CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Cavaliers fans helped raised more than $750,000 for local charities during the NBA playoffs.
According to a release from the Cavaliers, that sum included watch party admissions, 50/50 raffles and auctions during the playoff games.
The watch party tickets were $5 each this year and raised a total of $717,000.
One hundred percent of those proceeds will go to six local charities: The Centers for Families and Children, City Year Cleveland, Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, Cuyahoga County Invest in Children, Achievement Centers for Children and Special Olympics Ohio Greater Cleveland.
At the Championship Rally Wednesday, Cavs vice-chairmen and minority owners, Jeff Cohen and Nate Forbes, presented a check to Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, who represented the six charities.
In addition, the 50/50 raffles at home games and road game watch parties and multiple auctions raised more than $50,000. That money also will go to local charities.
“We never have, and never will, take the amazing support of our fans for granted. They joined with us again to truly embrace the “ALL IN” spirit during this history-making NBA Championship run,” said Cavs CEO Len Komoroski. “Cavs fans should be extremely proud that our special partnership during this incredible journey together also translates into making a difference for some very worthy local charities and people across our area who really need and deserve it.”