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Joe Andruzzi to appear as honorary ringmaster at the Big Apple Circus Big Top Bash in Boston and Lawyer Milloy to hold charity basketball game.

New England Patriots offensive guard Joe Andruzzi will appear in Boston this weekend as the Honorary Ringmaster for the Big Apple Circus Big Top Bash to raise money for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman in 1988, is a nonprofit residential summer camp, an ingeniously designed and dazzlingly equipped Wild West hideout in northeastern Connecticut, where children with cancer or other serious blood diseases do not have to sit on the sidelines. Over 1,000 children from 7 to 15 years old come each year, free of charge, from across the United States and abroad.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides year-round activities for campers and other seriously ill children and their siblings at Camp and in their own communities. Camp sponsored programs provide health care professionals and social workers with support and training. Retreats are organized for the children's parents at resorts around the country offering respite, counseling, mutual support and positive activities, free of charge. Over 3,500 family members take part in the fall to spring programs.

What: 9th annual fundraiser for the Camp at a performance of the Big Apple Circus
Where: Fan Pier on Northern Avenue in Boston
When: Saturday, April 12, 2003 (4:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.)
Tickets: The event is sold out
For more information: Contact Julia Harris or Allan Wilson at 203.772.0522



On Saturday, April 12, at 2:15 p.m., the Boston Police Department will take one of New England's best "defense lawyers" to court when the BPD hoop team squares off against New England Patriots safety Lawyer Milloy's Celebrity Basketball Team. Milloy's team will include quarterbacks Tom Brady and Damon Huard, wide receiver Troy Brown, cornerbacks Ty Lay and Otis Smith, and safety Tebucky Jones. Other celebrities will include Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bullock, Chicago Bears safety Larry Whigham and New York Giants running back Dorsey Levens and cornerback Will Allen.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster

Proceeds will go to the Lawyer Milloy Foundation, which provides support of youth development programs, families affected by drug abuse and programs related to battered women. The Foundation will give funds to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and design individual programs to further its mission.

Over 2,000 tickets have been distributed to community groups and children's sports programs. There will be an autograph session followed by a celebrity three-point contest from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The game is scheduled to tip off at 3:40 p.m.

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