Lakers Viewing Party at Culver City Senior Center

On Friday evening, Lakers employees joined 100 seniors at the Culver City Senior Center for dinner and Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Upon entering the dining/viewing area of the Senior Center, the patrons were greeted by Lakers staffers and given a “ONE AT A TIME” t-shirt and raffle ticket to be entered in to the halftime prize raffle.

Once fully inside the multipurpose room the patrons could see that purple and gold was everywhere, from table decorations to the Lakers 16th Larry O’Brien Trophy from 2010. Lucille’s BBQ was once again kind enough to supply a delicious meal for the viewing party and the seniors feasted upon barbequed chicken or pork, coleslaw, rolls and baked beans.

After dinner, the group gathered by the large projection screen to cheer on the Lakers as they played in their third game of the series. Before the game began Adrian Garcia Marquez and Francisco Pinto, the Los Angeles Lakers’ new Spanish commentators for Time Warner Cable, welcomed everyone to the Lakers Viewing Party. This was the first time that Marquez and Pinto had been out in the community with the Lakers organization and they were happy to cheer on the team that evening.

As the Lakers got off to a less than stellar start, Bill McDonald on KCAL gave the Culver City Senior Center a shout out on the air. The entire center immediately erupted with cheers. Everyone was so happy to have been recognized and that buzz carried on throughout the game.

During halftime, Lakers Community Relation Director, Jason McDevitt led the seniors in some light stretching to get them loosened up for the second half of the game. After the stretches, Adrian Garcia Marquez began the raffle which included autographed items from Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Steve Blake. Despite the outcome of the game, the seniors all had a great time reminiscing about the Lakers and watching them once again in a Playoff game.