Bulls player chips in

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

Nazr Mohammed, Chicago Bulls player and Kenwood Academy High School alumnus, will host the Nazr Foundation’s 2nd Annual Fundraiser for charity at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 at Pazzo’s, 311 S. Wacker Dr.

The event will feature an open bar, raffle, music and dancing.

Mohammed, who recently returned to Chicago to play back-up center for the Bulls, was inspired to host his first fundraiser last year after visiting his alma mater, Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., and noticing that the locker room, theater, computer lab and gym needed upgrades.

The foundation was able to raise about $40,000 last year and 100 percent of the proceeds went to gymnasium and King Community Meeting Room upgrades at the school. This year, raffle proceeds will go to Kenwood but the other proceeds will be divided and distributed to multiple charitable organizations and projects.

One of the foundation’s projects that the funding will benefit will be a weekend academy. The foundation will offer a series of workshops, seminars and guest speakers who will meet with the students, selected from neighborhoods across the city, to discuss topics of concern to youth.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $75. To buy tickets or make donations, visit nazrmohammed.com.

Mohammed is also soliciting donations through his Lexington, Ky., based foundation at 205 W. Main St., suite 1220, Lexington, Ky. 40507.

d.phillips@hpherald.com