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CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF SPORTS SPECTACULAR HONOREES INCLUDE TENNIS LEGEND PETE SAMPRAS, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST APOLO OHNO, AND NBA ALL-STAR CARMELO ANTHONY

THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS AND THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WILL ALSO BE HONORED

WHAT:           The 25th anniversary of Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacularbrings together the greatest names in sports and entertainment to join their peers in helping children suffering from genetic birth defects. The event hosts more than 1,800 prominent sports figures, entertainers and business, civic and community leaders to honor the country’s top sports stars while helping to combat genetic birth defects.

WHO:             Expected to attend this year’s Sports Spectacular are: Quinton Aaron, Arron Afflalo, Buzz Aldrin, Laz Alonso, Jamie Anderson, Nick Barnett, Rick Barry, Michael Beasley, Claire Bevilacqua, Traci Bingham, Stephen Bishop,  Jim Bowden, Brandy, Lance Briggs, Michael Buffer, Reggie Bush, Eric Byrnes, Brett Camerota, Calais Campbell, Luis Castillo, Todd Christensen, Darren Collison, Marques Colston, Tara Dakides, John Daly, Candice Davis, Malachi Davis, Tommy Davis, Austin Daye, Ray Edwards, Scott Elrod, Jeff Emig, Larry English, Ronnie Faisst, Corby Fisher, Bryon Friedman, Willie Gault,  Dashon Goldson, Ryan Gomes, Maurice Greene, Robert Griffith, Quentin Groves, Dane Gudauskas, Patrick Gudauskas, Tanner Gudauskas, Chris Hale, Zak Hale, Jessica Hardy, Ron Harper, Margaret Hoelzer, Robert Horry, Brody Hutzler, Michael Irvin, Desean Jackson, Eric Jackson, Nathan Jawai, Brandon Jennings,  Amir Johnson, Marques Johnson, Kara Lynn Joyce, Al Joyner, Jason Kapono, Terry Kennedy, Lane Kiffin, Bucky Lasek, Sugar Ray Leonard, Carl Lewis, Ray Lewis, Ted Ligety, Erick Lindgren, Kenny Lofton, James Loney, Kevin Love, Greg Lutzka, Jeanine Mason, Jerod Mayo, Bobby McCray, Tyrone McKenzie, Phil McNichol, Ann Meyers-Drysdale, Marissa Miller, Cuttino Mobley, Lance Moore, Johnnie Morton, Olivia Munn, Danny Musico, Chris Myers, Ryan Nece, Kassim Osgood, Master P, Gary Payton, Ticha Penicheiro, Donald Penn, Lauren Perkins, Speedy Peterson, Kenny Phillips, Antonio Pierce, Chester Pitts, Jeremy Piven, Ron Pitts, Brian Price, Anna Rawson, Ray J, Tara Reid, Kaylin Richardson, Mitch Richmond, Gavin Rossdale, Erik Schlopy, Karissa Shannon, Kristina Shannon, Darren Sharper, Mike Sherrard, Marvel Smith, Sinjin Smith, Rebecca Soni, Aaron Spears, Dane Spencer, Johnny Spillane, Darren Sproles, Mia St. John, Randy Stoklos, Dwight Stones, Dr. Travis Stork, Pat Studstill, Paul Sunderland,  Pierre Thomas, Ronny Turiaf, Kyle Turley, LeeAnn Tweeden, Jeremy Tyler, LaLa Vasquez, Stan Verrett, Cash Warren, Drew Waters, Earl Watson, Jerry West, Russell Westbrook, Brian J. White, Marcellus Wiley, Jamaal Wilkes, Luke Wilson, Dave Winfield, Jake Zamansky…(more to come)

Honorary Chairpersons and Hosts:  Snoop Dogg, John Salley, and Jim Hill. 

WHEN:          SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2010

                        4:00 – 5:00 pm     Media Check-in

                        5:00 – 6:30 pm     Red Carpet Arrivals

WHERE:        Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City

WHY:             The annual dinner event and silent auction has raised over $19 million to benefit the world-renowned Medical Genetics Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  The Institute’s focus is to provide expert consultation and leading-edge research to find new and improved methods of diagnosis, prevention and treatment for all types of genetic disorders, including mental retardation, dwarfism, deafness and malformation syndromes, as well as common diseases of adulthood, such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. 

For more information about Sports Spectacular please call 310.858.9217, or visit www.sportsspectacular.com.

RSVP:            Emily Snider                        310 346 4447       Emily@cmpr.net

Courtney Merfeld               310 426 9991       Courtney@cmpr.net


Photo Credit = “Comes The Tide” courtesy of Wesley Prints