LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/12/2006 -- The Hollywood Knights Celebrity Basketball Team is making their international debut. The all-celebrity team consisting of today's hottest stars, will compete in a high-energy game to be held at kl. 19:00, Saturday, 22 April at Haukelands Hall in Bergen, one of the jewels of Norway's picturesque coast. The team will mix and mingle with fans and the Scandinavian elite at a special VIP Party at kl. 20:00, Thursday, 20 April at the Galleri Nygaten (www.gallerinygaten.no/.). The Hollywood Knights will play the Bergen Vikings to raise funds for two local non-profit organizations -- The Norwegian Cancer Society (www.Kreftforeningen.no) and The Society for the Preservation of Bergen Ancient Monuments (http://www.fortidsminneforeningen.no).
To date, The Hollywood Knights have raised more than $2 million, while bringing celebrities and fans together in an atmosphere of excitement and fun. The team is partnered with Dark Star Promotion on this, its international debut. Sponsors for the event include Radisson SAS Hotel Norge, BMW Norge, JAEGER, Steakers, and SOHO kitchen & lounge.
"For nearly thirty years, The Hollywood Knights have been helping organizations raise money, and now we are taking our vision to the next level," said CEO and Tour Producer Michael Mirisch. "Although it's not unusual for stars to lend their celebrity to worthwhile causes, it's a first for Bergen. This is truly an unprecedented event. We are excited to meet our fans in Scandinavia, play a mean game of basketball, and raise funds while having fun -- it's what The Hollywood Knights are all about."
Both the VIP Party on Thursday evening, 20 April, and the game on Saturday, 22 April are open to the public. The event is expected to sell out, and tickets can be purchased at www.darkstarpromotion.com. Celebrities scheduled to appear include: Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, Aaron Carter, Chris Kirkpatrick (N'SYNC), Joey Fatone (N'SYNC), TV stars Samuel Page ("Point Pleasant"), Matt Czuchry ("Gilmore Girls"), Amaury Nolasco and Rockmond Dunbar ("Prison Break"), Shane West ("E.R.), Paul Johansson ("One Tree Hill"), Wesley Jonathan ("What I Like About You"), David Faustino ("Married With Children"), and Nana Gbewonyo (Film - "Coach Carter").