The Sixers announced Sunday they have postponed their annual Youth Foundation Gala “out of an abundance of caution” over the risk of spreading coronavirus.
The Youth Foundation Gala was scheduled for Monday, March 9th, at 2300 Arena, but will now be rescheduled for a later date.
The Gala last year raised over $1 million for local youth in Philadelphia, Camden, and surrounding areas.
In a press released the Sixers stated:
During this period of increased focus on public health due to COVID-19, teams and players across professional sports have been advised by leagues and public health officials to exercise caution with high fives, handshakes, and other personal interactions to best protect the health and well-being of all.
As such, the decision to postpone was made to ensure we can preserve and deliver sometime in the future an intimate event where attendees can expect to interact with our athletes with photos, autographs and personal conversations.
The Sixers are continuing to raise funds and the silent auction will remain open through Wednesday. You can bid and learn more about the silent auction here.