Dodgers make model guests

Los Angeles Times - - PARTIES - By Ellen Olivier Ellen Olivier is founder of So­ci­ety News LA. im­age@la­times.com

The event: Earvin “Magic” John­son kicked off Thurs­day’s In­au­gu­ral Blue Di­a­mond Gala by thank­ing the Los An­ge­les Dodgers for turn­ing up at Dodger Sta­dium on their day off. “There are not that many days off, so we re­ally want to give them a round of ap­plause for com­ing out tonight,” John­son said, ad­dress­ing guests at the VIP cock­tail re­cep­tion.

More than just mak­ing an ap­pear­ance, the play­ers, their wives and girl­friends got drafted into ser­vice as mod­els in the night’s high­light: a fash­ion show of Ted Baker Lon­don’s spring-sum­mer col­lec­tion. The event ben­e­fited the Los An­ge­les Dodgers Foun­da­tion, which sup­ports ed­u­ca­tion, lit­er­acy, sports, recre­ation, health and well­ness pro­grams for chil­dren and fam­i­lies in need.

The scene: “There are enough Dodger play­ers and alumni here with us tonight that we could hon­estly play a game if you guys wanted to,” said co-host Alanna Rizzo as guests set­tled down to din­ner at ta­bles on the field. A si­lent auc­tion of­fered sports me­mora­bilia, and record­ing star Aloe Blacc per­formed. The crowd: Base­ball leg­ends Tommy La­sorda and Don New­combe, and beloved broad­cast­ers Vin Scully and Jaime Jar­rín, joined other prom­i­nent fig­ures, in­clud­ing John­son and fel­low Dodgers coown­ers Mark Wal­ter and Stan Kas­ten; for­mer owner Peter O’Mal­ley; coaches Rick Hon­ey­cutt, Lorenzo Bundy, Tim Wal­lach and Manager Don Mat­tingly.

Among player-mod­els were Brett An­der­son, Bran­don McCarthy, Bran­don Beachy, Juan Ni­ca­sio, Joel Per­alta, J.P. How­ell, Paco Ro­driguez, Pe­dro Baez, Yimi Garcia, Chris Hatcher, Hyun-Jin Ryu, An­dre Ethier, Joc Ped­er­son, Yas­mani Gran­dal, A.J. El­lis, Scott Van Slyke, Jimmy Rollins, Yasiel Puig, Zack Greinke, Clay­ton Ker­shaw, Juan Uribe, Alex Guer­rero, Howie Ken­drick, Adrian Gon­za­lez and Justin Turner.

The fash­ion show: All the play­ers took to their roles with ease, step­ping atop plat­forms to pose, wav­ing to guests at nearby ta­bles and oc­ca­sion­ally stop­ping to snap a selfie. The cer­e­monies: Stephan James of “Selma” in­tro­duced Chad­wick Bose­man of “42,” who in turn pre­sented an award to Rachel Robin­son, Jackie Robin­son’s widow and founder of the Jackie Robin­son Foun­da­tion. Hon­ors also went to Anita DeFrantz, pres­i­dent of the LA84 Foun­da­tion, which funds youth sports, and Megan Ch­ernin, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Los An­ge­les Fund for Public Ed­u­ca­tion.

The num­bers: An es­ti­mated 700 guests at­tended the gala, with tick­ets be­gin­ning at $1,000 each. Pro­ceeds were be­ing tal­lied at press time.

Pho­tos: Los An­ge­les Dodgers via Sh­naap.com

PLAY­ERS Yasiel Puig, left, and Adrian Gon­za­lez.

MAGIC JOHN­SON, left, Rachel Robin­son and ac­tor Chad­wick Bose­man.

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