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Al Copeland Foundation Signs on as Title Sponsor of 2009 Chris Paul Basketball Camp
Date:3/30/2009

Introduces Limited Edition CP3 Wristband with 100% of Proceeds to Benefit the Al Copeland Foundation and the Chris Paul Basketball Camp

NEW ORLEANS, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- One year following the passing of legendary New Orleans restaurateur Al Copeland, the Al Copeland Foundation teamed up with the Pro Basketball Superstar Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets to host a special game night to pay tribute to his memory and raise awareness of Merkel Cell Carcinoma, the deadly disease that took Copeland's life. During halftime of the Hornets contest against the Denver Nuggets, the Al Copeland Foundation announced that it would continue as title sponsor of the Chris Paul Basketball Camp and also announced the introduction of a limited edition CP3 wristband with 100% of the proceeds to benefit charity.

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"I am extremely proud to align the Al Copeland Foundation with a great individual in Chris Paul and a fantastic organization in the New Orleans Hornets. Through our partnership with the Chris Paul Basketball Camp, we are able to help hundreds of kids realize their dream of attending a top-tier basketball camp while also raising funding and awareness to battle the disease that took my father's life," said Al Copeland Jr., CEO of Al Copeland Investments. "We are excited to team with Chris to introduce the limited edition CP3 wristband. Every dollar from the sale of the wristband will help support these two charities and we will reward donors further by entitling them to special offers and discounts every time they visit one of our restaurants from now through May 5."

Worn by Chris Paul during the Hornets game against the Denver Nuggets, the limited edition CP3 wristband ($3.00) is available online at www.alcopelandfoundation.org and is also being sold at Copeland's locations throughout New Orleans. All wearers of the wristband will be entitled to $5.00 off their meal every time they visit a Copeland's restaurant between March 25th and May 5.

The wristbands were debuted at the March 25th game against the Hornets, with proceeds on game night split with a third charity, The Shinn Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization committed to building a lasting legacy throughout the city of New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast Region.

Additionally, Copeland's announced donations of $15,000 to the Chris Paul Basketball Camp and the Al Copeland Foundation. As the official title sponsor of the Chris Paul Basketball Camp, Copeland's will help provide scholarships for children of the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana to attend the premiere camp.

Continued support of these foundations is possible by purchasing the recently launched Chris Paul CP3 dish at all Copeland's restaurants including Copeland's of New Orleans, Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro and Copeland's Social City. Introduced in the Fall of 2008, the CP3 dish is a chipotle chili marinated pork loin with chili mashed potatoes. All proceeds will benefit both the Chris Paul Basketball Camp and the Al Copeland Foundation.

About Al Copeland Investments (ACI)

Founded by legendary restaurateur Al Copeland, Al Copeland Investments (ACI) is one of the premium names in the hospitality industry owning a number of leading food, restaurant and entertainment enterprises. The ACI family of companies includes 30 restaurants, hotels and comedy clubs throughout the United States, including Copeland's Diversified Food and Seasonings, Copeland's of New Orleans, Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro, Copeland's Social City, Amor Fiory Steakhouse de Brazil Churrascaria and Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theater, among others. An icon in Southern cuisine and the founder of Popeye's Famous Fried Chicken & Biscuits Restaurants, Al Copeland's memory lives on through the Al Copeland Foundation which is dedicated to the eradication of Merkel Cell Carcinoma, the disease that took Copeland's life. For more information on ACI and the Al Copeland Foundation, visit www.alcopeland.com and www.alcopelandfoundation.org.


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