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May 18, 2010 > Scout Breakfast honors local businessman and NBA star

Scout Breakfast honors local businessman and NBA star

By Fina Mora

Both a staunch defender on the basketball court and personal/corporate defender of financial resources will be honored for their contributions to the Boy Scouts of America at the seventh annual Friends of Scouting Community Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, May 20. "The Community Breakfast raises funds for the 2,300 kids involved in scouting in the Tri-City area," says Joe Barton, Mission Peak District Executive of Boy Scouts of America.

Managing Partner of Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co. LLP, Alan Olsen will be recognized as Businessman of the Year for his contributions to scouting. He will be joined by Keynote Speaker, National Basketball Association star and former player with the Utah Jazz, Mark Eaton. Former Rotary International President, Richard King, will host the event.

Olsen has served in the Bay Area Council where he is a cub master and chairs the annual "Friends of Scouting" fundraising campaign. Through his leadership, he raised one million dollars last year to support five districts and more than 300 packs, troops, teams, crews and at-risk youth in San Francisco and Alameda counties.

"I'm honored and humbled to receive this award," said Olsen. "I'm proud to support the Boy Scouts of America. I respect the values it instills in young men and young women. It benefited me greatly as a young man."

Alan grew to appreciate scouting through his father's influence while growing up in Helena, Montana. "My father is a great example and scouting and I will always be grateful that he helped me become involved," said Olsen. All three of his sons and seven of his grandsons are Eagle Scouts.

Eaton, 53, born and raised in Southern California, spent his youth as an Eagle Scout. He played two seasons of Division One college basketball at UCLA before spending 12 seasons in the NBA with the Utah Jazz.

While with the Jazz, Eaton was a dominant defender. In his rookie season, he blocked a franchise-high 275 shots in 81 games and followed that with 351 blocks in his second year with the club, breaking his own franchise record. In addition, in his third year, Eaton blocked 456 shots and was named to his first of three NBA All-Defensive Teams and earned NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Eaton won another NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 1989. Also in 1989, Eaton made his first all-star game appearance. When Eaton retired in 1994, he ranked second in league history with 3,064 blocks. His 3.5 blocks per game average still tops the NBA charts.

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States with over four million youth members in its age-related divisions. Since its founding in 1910 as part of the international Scout Movement, more than 110 million members have joined.

"It's very fulfilling to work with boys and see them grow, develop and gain self-confidence and leadership skills as they serve in the Boy Scouts of America troops," Olsen says of scouting.

Anyone interested in being a sponsor or attending the breakfast should contact Joe Barton, Mission Peak District Executive of Boy Scouts of America at (510) 577-9227 or at and .

This is a unique opportunity to honor an outstanding scouting and business personality of the community and personally visit with an NBA legend. A limited number of seats are still available.

Friends of Scouting Community Leadership Breakfast
Thursday, May 20
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Fremont Marriott
46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont
(510) 413-3700 (Marriott)
(510) 577-9227 (Joe Barton)

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