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We are so happy to welcome back Fox 5 Sports Anchor Duke Castiglione and NBA legend Darryl Dawkins, who will participate in our opening ceremony.
Fox 5 Sports Anchor Duke Castiglione
Duke Castiglione joined Fox 5 in June 2007 as sports anchor. He also hosts "Sports Extra" on Sundays at 10:30 pm. Castiglione covered the New York Giants' remarkable run to and subsequent win of Super Bowl 42, including serving as host for Fox 5's post-game show live from the field. Throughout his career, Castiglione has landed a number of key breaking news interviews, including the first one-on-one with Johnny Damon when he joined the New York Yankees. Previously, Castiglione spent three years as the morning sports anchor and reporter for New York's WCBS-TV. He is a recipient of the Associated Press award for "Best Sports Show" and two Black Journalist Awards for his interviews with Lawrence Taylor and Bernard King. Learn more about Castiglione.
NBA Legend Darryl Dawkins
Basketball player Darryl Dawkins is most noted for his days with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. He was nicknamed "Chocolate Thunder" for his powerful dunks, which notably led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to Dawkins shattering the backboard on two occasions in 1979. Dawkins averaged double figures in scoring nine times in his 14 years in the NBA, often ranking among the league leaders in field-goal percentage. He also played in the NBA Finals three times as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Learn more about Dawkins.
WNBA Legend Tamecka Dixon
A 1997 graduate of Kansas University, Tamecka Dixon was recognized as a Kodak All-American and a Big 12 Player of the Year. Dixon was selected 14th overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 1997 WNBA Draft. In 2006 she signed with the Houston Comets, and then joined the Indiana Fever in 2009 before announcing retirement at the end of the season. She went on to become a two-time WNBA Champion (2001, 2001) and three-time WNBA All-Star (2001, 2002 and 2003). Dixon was also a member of the gold-medal-winning 2002 USA Basketball World Championship team. Learn more about Tamecka.
Last year's top fundraising team, Avenue Capital Group set new records with just over $100,000 raised by 106 climbers, an extraordinary achievement.
On the Avenue team, Suzanne Chimento was the top individual fundraiser, with an amazing $23,700 raised.
Avenue has been a strong supporter of Story by Story since its inception, serving as a sponsor in 2010 and 2011 and, in July of last year, Avenue's President, Sonia Gardner, hosted a breakfast on our behalf to encourage other firms to participate.
We are so very grateful to Avenue, Suzanne and Sonia for their stalwart commitment to Her Justice and to the cause of ending domestic violence.
Fastest times for each of our 2012 climbing routes: