Mourning and Friends from the Sports and Entertainment World to Gather for an Unforgettable Event

ALPINE, NJ (September 17, 2008) – Alonzo Mourning, NBA star, transplant survivor and national philanthropist, is beginning a new stage in his life—he’s being published! After years of success on the court, overcoming a life-threatening disease and undergoing a kidney transplant, and raising millions of dollars to fund youth initiatives supported by Alonzo Mourning Charities, Mourning is sharing his experiences, trials and triumphs through the publication of “RESILIENCE” by Alonzo Mourning.

Mourning and his closest friends from the sports and entertainment world will gather this Friday, September 19th, 2008 at a star-studded celebration of the publication of “RESILIENCE,” the NBA champion’s memoir scheduled to go on sale at the end of this month. The exciting and memorable evening that will be held to commemorate Mourning’s personal milestone is an invitation-only event in Alpine, New Jersey, hosted by Lenora and John Klein and Sheilagh and Anthony Cirillo. Guests will include Tracy Wilson Mourning, Wife and Founder of Honey Shine Mentoring Program, Dwyane Wade, NBA Star of the Miami Heat and recent Olympic Gold Medalist, Quentin Richardson, NBA Star of the New York Knicks, Ed Lover, Power 105.1 FM NYC Morning Show Host, Allan Houston, Former NBA Player, John Starks, Former NBA Player, Patrick Ewing, Former NBA Player, Michael Strahan, Former NFL Player, and more.

A philanthropist who is extremely successful at helping countless numbers of children and families in communities across the country, Mourning shares the hardships he’s endured and survived in his new book “RESILIENCE.” From petitioning himself into foster care as a ten-year-old, to studying his way onto the Dean's list at Georgetown, surviving an incurable and degenerative kidney disease and transplant, as well as battling his way to superstar status in the NBA, Mourning has become a six-foot, ten-inch symbol of hope and strength to many.

“I know that in sharing my story through this autobiography I can inspire others,” said Mourning. “My life experiences, documented through these memoirs you will read, not only formed and molded me into who I am today, but they definitely had an impact on so many other people's lives as well.”

The exclusive benefit party to celebrate the upcoming debut of “RESILIENCE” will include will include a VIP reception, meet-and-greet with Mourning and friends, cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction and raffle featuring roundtrip airline tickets to Europe, an autographed Mourning jersey, and much more. Proceeds from this evening will benefit Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Foundation for Autism Training and Education (FATE). For more information or to make a donation, contact kalvarez@amcharities.org or call 305-476-0095.