OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant launches foundation with KD35 Ball

The Thunder's Kevin Durant launched the Kevin Durant Family Foundation with the KD35 Ball, an event that featured a dinner and an auction.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: March 31, 2012
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Wanda Pratt took her baby boy by the hand, clinched it tight with her other fist and commenced to running through how proud she was.

Kevin Durant just listened intently as his mother waxed poetic about her son's growing philanthropy.

“I'm so proud of him and so proud of his giving,” Pratt said. “He doesn't really like to give with all you all (media) around and knowing that he's giving. He likes to do it in private, which we support. But we just want the community to know that he thinks about them and he knows that he has a responsibility, and we do as a family, to give back.”

Durant stepped out of his comfort zone Saturday night to launch the Kevin Durant Family Foundation with the inaugural KD35 Ball, a dinner and auction at a ritzy downtown Oklahoma City hotel. The organization aims to support children, families and communities.

“Being so attached to the city here, I wanted to have something to give back,” Durant said.

And the amount of money raised from Saturday night, which was not known at press time, should be able to provide plenty.

Durant's auction included items such as a golf tour for a round for four at Gaillardia Country Club and various other courses, an all-expenses paid trip to see a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, a private screening of Durant's upcoming feature-length film “Thunderstruck” for two hundred guests at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's Noble Theater and, naturally, a Labradoodle puppy appropriately named, “KD.”

As if that wasn't enough, autographed jerseys from nearly the entire Thunder roster were on display for bidding, as well as those of other NBA stars such as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. Other memorabilia included autographed items from Barry Sanders, Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon and Sam Bradford.

The big money items were saved for last, during the live auction.

How does a steak dinner with Kendrick Perkins sound?

Scary? We thought so. But the “Perks with Perk” item was first up for grabs.

For the right price, you also could win a three-course dinner with Nick Collison or James Harden, with each course being served at three different restaurants. Or you could join Thabo Sefolosha or Serge Ibaka on a wine-tasting excursion, have Durant coach your child's Little League team for an hour, or round up seven of your best friends and race go-carts with the reigning two-time scoring champ.

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