuickTrip, Wachovia, Georgia Commerce Bank, Maria and Mark Lazzaro, Arby's Foundation, Chevron, Michael H. Ross and MHR International, WVEE V103, WAOK AM, Dave FM, The Atlanta Voice, Sunday Paper and Atlanta Daily World. 

Confirmed guests and red carpet photo opportunities: 

Grammy Award Winning Recording Artists Naughty By Nature 
Performance by R& B Recording Artist Heston 
NFL Atlanta Falcons: Thomas DeCoud, Ovie Mughelli, Eric Weems, Eric Brock, Chevis Jackson, Troy Bergeron and Chauncey Davis. 
NFL Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders 
WNBA Atlanta Dream Forward Jen Lacy and Atlanta Dream Staff 
Roger Bobb, Supervising Producer of Tyler Perry Studios and cast members of "House of Payne" and "Meet The Browns" 
Elle Duncan, WVEE V103 FM 
Rashan Ali 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta: 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta is a nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Its mission is to transform the lives of children through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring, well trained volunteers. Founded in 1960, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta currently serves more than 3,000 children annually, making it one of the largest affiliated agencies in the United States. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2010 concluding its celebration with its annual Legacy Awards Gala. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, visit 

About The Jamal Crawford Foundation 
Jamal Crawford is in his first season with the NBA Atlanta Hawks. He previously played with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors. The mission of the Jamal Crawford Foundation is to provide inner-city children with experiences and activities to strengthen both their minds and bodies leading to well-rounded adults. The foundation provides ongoing support for athletic trainers at Seattle Public High Schools by donating money and medical supplies. On December 17, the foundation will host Jamal's Giving Tree benefiting the Positive Growth non profit organization and Atlanta Housing Authority at 6 p.m. at Buckhead's Lenox Square Mall. With the purchase of a holiday gift from the event's Giving Tree, each fan will receive an autographed photo of Jamal as well as Hawks game tickets.(while supplies last) The mall will staff a table for individuals seeking to purchase gift cards for the charity. For more information visit 

About Ten Pin Alley: 
Ten Pin Alley is a development of The Dolce Group, a Los Angeles based restaurant and nightlife company. Ten Pin Alley is a high end bowling alley, an ultra exclusive lounge and American-themed eatery with a vintage feel. Ten Pin's design is elaborate and theatrical, featuring secret entrances, library-like walls, ornate pool tables, and comfortable living room styled seating. Ten Pin is located at Atlantic Station, above Dolce Restaurant. 

Silent auction items featuring an autographed football by Atlanta Falcons running back Jerious Norwood, autographed basketball by Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford, Four Seasons Hotel package, Ten Pin Alley Bowling Package, Suite Tickets to the Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics January 8 game at Phillips Arena, Atlanta Braves club level tickets and Autographed baseball signed by David Justice. 

Media Contact: To cover "The Big Event" and for photo opportunities on the red carpet please contact- 
Diane Larche', Larche' Communications LLC, 
404 273-3227 cell