Jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows will perform at an opening event of the 2009 NBA All-Star Game Weekend: the Biltmore Estates All-Star Jazz Jam at Estate 41 on February 12 in Phoenix, AZ. The event is hosted by the Women’s Funding Network and supported by Behind the Bench, the National Basketball Wives Association.

The 20,000-square-foot European Villa is part of the Arizona Biltmore Estates’ famous “Billionaire Bungalows.” The Jazz Jam is open to the public with tickets priced at $100 in advance; $125 at the door, which includes two drink tickets.

The evening will include appearances by some NBA stars and their wives. There will be raffle prizes, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. NBA greats George Gervin, Charles Barkley, Eddie Johnson, Mark West and others have been invited. Guests are encouraged to donate an old cell phone in exchange for one free raffle ticket.

“I’m excited to be a part of this opening event for All-Star Weekend,” stated Meadows in a statement. “I have played at a lot of different venues throughout the years, but Estate 41 promises to be one of the most exquisite and intimate settings I have ever performed in.”

“This is a hugely important event for us,” added Deborah Richardson, chief program officer for the Women’s Funding Network. “The funds raised will help us fulfill our mission to accelerate women’s leadership and invest in solving critical social issues from poverty to global security. We are delighted to be partnering with Behind the Bench, an organization that addresses the challenges that face families, especially women and children.”

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