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Pollins "Living for the city" with free Stevie Wonder event

Having sold the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center to Ted Leonsis last week, the Pollin family is ready to celebrate its lengthy connection to this area. Irene Pollin, the widow of the franchise patriarch, and her sons, Robert and Jim, will host a free, private concert featuring legendary musician Stevie Wonder on May 26.

The Pollins plan to honor employees of Washington Sports and Entertainment and those of several civic and public service organizations, such as the D.C. Fire Department and police department, public school teachers and hospital workers from George Washington Hospital and Sibley Hospital, where Abe Pollin was treated before his passing last November. They are fittingly dubbing the event, "Living for the city," for Wonder's classic hit single.

Robert Pollin said in a statement, "Abe Pollin deeply appreciated and respected all the people who make the Verizon Center and our D.C. community thrive. This concert is a way for our family to convey as emphatically and joyfully as possible these same feelings of appreciation and respect. We couldn't be more fortunate than to have the great Stevie Wonder leading this celebration of our community."

Abe Pollin purchased the Baltimore Bullets in 1964 and moved the team to suburban Washington in 1974 before opening Verizon Center in 1997. He died of a rare brain disorder in November. NBA Commissioner David Stern said he expects Leonsis to take over by the end of the month.

By Michael Lee  |  May 10, 2010; 6:05 PM ET
 
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how 'bout some stevie love for season ticket holders???

Posted by: divi3 | May 10, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Orlando is Awe Some!

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 10, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I think Irene should invite some of us on here?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 10, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I think Irene should invite some of us on here?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 10, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Somehow, I don't think you'll be on the invitation list.

Posted by: rbpalmer | May 10, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

As a tribute Leonsis should jack up the rent, unplug half the lights, and forget to hire a cleaning crew before the event. I may personally send over a $29 flat cake from Costco.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 11, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

Anyone want to take a shot at ABE's disorder?

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 11, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

O.K. TED, let's be having ERNIE dry the ink on LIVINGSTON's and SINGLETON's new contracts with the WIZ. Then we can go about building a team. Tell HOWARD and FOYE thanks for the memories, and accept ROSS's option for the moment.

We need three #5's and we have one. Let's sign at least one in this draft, my personal choice JEROME JORDAN in the second round. BRAD MILLER in FA.

We need four #4's and we have one, SINGLETON would be two. A draft pick depending for one, or two FA's. FLIP wants to marry SONGAILA so let's bring him in for a reprise.

We have one #3 and we need three, WESLEY JOHNSON has a high probability of becoming one after the draft. We need another in that case. A good combo 3-4 would be NAMANJA BJELICA if he falls out of the draft, otherwise we need a FA. HOWARD will not be back in a WIZARDS uni.

We have two #2's and need a third, but ARENAS could be the one if we sign LIVINGSTON and get another PG in the draft.

We have combo guards FOYE and ARENAS at #1. We should sign LIVINGSTON and get a PG with the CAV's pick unless we win the lottery, then WALL. Move ARENAS and lose FOYE in that case.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 11, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

The Pollin's personify CLASS.

Posted by: frankjomama | May 11, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I think Irene should invite some of us on here?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 10, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Somehow, I don't think you'll be on the invitation list.

Posted by: rbpalmer

LOL, no kiddin.

"I know you said my husband was cheap, the cause for all things bad in Washington sports, and the team is better off now that he's dead, but heck, why don't you all come down for a free show?"

(That's directed at all of us, BF, not just you)

Posted by: ts35 | May 11, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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