NBA star Chris Paul, a native of Forsyth County, will be the guest speaker at The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem’s Boys & Girls Club annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, Aug. 8. It will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Grand Pavilion Ballroom, 460 North Cherry St.
The Los Angeles Clippers point guard attended West Forsyth High School and Wake Forest University before declaring for the NBA draft. Since being selected fourth overall in the 2005 draft by the New Orleans Hornets, Paul has been a NBA Rookie of the Year (2006), a six-time All-Star and a multiple All-NBA and All-Defensive team honoree. He led the Hornets to the second round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs. He has won two Olympic gold medals as a member of the United States National Basketball Team in Beijing and London. Paul also won MVP in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
Off the court, Chris Paul is married to Jada Crawley, his college sweetheart. They are the parents of Christopher Emmanuel Paul II, age 3, and Camryn Alexis Paul, born Aug.16, 2012.
In 2005, Paul and his family established the CP3 Foundation. The foundation’s initiatives include partnerships with the Boys & Girls Club, Feed the Children, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. The foundation also sponsors and supports literacy initiatives, youth basketball clinics and court refurbishments, holiday giving and emergency preparedness initiatives.
“It is an honor to have Chris Paul come home and speak at our dinner,” said Major James Allison, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem. “He is a dynamic leader with a passion for helping others and we are grateful to have someone of such great character join us for this special event.”
Tickets for the event are $100 per person. Event sponsorships are also available and begin at $1,000 per table. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 336-723-6366.