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RAPTORS DISBAND MEMBERS OF THEIR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

          Of the six board members on the Raptors Foundation,
     "three have been told their volunteer services no longer
     will be required," according to Harris & Zicarelli of the
     TORONTO SUN.  Board Chair Ralph Lean, Basketball Canada exec
     Sid Greenberg and Sylvia Sweeney were all asked to resign.
     The Raptors Foundation reached the $5M mark in funds raised
     last fall and on Saturday raised more than $300,000 at its
     annual season wrapup dinner.  Harris & Zicarelli report that
     the Maple Leafs do not have a similar foundation, "so it's
     not known if they are going to place their own people on
     Raptors Foundation board or if even bigger changes are in
     store" (TORONTO SUN, 3/30).  Sweeney: "I'm not really
     disappointed or surprised by the move, more in the way it
     was done.  To be asked to resign without so much as a thank
     you was rather gauche" (TOR. STAR, 3/31).  Maple Leafs Dir
     Brian Bellmore: "This is not a firing, it's a new ownership
     putting a new face on the company" (TORONTO SUN, 3/31).

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