LADF: Jennifer Lopez to headline Sixth Annual Blue Diamond Gala | by Rowan Kavner | June 2022

(Photo by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Dodger players flocked to Dodger Stadium Thursday night, swapping their uniforms for more formal attire to support the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation at the sixth annual Blue Diamond Gala.

The event, hosted by LADF and presented by LADF President Mark Walter and the Dodgers ownership group, featured an exclusive concert by Jennifer Lopez and raised a record $3.6 million in support of LADF in its mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice in Los Angeles.

The gala took on special significance this year after the pandemic prevented the star-studded event from taking place the previous two years.

“It means a lot to us to be back here,” said LADF CEO Nichol Whiteman. “The last gala was in June 2019, and we had big plans for 2020. Tonight is a celebration of the collective work of so many different people.”

Dodger players, coaches, alumni, broadcasters as well as celebrities walked the blue carpet to start the evening. Many players and coaches brought their wives or significant others to the event and took the opportunity to spend an evening with teammates and loved ones for a good cause in the midst of a busy baseball season. .

“It’s important to recognize our community and our fans and all that is happening around this great stadium,” said Justin Turner. “There are so many needs and so many people who are touched by the Dodgers’ Foundation. We couldn’t be happier to be here to support them and all of their incredible initiatives. It’s such an extensive program, from reading to glasses to baseball diamonds to downtown, it’s truly amazing what they do.

The evening began with a pre-show party featuring a set by DJ D-Nice and an “Everyday Champions” program hosted by hosts Mario Lopez and Adrián González.

“Tonight we celebrate our ‘everyday champions,’ those we consider our heroes in Los Angeles — those people on the ground who didn’t return home when the pandemic hit, who didn’t have opportunity to take time off or get out of town and really showed up in their communities and ensured that people were fed, children continued to receive academic services, food was distributed and children continue to receive some sort of safe haven in one form or another,” Whiteman explained.

The sold-out gala, billed as “The Party for LA,” included a live auction for the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers championship rings. Fans can still enter a raffle online to win a “2022 All-Star Week Mega Package” at Dodgers.com/Win or participate in an online auction featuring player memorabilia, experiences and more at Dodgers.com/Auctions until 30 June.

The evening wrapped up after Jennifer Lopez’s show with food from In-N-Out, California Pizza Kitchen, Dunkin’, Melissa’s Produce and Milk Bar. All proceeds benefited LADF and the organization’s community programs and initiatives.

“They do so much for the community year after year, even in the offseason,” Cody Bellinger said. “It’s one of the best events they put on. It’s always been so fun and it’s nice to have fun with the team when there’s no game going on.

(Photos by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

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