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Raffle underway for Lakers championship ring

City News Service | 4/4/2013, 8:10 a.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Ticket sales began today for a raffle for the Los Angeles Lakers 2010 NBA championship ring belonging to Hall of Fame player and coach Bill Sharman, with proceeds benefiting eight charities.

Raffle tickets are $2 each with a minimum purchase of five tickets required. Tickets can be purchased at www.billsringofhope.com. Ticket sales will end at 8 a.m. June 7.

The winner of Bill's Ring of Hope raffle will also receive two premium tickets to a Laker game during the 2013-2014 season, a travel allowance of $4,000, if needed for airfare, hotel and ground transportation for the winner and a guest, and $8,146.25 to pay federal and Massachusetts taxes for the ring.

The proceeds from raffle ticket sales will benefit the Toberman Neighborhood Center, Lakers Youth Foundation, Public Counsel, Angel's Nest, James Worthy Foundation, Providence TrinityCare Hospice, West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation and Xcel University, Inc.

"I've had the honor and privilege of working with numerous nonprofits, especially the Toberman Neighborhood Center," said Sharman, who coached the Lakers to their first championship in Los Angeles in 1972 and received the ring for the 2010 title for his role as a special consultant with the team.

"I wanted to do something to give back and help support the important and life-changing work that each of these organizations are doing for our community. I feel blessed that I can contribute to the meaningful work of each of these wonderful charities."

The San Pedro-based Toberman Neighborhood Center conducts a variety of programs aiding youths and families, including youth literacy programs, adult education, legal services, emergency food and clothing, parenting classes and gang intervention.