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Nothing But Net: 'Obama Classic' Scores Millions For POTUS' Campaign

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After nearly a year since it was originally slated to take place, the Obama campaign hosted its basketball star-studded fundraising event known as the "Obama Classic."

The tip off was Wednesday and featured a dinner with President Obama that was hosted by basketball legend Michael Jordan -- and featured current and past players Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving and Alonzo Mourning. After the dinner, POTUS and the some of the players casually shot baskets together.

Here is a breakdown of donation levels for the event:

  • $250/person: autograph session with the players at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers;
  • $5,000/couple: Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers session including autographs and a shoot-around skills session with the players;
  • $20,000/person ($40,000/couple): All-Star Dinner with President Obama and the players at the New York Athletic Club (included photo reception with POTUS).

The whole thing was originally supposed to be a full-exhibition game late In Washington, D.C., last year during the NBA lockout, but was canceled when players and owners resolved their dispute and started up the season.

All in all, the events raised around $3 million -- which is what we call a slam dunk!





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