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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Golden State Warriors To Donate Proceeds From Their Annual Asian Heritage Night to San Francisco Hep B Free


Contact: Christine Hsu, media@sfhepbfree.org or
Angela Pang, apang@asianweek.com, (415) 321-5894

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, December 16, 2009 – Celebrate Asian Heritage with the Golden State Warriors as they take on Yi Jianlian and the New Jersey Nets on Friday January 22, 2010. A portion of each ticket purchase will be donated to San Francisco Hep B Free – a citywide effort to screen and vaccinate all Asian and Pacific Islanders for hepatitis B.

Asian themed cultural performances will take place prior to the game and during half time. Cultural exhibits will also be on display in the arena. Attendees who purchase the special Asian Heritage Night tickets will receive a free commemorative Asian Heritage Night T-shirt.

For the first time ever, the Warriors are hosting a design contest for the back of the event’s t-shirt. Designs will be accepted through December 29, 2009, with the winner being announced during the week of January 4. Submissions can be sent to specialevents@gs-warriors.com. For rules and further information visit: http://www.nba.com/warriors/tickets/asian_heritage_tshirt_contest.html

"I'm excited to have the Warriors on board in our fight against Hep B and encourage the entire community to come to the game!" said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco).

Hepatitis B causes up to 80 percent of all liver cancers, and disproportionately affects 1 in 10 Asian and Pacific Islanders. A safe and effective vaccine prevents infection and liver cancer caused by hepatitis B. The most important step towards eliminating hepatitis B disease is by being tested for infection in your doctor's office.

"We look forward to Asian Heritage Night at Oracle Arena and the excitement that is generated by this terrific event on an annual basis," said Warriors President Robert Rowell. "We've been fortunate to host similar events the previous four years and each one has been a resounding success from an entertainment standpoint. The unparalleled excitement of Warriors Basketball is unique and a great way to spend time together with family, friends and associates in a fun atmosphere. We’re thrilled that Asian Heritage Night has become a tradition and part of that electricity at Oracle Arena."

Community supporters for the event include Asian Americans for Community Outreach, Asian American Literary Review, Asian American Theater Company, Asian Firefighters Association, Asian Law Caucus, Asian Liver Center at Stanford, Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Asian Peace Officers Association, AsianWeek Foundation, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, California Dragon Boat Association, Cathay Post #384 Chinese American Veterans, Chinese Real Estate Association of America, Center for Lao Studies, Filipino American Arts Exposition, Hyphen Magazine, Indonesian Professionals Association, Laotian American National Alliance, Kearny Street Workshop, Nakayoshi Young Professionals, National Association of Asian American Professionals, Organization of Chinese Americans- San Francisco, Wells Fargo Asian Connection, Young Filipino Professionals Association, and ViveSF.com.

To Purchase tickets to the game visit:

Groups of 15+ can contact Troy Corti for additional savings and Scoreboard Recognition at 510-986-5408 or tacorti@gs-warriors.com


ABOUT Hepatitis B
Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) are disproportionately impacted by Hepatitis B. It is a disease of the liver caused by HBV, a virus often called a "silent killer" because it can cause liver cancer, cirrhosis or liver failure without producing symptoms. San Francisco has the highest liver cancer rate in the nation, and 80% of liver cancer in APIs is caused by HBV. But it's preventable with a simple vaccine.

ABOUT San Francisco Hep B Free

San Francisco Hep B Free is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between city government, private healthcare and community organizations. The program's goal is to make San Francisco a hepatitis B-free city by (1) creating public and healthcare provider awareness about the importance of testing & vaccinating APIs for hepatitis B; (2) promoting routine HBV screenings and vaccinations within the primary care medical community; and (3) facilitating access to treatment for chronically infected individuals. The campaign's theme is "B a Hero. See a doctor who tests for Hepatitis B."

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