Sports team owner and philanthropist Abe Pollin, who died last month, will be honored Tuesday at the Verizon Center with a memorial and a toy drive.
The memorial, "Remembering Abe," starts at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 and is free and open to the public. Featured speakers include D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and NBA Hall of Famers Wes Unseld and Earl Monroe.
New, unwrapped toys can be brought to the arena's F Street entrance from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The son of a Russian metal worker, Pollin is remembered as "the man who brought the NBA and the NHL to the nation's capital in the '70s" and helped revitalize the city's downtown.
Published at 3:49 PM EST on Dec 6, 2009 | Updated at 4:00 PM EST on Dec 6, 2009