May 25, 2013 |
UCLA football Coach Jim Mora invited me to play in his golf tournament. I suspect your reaction is about the same as the look on Dan Guerrero's face when I showed up Monday. Funny thing too, I got a lot of strange, menacing stares as I walked through a Riviera Country Club ballroom packed with UCLA honks gathered for charity. I just pulled my USC cap down a little tighter on my head and forged forward. For the YouTube crowd, Mora and I last clashed after UCLA's first loss to Stanford.
May 21, 2013 |
As residents in the Oklahoma City area grappled with the aftermath of the massive tornado that wiped out homes and businesses in its 20-mile path of destruction, killing at least 24 people, relief organizations solicited donations to help. By and large, the charities expressed a preference for donations of money rather than goods. Monica Diaz of the Red Cross in Los Angeles said donating money "allows us to get the items that are needed the quickest faster. " PHOTOS: Powerful tornado slams Oklahoma Donations to the Red Cross will be added to the organization's disaster relief fund, a pot used for disaster aid across the country, not just for the Oklahoma tornadoes.
May 10, 2013 |
“The Great Gatsby's” leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio, is using his current screen sway for environmental good -- again. Together with Christie's next week, DiCaprio will co-host “the most important environmental charity ever staged,” the auction house's Brett Gorvy said in a statement. The 11th Hour charity auction, to be held in New York Monday evening, will benefit environmental and wildlife conservation efforts supported by the now 15-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
May 8, 2013 |
When the upcoming comedy "The Hangover Part III" wrapped production in January, Warner Bros. was left with tons of used plywood, joists, furniture, faux brick and other materials from the film set. But instead of hauling the leftovers to the landfill, the studio donated the items - enough to fill 10 truckloads - to the charitable organization Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, to be sold in Habitat's stores in Gardena and Norwalk....
May 4, 2013
Mark Tercek had some horribly awkward moments after he left Goldman Sachs to run a U.S. environmental charity, the Nature Conservancy. At one of his first big staff meetings, he committed a total eco no-no by drinking from a plastic water bottle. When he got to work the next day, his new colleagues had left him a batch of reusable Klean Kanteen bottles. At about the same time, he went to a big event packed with luminaries in the environmental field and found himself face to face with Russell Train, founding director of the World Wildlife Fund in the U.S. "Who are you?"
April 26, 2013 |
Miriam Tucker took a $5,000 sip of champagne at a fundraising luncheon in Tampa , Fla., the other day. The 80-year-old immediately knew she had swallowed something. She found out later that the bit of roughage was a 1-carat diamond, the grand prize in the charity event. The fundraiser is an annual event hosted by the Florida Women's Club, and leaders try to step up the stakes every year, club President Kathleen Hudson told the Los Angeles Times. This year, instead of raffling tickets for a prize, they poured 400 flutes of champagne.
April 25, 2013 |
If only Apple's stock were rising as fast as that of CEO Tim Cook. On Wednesday, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights announced it was auctioning off the chance to have coffee with Cook as part of a fundraiser that included a number of other celebrities. The bidding for face time with Cook was valued at $50,000, but by late Wednesday night he had received 48 bids, with the highest at $160,000. PHOTOS: The...
April 19, 2013 |
Wanda Sykes has one goal for the weekend: Don't catch on fire. The comedian and actress is one of 21 people participating in this weekend's Toyota Pro/Celebrity race at the Long Beach Grand Prix. The actress joined her fellow drivers Friday morning in Long Beach for a final practice session on the course before the afternoon's qualifying race. The final is 11:40 a.m. Saturday. Photos: Behind the scenes at the 2013 Long Beach Grand Prix Sykes said that although she'd like to do well in Saturday's race, it's not her main concern.
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April 17, 2013 |
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca demoted three top supervisors this week in connection with an alleged cheating scam during a regional law enforcement relay race last year, officials said. The allegations arose from the "Baker to Vegas" event - a foot race for charity that draws police agencies from several states. After that race, the event's organizers received word that one of the contest's faster participants was not a law enforcement employee. It turned out that the team representing the sheriff's Transit Services Bureau allowed someone not listed on their roster to jump in and run a leg, officials said.
April 15, 2013 |
Chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal and Son of a Gun may be teaming up with Ludo Lefebvre for the new Trois Mec, but the pair are inviting another chef into their kitchen tonight. James Beard award winner Nate Appleman (formerly at A16, SPQR in the Bay Area) will cook a charity dinner Monday evening at Animal. The Food Network "Chopped All-Stars" champion and "Next Iron Chef" contender will collaborate on an eight-course menu priced at $135 per person. Wine pairings are available for an additional cost. Jonathan Gold quiz: Flowers A portion of the proceeds will go to The Kawasaki Foundation . Appleman's son was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease in 2009.