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)
Los Angeles natives Baron Davis and Paul Pierce hosted their annual LA Stars Celebrity All-Star Charity Weekend from August 3-5. The celebrity-infused sports and fashion weekend benefited LA Stars, a charitable event group comprised of Team Play/The Baron Davis Foundation and Paul Pierce’s Truth Foundation.

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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Following “The Legacy Project,” professional athletes and celebrities joined together for the LA Stars “Rodeo Drive Experience,” presented by Balance Vector and Truth Productions, which included a casino-style evening of games and a special musical performance by Angie Stone and Stevie Wonder, all under the stars on the famed Rodeo Drive. The evening’s charity auction highlight featured Davis and Pierce’s generous bids of $50,000 each for the purchase of America’s first-ever personal life-size wax figure created by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Davis and Pierce graciously donated this exclusive gift as a tribute to NBA legend Magic Johnson, who inspired the LA Stars program, and who will now be the first person in the U.S. to have a personally commissioned wax figure, a symbol of his success and a lasting legacy for generations to come.

LA Stars is a charitable event group operated by NBA All-Stars Paul Pierce and Baron Davis and is solely focused on raising funds to improve the lifestyles, communities and opportunities for the Los Angeles-based youth and their families. It is the goal of LA Stars to rebuild, preserve and provide programs and resources to at-risk youth in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. For more on LA Stars, click here.
On Sunday, August 5th, Davis and Pierce’s LA Stars inaugural “Carnival for the Community” with support from Zero Two Hero featured Driving America Healthy and Hood Games, an urban extreme sport competition. Professional athletes and celebrities participated in ‘carnival-style’ elements from the Golden State Warriors and interactive exhibitions including the Adidas Mobile Truck, karate by McDuffy’s Kajukenbo and food demonstrations to showcase unique and innovative ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. Nickelodeon’s Star Camp host Nick Cannon and the Giggle Club performed on the main stage in addition to other live entertainment throughout the day.

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.

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