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John Byrd Participates in 10th Annual "Hoops for Hope" Charity Basketball Game
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reston, VA, September 17, 2008 — John Byrd, Government Affairs Manager for John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. (Reston, VA), participated in the 10th Annual "Hoops for Hope" charity basketball game played at the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center on the campus of George Washington University on September 15. The game benefited local Washington, D.C. charities, including the Hoops for Youth Foundation.

Byrd along with eleven other lobbyists sponsored by the American League of Lobbyists, a professional organization of government relations practitioners, faced staff to a number of members of Congress including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Rep. John Campbell (R-CA), Rep. Ron Kind

(D-WI), Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY). The second game of the night featured members of Congress against a second team of lobbyists. Special guests included John Thompson III, head men's basketball coach at Georgetown University and Karl Hobbs, head men's basketball coach at George Washington University.
The non-partisan event has raised more than $400,000 for D.C. charities since the inception.

Byrd has been with John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. since 2005. This was his second year participating in the event. Byrd represents MAPPS, the only association of private geospatial firms in the United States; the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES), a coalition of the nation's leading design professional associations and societies and America Moving Forward an association committed to seeking safe, practical solutions to our nation's infrastructure crisis.

John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in Reston, Virginia.  The firm provides professional association management, public affairs, conference planning, media and communications, consulting and government relations services. For further information about JMP&A visit www.jmpa.us, for information on MAPPS visit www.mapps.org and for information on COFPAES visit www.cofpaes.org.
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