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Not for publication Sept. 16, 1997 -- No. 644

Michael Jordan to speak, join legendary Tar Heel athletes

in auctioning sports memorabilia for Jordan Institute for Families

Saturday, Sept. 20

Smith Center

5:30 p.m. to view memorabilia

8:50 p.m. to hear Michael Jordan

9 p.m. live auction begins

Basketball superstar Michael Jordan is visiting Chapel Hill to help celebrate the first birthday of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Jordan Institute for Families at a gala dinner Sept. 20 at the Dean E. Smith Center.

Last year, Jordan, a 1986 UNC-CH graduate, pledged $1 million to establish the Jordan Institute for Families, part of the UNC-CH School of Social Work. It was the largest gift given to Carolina by a professional athlete.

The gala black-tie dinner will feature music, entertainment and silent and live auctions to raise money for the institute. Jordan will be joined by such legendary Tar Heel athletes as:

Other celebrities attending include Leah Rabin, the widow of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who will offer a prayer of peace before dinner. Shirley Caesar, a Grammy-award winning gospel singer, and Loonis McGlohon, Charlotte pianist and composer, will perform a special tribute to Charles Kuralt. “Voice of the Tar Heels” Woody Durham will serve as auctioneer.

Robert A. Ingram, president and chief executive officer of Glaxo Wellcome Inc., is honorary chairman of the event. Glaxo Wellcome Inc., the nation's leading research-based pharmaceutical firm based in Research Triangle Park, is the event's main corporate sponsor.

Media parking: Plenty of accessible parking will be available in the Bowles lot, adjacent to the Smith Center.

Media information and seating: All media representatives should check in with Karen Moon or Karen Stinneford of UNC-CH News Services upon arriving at the Smith Center.

Visual opportunities: From 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., media representatives are invited to view, photograph and/or film the one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia on display in the Smith Center. Items to be auctioned include the track shoes worn by Marion Jones when she won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the World Games and became “the world's fastest women,” and the necktie Dean Smith wore the night he tied Adolph Rupp's long-standing NCAA record for collegiate basketball wins.

From 6:30 p.m. on, media representatives must remain in the designated media area on the main floor; representatives are invited to dine in the adjoining Skipper Bowles Room at this time. At the request of attendees and event organizers, photographs and/or footage of attendees dining will not be permitted. Throughout the evening, organizers will encourage celebrities to visit the designated media area to allow representatives an opportunity to briefly interview them and get pictures or footage. Because of tight scheduling constraints, Michael Jordan will not be available for interviews.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available during Jordan's remarks. Call News Services if you have special audio needs.

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News Services print contact: Karen Stinneford, 218-2380 (cellular phone)

News Services broadcast contact: Karen Moon, 218-2467 (cellular phone)