Sports Placement Service
CLAYTON KERSHAW’S 4TH ANNUAL PING PONG 4 PURPOSE CELEBRITY TOURNAMENT
TO HONOR DENNIS GILBERT;
EVENING AT DODGER STADIUM TO BENEFIT KERSHAW’S CHALLENGE
Clayton and Ellen Kershaw with daughter Cali
(Courtesy Kershaw family)
LOS ANGELES, CA (AUGUST 1, 2016) – Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw hosts the Fourth Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose celebrity ping pong tournament, Thursday, August 11 at Dodger Stadium. The event benefits Kershaw’s Challenge, launched by Clayton and his wife Ellen in 2011 to challenge and encourage people to utilize their individual passions and talents for the betterment of others. They currently partner with a host of local, national and international philanthropic organizations. The evening will honor Dennis Gilbert with the 2016 KERSHAW’S CHALLENGE IMPACT AWARD. Dennis is founder of The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, former super-agent, sole benefactor of the Dennis Gilbert baseball field in South Central, LA, current Chicago White Sox executive and a nationally recognized life insurance agent.
Will Ferrell co-hosts the jam-packed night highlighting a single elimination tournament featuring celebrity and VIP ping pong enthusiasts, including Honorary Chair, Susan Sarandon. Food, drink, live music by Half the Animal, a DJ, giveaways and a silent auction are also featured.
“Kershaw’s Challenge has always been about being a part of something bigger than yourself,” said Clayton Kershaw, “That’s why we love the opportunity to host an event like PingPong4Purpose–it invites people to join in the important work of making life better for children worldwide, specifically in LA and the Dominican Republic. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the enthusiasm and support of others. And it’s a great excuse to play ping pong for a great cause!” he continued. “This year we are proud to present the Kershaw’s Challenge Impact Award to Dennis Gilbert for his extraordinary commitment to helping vulnerable communities through sport and the game of baseball. This award is in celebration of the noteworthy efforts of Dennis, who shares our dream of improving the lives of those in need. August 11th is shaping up to be an incredible night. We could not be more excited to share this opportunity with others.”
An online auction, produced by Harlan Werner and Sports Placement Service and Art of the Game, benefitting Kershaw’s Challenge was launched July 28 at mlb.com/auctions. Among the one-of-a-kind items featured are: a vintage 1960’s microphone, signed by Vin Scully and framed in a shadow box; Mike Trout signed, game-used jersey; Corey Seager signed, game-used home jersey and a third base used during the 7th through 9th innings of Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter, signed and dated June 18, 2014.
The organization has also partnered with Crowdrise, offering fans a chance to win a spot in the tournament. Through August 6, every $10 donated also affords donors a chance to win the grand prize which includes a VIP Dodger dugout tour during the season. Go to www.crowdrise.com/kershawschallenge to enter.
Proceeds from all events will fund two of Kershaw’s Challenge’s marquee partners, Dream Center LA and CURE International. Working with Dream Center LA, Kershaw’s Challenge supports the Transitional Housing Program that brings homeless families off the streets and allows them to rebuild. The organization also supports the annual Back to School bash, donating back packs and school supplies to children of Dream Center LA. In the Dominican Republic, Kershaw’s Challenge works with CURE International to support a child focused hospital, providing surgeries for the underprivileged as well as contributing to capital improvements and new programs.
Southern California ACURA Dealers will serve as the presenting sponsor with additional sponsors and partners including Milky Agency; Find Your Grind; Spin and Stiga. Additional Sponsors and Partners include: Los Angeles Dodgers, Goldman Sachs, Security Benefits, Under Armour, Knowledge Society, Budweiser, Surfair, Los Angeles Magazine Time Warner Cable Sports, Papa John’s Pizza, Diageo, Classic Party Rentals, Art Of The Game, Excel Sports Management, Summer Steinfeld Jewelry, Lindsay Meyer Art, Sprinkles, Montage Beverly Hills, Unity Jets, SJM Industrial Radio, Sweet E’s, Hawaiian Springs and Time Machine.
ABOUT KERSHAW’S CHALLENGE
Ellen and Clayton Kershaw founded Kershaw’s Challenge in 2011 to challenge and encourage people to use whatever passion, purpose or talent they have been given to make an impact on the lives of others in need. The charity partners with organizations both locally and abroad who are on the front lines of change in the lives of vulnerable and at-risk children. In the United States, Kershaw’s Challenge seeks to foster strong connections in the Los Angeles and Dallas communities, working with beneficiaries who do transforming work in foster care, community development and family outreach and welfare. The work of the charity also reaches across seas to have impact abroad. Specifically, Kershaw’s Challenge works closely with an organization in Zambia supporting two children’s homes and community schools. In the Dominican Republic, the work of the charity covers pediatric surgeries and supports capital improvement campaigns in a local, non-profit hospital. www.kershawschallenge.com
Ticket packages begin at $5000; individual adult tickets, $3000; children 12 and under, $1000. To purchase and for further information, contact Regina Miller at Regina@kershawschallenge.com.
Katy Sweet & Associates
LOS ANGELES, CA— July 6, 2016—One of the greatest photographers of all-time, Howard Bingham, has entered into a long-term licensing agreement with renowned sports and marketing agent Harlan J. Werner to handle his photo collection featuring Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, the Black Panthers and Elvis Presley.
Bingham’s unbelievable talent and work has been seen world-wide in books, magazines, television and museums and art galleries as he has followed world leaders, the top musicians, Hollywood royalty, pop culture and one of the most recognized sports figures in the world in Muhammad Ali. Bingham was one of Ali’s best friends for over 50 years and followed the champion throughout his career and traveling with him world-wide.
“Howard has a very historic collection of photos numbering in the millions and this is the first time he has decided to license and offer his work to the public,” said Werner, who did a lot of work for Ali and currently represents Joe Namath, Sandy Koufax and many other superstar athletes. “I appreciate the trust that Howard and Dustin Bingham have put in me and Sports Placement Services to represent this historic collection of work. The collection and totality of the work is mind boggling. It is truly one of the few untapped photo collections in the world. We hope in the next year to be able to start sharing this incredible collection with the world.”
“Harlan’s love and dedication to the people he has worked with, including Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, Sandy Koufax, Joe Namath and Mike Tyson and his vision to protect my father’s work made it an easy choice for us,” said Dustin Bingham. “We look forward to working with Harlan and sharing my father’s incredible work with the world.”
Werner, who is a long-time sports memorabilia collector and dealer as well as co-owner of a national chain of retail movie memorabilia stores, is the founder of Sports Placement Service Inc., a sports licensing and marketing company that was established in 1985 to market and capitalize retired athletes. Werner has represented some of sports greatest athletes—Ali, Namath, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Koufax, John Riggins, Roy Campanella, Don Drysdale and Mike Tyson to name a few.
Werner is currently doing work for Koufax, Namath, Riggins, Fernando Valenzuela, Clayton Kershaw and Kershaw’s Challenge as well as the estate of Sonny Liston.
In addition to his personal knowledge of the memorabilia and autograph industry, Werner executive produced the movie “Tyson” and consulted on “One Night in Vegas” for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.
Thursday April 21, 2016 | Kershaw’s Challenge, the non-profit charity founded by Ellen and Clayton Kershaw, is excited to announce a partnership with Sports Placement Service, Inc., a sports memorabilia company owned by Harlan Werner of Los Angeles, California. Together, Kershaw’s Challenge and Art of the Game are seeking an exciting new way to draw attention to the philanthropic work of Clayton Kershaw, starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The two organizations are beginning a strategic alliance to create and distribute limited edition, hand signed collectibles including exclusively signed jerseys and limited canvases and art. The hope is to utilize Clayton’s autograph for the sole purpose of promoting and building Kershaw’s Challenge.
Ellen and Clayton Kershaw founded Kershaw’s Challenge with one goal in mind: to make life better for vulnerable children living in Dallas, Los Angeles, Zambia and the Dominican Republic. The charity focuses on funding four specific projects annually through organizations who are on the front lines of change in the lives of children. Using the platform professional baseball, Clayton “Strikes out to serve,” making a donation to Kershaw’s Challenge for every strikeout.
Harlan Werner has represented and worked for many great and iconic athletes for the past 30 years. Current and past clients include Sandy Koufax, Muhammad Ali and Joe Namath. Kershaw’s Challenge is grateful for the expertise that Werner offers this partnership and will give him the task of exclusively overseeing the collectibles category for Clayton’s career, excluding trading cards. The charity looks forward to including Werner in this new chapter of growth.
The signed items will be available for sale at selected online retailers, Art of the Game locations and the Kershaw’s Challenge website with proceeds benefiting the cause of the charity.
Starting on Monday, July 20th you can show your support for Ellen and Clayton Kershaw’s charity, KERSHAW’S CHALLENGE. SPORTS PLACEMENT SERVICE and ART OF THE GAME are honored to be assisting in the online auction with MLB.COM, as well as the silent auction at the PingPong4Purpose fundraising event taking place on July 30th, 2015.
Some of the great items you will find at the Kershaw’s Challenge online auction-
Sandy Koufax worn Jersey
Clayton Kershaw worn “42″ Civil Rights Jersey Signed by both Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax
Mike Trout Game-Worn Jersey
Artwork by Stephen Holland
The MLB auction runs from Monday, July 20th and closes on Monday, July 27th.
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