Mutombo Hosting DC Party; Hamm’s Event Nears $200k; More Barrett-Jackson News

Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

NBA player Dikembe Mutombo is hosting a Presidential Inauguration party tonight in DC. Mutombo’s Party with a Purpose event is benefiting the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, which provides comprehensive and innovative public health services in Africa to address urgent medical needs and preventable diseases (Dikembe Mutombo Foundation).

Hamm’s Soccer Challenge:’s Rhett Bollinger covered the Mia Hamm/Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge on Saturday, and wrote that the event “raised nearly $200,000” for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation. The event also “encouraged the thousands of fans in attendance to register” for the National Marrow Donor Program Registry.

At halftime, “patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases were introduced for the first time to their bone marrow donors.”

Hamm: “The more we can spread the word, the better. We can’t do justice by just verbalizing, so stopping and registering can save a life. And we saw that today” (Rhett Bollinger,, 1/17). Read the entire article from

Auction Block: As previously reported on Progress Avenue, last weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction raised over $1 million for the Hendrick Marrow Program and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. In Phoenix, Cathy Luebke noted that the Darrell Gwynn Foundation “raised another $165,000 Sunday as … Tony Stewart’s 2007 Monte Carlo hit the block.” Meanwhile, Jack Roush’s 2008 Roush Mustang GT “brought in $100,000” for Speedway Children’s Charities.

Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis: “In today’s unique economic environment, these groups need extra support to continue changing lives” (Cathy Luebke, Phoenix Business Journal, 1/18). Read the entire article from Phoenix Business Journal