About 60 celebrity golfers teed off at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s 5th annual Los Angeles Golf Classic. Last Man Standing comedy star Tim Allen and his former Home Improvement co-star Richard Karn happily co-hosted the “Actors Fore Actors” event at an exclusive golf club in Burbank. It was a day of fun to help a good cause, with the Golf Classic benefiting emergency assistance programs for SAG-AFTRA performers and their families.
Joe Mantegna, from the long-running CBS drama Criminal Minds, was anxious to get on the course on such a beautiful day. “I play a lot of charity golf tournaments when I can. If I’m available it’s a no-brainer, why not? It’s a blessing to be able to help, especially for the SAG Foundation. It’s helping our own, and charity starts at home. We’re here to help those who are struggling, as well as help all the other SAG programs, like children’s literacy. It’s a privilege to be a member of the union, and I’m proud to be part of an organization that does this kind of work,” explained Mantegna, a proud working actor, who also has the wonderful Taste Chicago restaurant nearby in Burbank.
Before Tim Allen got ready to tee off, he told me, “It will be a perfect day if we get to the $2 million mark. In the past five years, we’ve collected over a million and a half for the fund, and if I can shake everyone down today, the people who have it, I want to reach that goal. It doesn’t matter what I shoot.” Allen didn’t get a hole-in-one but he sure was a big winner for his charitable efforts.
“The SAG Foundation’s Golf Classic is one of the premiere charity golf tournaments in the country. We all had a great time today, but more importantly we raised awareness and critical funds for the foundation’s programs. It’s all about actors helping actors,” Allen said. The event rallied a bunch of celebrities and sponsors to raise vital funds to help performers facing illness and severe economic hardship.
“We like to think of ourselves as a family, and sometimes when you hit hard times it’s best to go home to your family,” commented Pamela Reed, vice president of the SAG Foundation. She added, “The Screen Actors Guild Foundation likes to think of itself as home.” Reed said she’s been on the foundation’s board for many years “and I’m very proud of the work being done and the way the foundation is moving forward, opening the New York offices recently. We’ve been fortunate to be able to help a lot of people, and because of today that work will continue. It’s awesome there are so many great people here today.”
Nearly 60 celebrity players and SAG Foundation supporters were on hand, including Scott Bakula (NCIS: New Orleans, Quantum Leap), Peter Gallagher (Covert Affairs), Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Twelve, The Godfather III), Amiee Garcia (Dexter), Donald Faison (The Exes, Scrubs), Mark-Paul Gosselar and Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), Gregory Harrison (Reckless), Kevin Nealon (Weeds, SNL), Michael Weatherly (NCIS), Robert Hayes (Airplane!), Powers Boothe (Nashville), Greg Ellis (Pirates of the Caribbean), Brendan Fehr (X-Men: First Class), Kate Linder (Young & the Restless), Chris Rich (Reba), Nick Searcy (Justified), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), David Leisure (Empty Nest), Timothy Omundson (Psych), Jay Ferguson (Mad Men), Geoff Pierson (Castle), and Tom Dreesen (Trouble With the Curve), among many other very competitive celebrity golfers. One of the course sponsors included comfy True Linkswear Golf Shoes that were very popular with the players.
The shotgun tournament concluded with a dinner and awards ceremony. Medals were presented to the top teams and players. The first place award went to the Corday Team, including ultra-great celebrity player Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince). The Omnicom Team got second place with celebrity player Carmine Giovinazzo (CSI: NY), and third place was Joe Pesci (Goodfellas) and the Fairway & Greene Team.
Other big winners included celebs Anthony Anderson (Transformers, Law & Order), Michael Peña (Cesar Chavez), Greg Itzin (Covert Affairs), and Tom Welling (Smallville) for special categories such as the putting contest, closest to the pin, and longest drive. Anthony Anderson bragged, “I do have a long drive.”