News Release
News Release
News Release
News Release
May 26, 2005
Dennis Wharton

Washington Sports & Entertainment Chairman Abe Pollin to Address Service to America Luncheon

WASHINGTON, DC - The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) announced today that Washington Sports & Entertainment Chairman Abe Pollin will deliver the keynote luncheon address at the seventh annual Service to America Summit in Washington, DC, June 13, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The summit honors the community service of local broadcasters and other humanitarians. Pollin will speak about "Community Service Partnerships with Local Radio and Television Stations."

Pollin entered his 40th year of National Basketball Association ownership in 2004-05 as the longest tenured owner in the NBA. As majority owner of Washington Sports & Entertainment, he oversees the operations of the Washington Wizards, Ticketmaster Washington/Baltimore and the management of MCI Center and the George Mason University Patriot Center. Thirty-two years ago, Pollin opened the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, the new home for his Baltimore Bullets. In December 1997, Pollin opened the MCI Center, where a sellout crowd watched the Wizards host the arena's first event. Since that time, millions have spun the turnstiles at MCI Center, and the downtown area has sprung to life.

Pollin is known as much for his community service as for his business acumen. His philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors include many public service and community organizations to which he devotes enormous time, energy and financial resources. Among other concerns, he is Chairman of the Salvation Army's Leadership Committee for Centers of Hope and Co-Chair of the Community Capital Campaign for N Street Village in the District. He is also the co-sponsor of the "I Have a Dream Foundation" and has personally guaranteed a college education for 55 students.

The Service to America Summit is sponsored by the NABEF and Bonneville International Corporation.

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy, and other timely broadcasting issues.

The National Association of Broadcasters is a full-service trade association that promotes and protects free, over-the-air local radio and television stations' interests in Washington and around the world. NAB is the broadcaster's voice before Congress, federal agencies and the courts. NAB also serves a growing number of associate and international broadcaster members. Information about NAB can be found at