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Dennis Rodman Gives Back and unveils Rodman Raffle

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Dennis Rodman Poses with the House he is Raffling Off

Dennis Rodman, arguably basketball's best defensive player in the modern era, has joined with the Mission of Saint Francis to raise money for their efforts to assist with helping people beat addiction and substance abuse.

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While most people are probably more familiar with Dennis' changing hair color and piercings, we learned a lot more about the athlete when he appeared on the Mike Huckabee show on December 7th. In the interview, it came out that:

- Mr. Rodman was completely homeless for two years from ages 18-20, living on the streets of Dallas and experienced extreme poverty throughout most of his youth. Additional research shows his father abandoned him when he was three years old and his mother often worked four jobs to support the family.

- He frequently goes around in areas where there are a lot of homeless and poor and hands out money to those who are hungry

- In the early 90's, Dennis created a scholarship in the name of a man who was killed by klansmen in Texas. he also anonymously paid for the man's funeral.

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Mr. Rodman and the Mission of St. Francis are raffling off a 6 bedroom waterfront estate in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Raffle tickets cost $30 and are available on the website

300,000 tickets will be sold and in addition to the grand prize of the house, other prizes are:

2nd Place - Dennis Rodman autographed jersey & personalized picture

3rd Place - Dennis Rodman autographed jersey

4th Place - Dennis Rodman autographed jersey

5th Place - Dennis Rodman autographed jersey

6th - 50th place - Dennis Rodman autographed picture

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Dennis became involved with the mission of St. Francis after completing rehab and living in a sober living house this past summer. The experience moved him to connect with the treatment community in Ft. Lauderdale to find ways to help out the community and those suffering from addictions.

The Mission of St. Francis has helped over 10,000 people by providing meals and a place to live for those attempting to beat substance addiction. The Mission of St. Francis does not take government money and depends on donations to help defray costs of treatment.


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