Tuesday, April 7, 2009

'Lunch with a Legend' is a success!

George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC sports, was the main speaker of 710 ESPN's 'Lunch with a Legend' series yesterday at Morton's the Steakhouse in downtown Los Angeles, a monthly event (through Fall) in which the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of L.A. is the title sponsor.

The event included a steak lunch, as 710 ESPN's Steve Mason and John Ireland hosted their radio show on-site with national ESPN host Colin Cowherd.

Many local business people and celebrities were in attendance, including Jeanie Buss, Executive Vice-President of Business Operations for the L.A. Lakers; Timothy Leiweke, President & CEO of AEG; Elgin Baylor, Hall of Fame Laker player; Mychal Thompson, former Laker and current team radio anaylist; Spero Dedes, Laker play-by-play announcer; and Fred Roggin, KNBC-TV 4 Sports Anchor.

Also in attendance were Neil Everett and Stan Verrett, the Los Angeles-based 'SportsCenter' anchors, who made their West Coast broadcast debut from LA Live last night.

Between a raffle, a camp appeal and donations, more than $2,000 was raised to help send local disadvantaged boys and girls to camp this summer (not to mention valuable networking). The Council and 710 ESPN Radio will partner for six more 'Lunch with a Legend' events. The next lunch will be held on May 15 at Morton's the Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. The legend? Elgin Baylor! More information to follow.

Photos (l-r): Council President Jim Weiss selects the winning tickets for the raffle items; Council Executive Director and Jim Weiss are joined by Fred Roggin, sports anchor of KNBC-TV 4; Council signage at the 'Lunch with a Legend' event; and Steve Mason (l) George Bodenheimer and John Ireland speak during the Mason and Ireland radio show.

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