On Monday, March 22, the Los Angeles Lakers held their 20th Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational and Dinner presented by LAcarGUY at the Riviera Country Club. With strong support from corporate sponsors, the team raised over $175,000 for the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation.

Approximately 140 Golfers enjoyed a sunny Southern California afternoon at the world renowned Riviera Country Club, which was in terrific condition as it recently hosted the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open in February. Sponsors had the opportunity to play golf alongside Lakers Legends Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, James Worthy and Mitch Kupchak.

After golf, Phil Jackson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the entire Lakers team attended the cocktail reception and awards dinner. Lakers players Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol joined host Joel Meyers in addressing the audience and answering questions.

Much of the $175,000 was raised during the live auction, which featured: Lakers floor seats and trips to Europe and Hawaii, and the silent auction, which featured: memorabilia jewelry and vacation packages.

“This year we were able to raise more money for the Foundation than in any of our past nineteen golf tournaments,” said Janie Drexel, Director of Charitable Services. “Especially in such a difficult economic time, we are pleased and thankful for the support of our corporate sponsors, who enjoyed interacting with the Lakers players and legends throughout the event.”

The Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation’s goal is to assist nonprofit community organizations based on need. With the Foundation’s focus on the use of sports to promote education, teamwork and self-esteem among Los Angeles area youth, the fundraising directly supports these initiatives by providing financial assistance to children and local youth programs.
Mike Sullivan and LAcarGUY have sponsored the Laker Youth Foundation event for the last three years and plan to continue this new, exciting tradition. Mike is not only a huge Laker basketball fan for many years, but continues to support underprivileged youth throughout the Los Angeles.