Warriors Asian Heritage Night Raises Over $3,000 for Hep B Awareness

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SF Hep B Free Executive Director Genevieve Jopanda, AsianWeek Foundation's Angela Pang and Susan Ma with the Subaru Hep B Mobile at Oracle Arena on Jan. 28.

SF Hep B Free Executive Director Genevieve Jopanda, AsianWeek Foundation’s Angela Pang and Susan Ma with the Subaru Hep B Mobile at Oracle Arena on Jan. 28.

San Francisco, CA (February 4, 2014) – The Golden State Warriors Asian Heritage Night on Jan. 28 raised over $3,000 for San Francisco Hep B Free and AsianWeek Foundation‘s hepatitis B awareness efforts

As an active partner in the SF Hep B Free Campaign since 2009, the Warriors have donated a portion of their annual Asian Heritage Night ticket proceeds to the AsianWeek Foundation’s hepatitis B awareness efforts, raising approximately $18,000. At each of these games, the Warriors have invited Hep B Free to have a presence at games with a table on the main concourse, providing the opportunity for many of their fans to learn more about this vaccine preventable disease.

“Every season we donate a portion of the proceeds from our annual Asian Heritage Night to the AsianWeek Foundation’s Hepatitis B efforts to aid the movement to make the Bay Area free of hepatitis B,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the AsianWeek Foundation to help raise awareness in the Bay Area.”

Warriors fans pose with the commemorative 2014 Asian Heritage Night t-shirts.  Photo by Michael Jeong.

Warriors fans pose with the commemorative 2014 Asian Heritage Night t-shirts.
Photo by Michael Jeong.

The Golden State Warriors commitment to eradicate Hepatitis B aligns with their goal of meeting the social, educational and cultural needs of local youth and their families within the Bay Area. The team’s mission is to strengthen and empower underserved communities by providing programs and activities that promote self-esteem, respect, integrity, teamwork and literacy.

This past September, the Golden State Warriors were recognized by SF Hep B Free as the first-ever Hep B Warriors recipient for their active fundraising and promotional support towards ending hepatitis B in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“We all can stop liver cancer caused by Hep B infection,” said Ted Fang, Executive Director of the AsianWeek Foundation and co-founder of SF Hep B Free. “It’s just a matter of knowing your status and taking prevention measures. The Golden State Warriors are Hep B Free Heroes for spreading the word to all their fans to end Hep B and liver cancer in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.”

For more photos from the game by Michael Jeong, visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.661063487289683.1073741843.128135897249114&type=3

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