August 7, 2007
Several celebrities lent Baron Davis a helping hand during the LA Stars charity weekend. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY (photo: Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty)
The weekend kicked off with a private reception hosted by FENDI in the Forbes Life Penthouse at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where a hand-picked selection of luxury items were available for purchase. Celebrities and guests were treated to cocktails, cigars, appetizers and entertainment including a poker clinic by World Poker Tour champion Phil Gordon.
On Saturday, August 4, LA Stars initiated “The Legacy Project” at Richardson Park, a renovation project with support from Planktos and Home Depot, in which celebrities and sponsors had the opportunity to work together to launch a new community program for deserving youth. Neighborhood clean-up and tree planting were among the many activities that resulted in a positive influence on the city of Los Angeles. Mayor Villaraigosa, Council Member Bernard Parks, and Sophia Piña Cortez participated in the ribbon cutting with the Warriors’ Davis, Boston’s Pierce, Wilson Chandler of the New York Knicks, Arron Afflalo of the Detroit Pistons, Gabe Pruitt of the Boston Celtics and Gilbert Arenas, Sr.
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Also on Sunday, the highly anticipated 2nd Annual LA Stars Celebrity and NBA All-Star Basketball Games presented by Xenergy and ORACLE challenged Hollywood celebrities and the NBA’s elite to compete on the court at USC’s new Galen Center for two high-energy games. In the NBA Entertainment League Game, Pierce’s celebrity team beat out Davis’ celebrity squad, 85-75. In the LA Stars NBA All-Star Game, the LA Stars team took the spoils over the NBA Stars team, winning 140-130. A custom-made crystal trophy from Tiffany & Co. was given to LA Stars, the winning NBA team.