Chris Webber’s Bada Bling for Charity
The 2nd annual Bada Bling weekend for charity hosted by the Chris Webber Foundation in Las Vegas happened to be one of the most incredible weekends fit for royalty. From the cream 2008 Escalades that chauffeurred everyone in attendance to and from the airport, to the weekend’s swank highlight, The Soiree’, hosted by funny man Charlie Murphy, everything was top notch and white carpet tight. The weekend kicked off Friday evening with a charity poker tournament that included everyone from Rip Hamilton of the Detroit Pistons to last year’s winner Miss California, Tamiko Nash. Hip Hop poet Nas, comics Charlie Murphy and Marc Curry, boxer Zab Judah, model/actress Claudia Jordan and a bevy of athletes and entertainers rounded out those who chose to spectate and mingle with their celebrity peers. The night concluded with a sick welcoming party at club OPM. Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick the Ruler performed their all time classics with old school tracks spun by Biz Markie.
A celebrity golf outing started the second day of events. I can only imagine what affect the sweltering Vegas heat had on everyone’s golf swing. Lastly, the weekend concluded with The Soiree’. Charlie Murphy had everyone rolling with his straight forward routine and fellow comedian Marc Curry helped out with the auction which included everything from a dinner with Webber at his home in Atlanta or Detroit, to a 2008 All Star Game VIP package in New Orleans. Howard Hewit of Shalamar fame, Raphael Sadiqq, Lil’ Mo, Nas and the Isley Brothers all did their thing on stage. The night ended on a high note with Biz once again mixing the hottest tracks at the after party right next door. If you ever go to Vegas, Caesar’s does it right. Since every thing was happening in the hotel, I never had to leave. Great event and it was crazy having to come back to reality.
Olympic Gold Medalist, Jackie Joyner-Kersey:
MT: Jackie, what brings you here today?
JJK: Chris Webber. I’ve always admired him and the work he does with young people. I can relate because I do some of the same stuff in my hometown of East St. Louis. I know what it means to give back. It’s good to let the young people know and the community that someone out there cares. Chris doing this and bringing in all his fans is great.
MT: Being arguably the best female athlete of all time, what advice would you give to young women especially with the recent passing of the 35th anniversary of Title IX?
JJK: I would say that we should continue to work together and don’t be deterred. The obstacles are there before us. We really have to focus on what we can control and make sure we move ahead strongly and bring our fellow women along with us.
MT: What are you doing for yourself right now?
JJK: I do a lot of motivational talk. I have a center in East St. Louis. I also help my husband with some athletes that should be world champions this year as well as Olympic gold medalists.
Michigan State alum and NBA veteran, Mateen Cleaves:
MT: We spoke last year. I see you are back supporting that your boy from Michigan.
MC: Yeah, you gotta do it man. He’s bent over backwards to help so many people. Whatever he does, you have to make sure you drop everything and get there. Plus it’s for his foundation for the kids so that puts something extra on it.
MT: How’s the NBA trip?
MC: It’s been crazy! It’s a rollercoaster. You have your ups you have your downs. I wouldn’t change anything. I’m still at it.
Former boxing champion, Zab Judah:
MT: What brings you here besides the BHop/ Winky Wright fight Zab?
ZJ: I’m here for Chris. He’s a great dude. If I had to give a humanitarian award, I have to give it to him. He does a lot for kids. Good friend and a good brotha.
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