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.
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