Willis Reed To Bid Farewell To N.Y. Fans

New York Knicks legend and NBA Hall of Famer <B>Willis Reed</B> will say farewell to his New York fans at a fundraiser for the Yale Cardiovascular Research Fund. Reed is leaving the New York area to return home to New Orleans in an executive capacity with the New Orleans Hornets.

The Second Annual Fundraiser will honor Willis Reed with a formal dinner on September 22, 2004 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. New York Mets great Rusty Staub will host a two-part auction at the event, which will also help raise funds for Yale Cardiovascular Research.

Longtime Knicks Radio and TV announcer for MSG, John Andariese, will host the benefit dinner along with Dr. Barry L. Zaret, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale.

"This event is a tremendous opportunity to thank one of the biggest stars in NBA history for his contributions to the New York sports scene while raising awareness and funds for cardiovascular research at Yale," said Dr. Barry L. Zaret.

Most remembered for his dramatic return to the NBA Finals floor during Game 7 of the NBA Championship in 1970 – giving the Knicks their first ever NBA Title – Reed hopes to leave the New York area with a lasting legacy beyond the hardwood floor and tunnels of Madison Square Garden.

Reed, the only NBA player to be named MVP of the All-Star game, regular season and playoffs in the same year (1970), was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982 and was also named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

Additional information on attending the event and/or donations to the fund can be sent to:

Tommy Williams
Development Office, Yale University School of Medicine
P.O. Box 7611
New Haven, CT 06519-1714

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