Thursday night’s Harold Pump Foundation gala at the Century Plaza Hotel opened with Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” repeating on loop, which was only fitting since the night was a good one: Guests raised well over $200,000 for cancer treatment. The night’s honorees included Muhammad Ali, Denzel Washington and Hank Aaron.
Host Greg Anthony joked that records were easier in Aaron’s day when baseball was still segregated: “Americans on steroids were not yet allowed.”
Cedric the Entertainer, who introduced Washington along with Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg and Morgan Freeman, said of the honoree’s attractive qualities, “Dude’s got one of the coolest walks of all time.” Foxx demonstrated his best Washington walk across the stage as Cedric added, “Only President Obama can do it better.”
The benefit ended with a live auction. A private dinner with Washington went for $25,000, and a golf game with George Lopez and Oscar De La Hoya brought $40,000.
Anthony revealed that “Snoop was kind enough to donate (an item for auction) … except it was confiscated by the DEA.” –
— Michael Sullivan