LOS ANGELES-Charity begins a home for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It also represents a way of giving. Through the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the team has dropped over $18 million into local communities by combining recreation with sports, literacy and educational programs.
The ultimate goal of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is to “build 50 baseball fields in underserved communities and neglected neighborhoods. One way the foundation is trying to obtain that goal is holding high-octane events such as the 3rd Annual Blue Diamond Gala, which was held June 8 at Dodger Stadium.
The fundraising event featured a concert by Earth, Wind & Fire and Maroon 5, with celebrities like Prince Jackson, actresses Heather Morris (Glee), Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Loretta Devine (The Carmichael Show), actors Haley Joel Osment (Alpha House, Entourage, Holding Patterns), Alfonso Ribeiro (Dancing With the Stars), and former Dodger greats Ron Cey and Steve Garvey in attendance.
Current Dodgers, including pitching ace Clayton Kershaw and slugger Yasiel Puig, along with their wives or companions, made the trek to the benefit concert after walking down the aisle of the blue carpet.
Blue Diamond Gala
“For more than two decades, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has worked to drive positive change throughout Southern California,” said Mark Walter, Dodger owner and chairman of the LADF Board. “The funds we raise from our third annual Blue Diamond Gala will advance our mission of building healthy communities and supporting the academic success of children in need across the region.”
The evening was filled with Dodger blue fever. Former stars Orel Hershiser, Rick Honeycutt, manager Dave Roberts and pinch-hit master Manny Mota were on hand to enjoy the festivities as well as media personalities Larry King and Mario Lopez and several members of the Los Angeles Chargers.