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News Release

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Media Relations

5th Annual LAPD-Celebrity Swing-A-Thon

When:
Saturday, August 27, 2005
10:00 a.m. Event Begins
12:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony and Celebrity Introductions
1:00  p.m. Charity Baseball Game and Home Run Derby

Where:
El Cariso County Park
13100 Hubbard Street, Sylmar

Who:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,
Senator Richard Alarcon,
Council President Alex Padilla,
Councilman Dennis Zine and Tony Cardenas,
Police Commissioner Alan Skobin,
Deputy Chief Michel Moore, and
Captain Kirk Albanese

LA Dodgers: Manny Mota, Jon Debus, Yhency Brazoban, Ordalis Perez, Antonio Perez, Rudy Law, Raider Rod Martin, and USC Heisman Trophy winner Charles White

Grammy Award winning singer from the group "All For One" Jaime Jones, Ricardo Chavira, Eddie Velez, James lesure, Jacob Vargas, Vincent Laresca, Yancy Arias, Eric "Ty" Hodges II, Eric Aude, Meagan Good, and David "Shark" Fralick

Why:
On Saturday, August 27, 2005, the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Baseball Team will host the 5th Annual LAPD-Celebrity Baseball Swing-A-Thon. This one of a kind baseball festival and fundraiser is open to the public and will bring together police officers, elected officials, celebrities, children and families to promote positive life choices, good health and physical fitness through America’s favorite past time, baseball.

The Swing-A-Thon will feature a charity baseball game and home run derby between LAPD Officers and celebrities; public safety officers with their tactical equipment and emergency response vehicles; free digital fingerprinting, health care screening, interactive games, community booths, music, giveaways and more.  Baseball legend Manny Mota and a host of Dodger players will teach a baseball clinic and former football greats Rod Martin and Charles White will give pointers on the game of football. 

In addition, the money raised during this event will provide hundreds of underprivileged children and their families Thanksgiving dinner, toys and gifts for the upcoming holidays season.
 
For additional information regarding the 5th Annual LAPD-Celebrity Swing-A-Thon, or a list of participating celebrities, please contact Police Officer Mike Scott, Event Coordinator, at 661-246-9645, or e-mail at scottsoldier@aol.com.