Monday, September 14, 2009

APTF Gala Reception set for October 5

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The American Public Transportation Foundation will be holding its annual Gala Reception on Oct. 5, 2009, during the APTA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes.

sam-jones.jpgThis year’s Gala, “Celebrating Champions and Leadership,” honors APTF’s 2009 Scholarship Champions, “the future leadership and talent of our industry, our scholarship winners,” according to Director of Development Yvette E. Conley. “Join us for an evening of networking, food, and music, as we celebrate champions with remarkable achievements.”

APTF’s special guest will be former Boston Celtic Sam “Mr. Clutch” Jones (pictured), named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984, and a member of 10 NBA-champion Celtics teams.

The Gala runs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. The APTF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by the law. To purchase tickets in advance, visit APTF’s website at to purchase with a credit card, or send a check payable to APTF to APTF, Suite 1100, 1666 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006. Tickets may also be purchased on site at the APTA registration desk until 2:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5. For further information, contact Yvette Conley at 202-496-4868, email

The APTF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the professional development, training, education, and achievement of young professionals pursuing careers in public transportation. Proceeds benefit the APTF scholarship fund.

Sam Jones, now 76, was a first-round draft pick in 1957 and spent all of his twelve seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics. Known as a clutch scorer, the 6-foot, 4-inch point guard scored over 15,000 points in his career. He participated in five NBA All-Star Games, and is regarded as one of the best point guards of his generation. Jones was named to the All-NBA Second Team three straight years (1965–67), and played on ten NBA championship Celtics teams (1959-66 and 1968-69). He led Boston in scoring in the 1962-63 (19.7 points per game), 1964-65 (25.9 ppg), and 1965-66 (23.5 ppg) NBA seasons. He produced four consecutive seasons averaging 20 ppg or better (1965–68), and scored 2,909 points in 154 playoff games (18.9 ppg), 15th best in NBA history.

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