“Incredible, caring, and courageous” says actor, Jamie Foxx as he sums up the Harold and Carole Pump Foundation in three words.
On Friday, Aug.8, the 14th Annual Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala was held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California. The Harold and Carole Pump Foundation was established in 1999 by Harold’s sons Dana and David Pump, and wife, Carole. When Harold lost his fight with cancer, their sole purpose was to raise funds and to create awareness for the treatment and cure of cancer.
In the midst of raising awareness, every year the Harold and Carole Pump Foundation presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to a celebrity who has done an outstanding amount of philanthropy work. This year’s honorees are NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard and Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, the Los Angeles Dodgers longtime announcer.
Top name celebrities and athletes such as Laila Ali, Chris Tucker, Nicole Murphy, and Jamie Foxx, just to name a few, were in attendance to support the fight against cancer.
“Raising money for anything during this time is tough. When the economy dips, people tuck their purses, pocketbooks and wallets, but Dana and David have this special touch where they are able to bring the world together to have a good time and at the same time keep our minds on what is really going on,” said Foxx. “Cancer has taken so many lives, every little bit helps because, I can think of someone right now that has suffered from it. Any time you can get together at this time, and raise money in these times, I think it is courageous.”
Jamie Foxx was honored at the 13th Annual Harold and Carole Pump Foundation gala.
Sugar Ray Leonard described being honored as, “a wonderful feeling,” and “a humbling, special time.”
“My career was way back in the day, and to be acknowledge in a prestigious like matter all these years later is a wonderful thing.” said Leonard.
Leonard went on to reveal that he is the subject of an upcoming film called, “Hands of Stone,” in which singer Usher Raymond will be portraying him.
“Usher really surprised me with his dedication and with his ability to divorce Usher to become Sugar Ray Leonard. I was very, very impressed with what I have seen so far,” said Leonard.
“Hands of Stone” is set to be released in December of 2015.
Leonard said for the generation that does not know who he is, he wants them to know that he was a respectful, honest man that played fair, gave back and believed in the importance of education.
Former professional boxer Laila Ali considers herself as a big fan of Sugar Ray Leonard-not just as a fighter, but as a person.
“He has so much talent,” Ali said. “He is one of the greatest, ever. There will never be another like him,” she continued, “He is a great human being, a great fighter, a great husband, and a great father. He is just a great contributor to our society now and through this foundation. He has a lot of class and I love the guy.”
David Pump, son of the late Harold and Carole Pump, described the foundation as, passionate, caring and helpful. He and his brother work hard every year to continue the fight in finding a cure and treatment for cancer as well as carry on the legacy of his parents.