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Nonprofits Lose Out in NBA Lockout

December 10, 1998

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Lost in the multimillion-dollar lockout that threatens to scrap the NBA season are the youngsters who grill burgers and hot dogs at Trail Blazer games, hoping to earn $300 a night for nonprofit groups.

Already, groups that count on that money to pay for scholarships, sports equipment and travel are feeling the financial pinch.

``We’re back selling candy bars, gift wrap and poinsettias, like most of the other groups in town,″ said Julane Jenison, chairwoman of the Portland Symphonic Girlschoir. ``We’re all hoping for a quick resolution.″

Through a program called ``Food for Funds,″ parents and boosters of mostly school-age groups earn thousands of dollars each month at concession stands where they get a percentage of the take.

Working concessions last year earned the Portland Junior Hawks youth hockey group about $74,000. The money is used to offset the nearly $1,000-a-player cost to outfit a youth hockey participant and the $250 an hour to rent ice.

``It’s one of the best fund-raising activities we’ve ever had,″ said Joe Hertig, the group’s president. ``It’s easy and predictable and also gives us a chance to publicize youth hockey.″

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