June 17, 2007

All-Star Ballot Punch Party

With the All-Star voting ending June 24th, The Palace made one last push to send the five Shock starters to Washington D.C. They hosted a Punch Party on Friday and Saturday night after the pair of home games.

Cathy Wamsley and her mother Judy from Monroe didn’t want to miss the fun. After Friday night’s party they collected the ballots and stayed up until 3 a.m. finishing. “We came home (Friday night) around 11:30 and started punching ballots,” said Cathy.

“We didn’t realize they had a bundle in here, we were picking them up out there (on the concourse),” Judy said laughing.

They punched about 370 ballots that night.

They only recently started going to games last season, but that is when they got hooked and have been to every home game since. But when asked why they punched so many ballots, Cathy smiled replying, “We want the Shock to win.”

Around 200 fans showed up between both nights. After dropping off their ballots, fans were entered into a raffle to win signed Shock memorabilia such as jerseys, photos and basketballs. Shock players and coaches also made an appearance at the parties.

On Friday night, fans that punched 15 ballots got the chance to meet Deanna Nolan and Katie Smith for autographs. On Saturday night, fans that punched 100 ballots got the chance to meet Kara Braxton for autographs and questions and ask head coach Bill Laimbeer questions about the team and the rest of the season.

Braxton, who is currently #1 for centers in the Eastern Conference voting, expressed a thank you to all Detroit fans for the support in voting. Deanna Nolan and Katie Smith are also at the top for the guards, and Cheryl Ford and Swin Cash sit in 3rd place for forwards. Don’t forget to cast your votes at www.wnba.com before voting closes on the 24th.