A Playboy Mansion Party

A Playboy Mansion Party
Jocks & Stars at Playboy Party & Poker Tournament

It was the 4th annual SportsDream Celebrity Poker and Pool Party that was connected with the activities surrounding the ESPY Awards. The event was for a good cause, raising funds for the SportsDream Foundation’s scholarships and kids sports programs.

Held at the fabled Playboy Mansion, celebrities and athletes were there along with beautiful playmates and bunnies. There were hundreds of happy guests enjoying a special performance by LMFAO. And DJ Irie was making music all night long at Hugh Hefner’s huge estate in Holmby Hills.

A parade of all-stars from the sports world strolled the red carpet, set up on the front lawn where peacocks, jocks and other wildlife roamed freely.

Jamie Foxx was the biggest star there. The fun-loving Oscar-winner (for Ray) was telling everyone that he’s been good friends with Hef for a long time, and has great memories of parties at the mansion. “I would enjoy the grotto, but that was before camera phones,” he joked.

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Jamie Foxx

The notable athletes at the party included Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin and his girl friend reality star Kim Kardashian. Football great Warren Moon, was on hand with other NFL stars Eddie George, Marcellus Wiley, Patrick Willis, Dennis Dixon, Owen Daniels, and the Jets’ young Darrelle Revis.

The NBA was represented with the Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire, and the Raptors’ Amir Johnson. A variety of other sports were represented by former MLB outfielder Jose Conseco (turned bad boxer), volleyball pro Albert Hannemann, and soccer’s Cobi Jones.

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Amar’e Stoudemire

Roberto Clemente, Jr., son of the late baseball legend, had a brief career in baseball, then became a game announcer for ESPN and other broadcasts. Clemente Jr. said his dad inspired him to create sports programs for children, and he founded the Reviving Baseball in the Inner-Cities (RBI), which the Sports Dream Foundation supports.

More people wanted to talk to Apolo Anton Ohno about being on Dancing With the Stars (he won the tacky mirror-ball trophy) than his eight Olympic medals for speed skating. Also from Dancing With the Stars were pros dancers Maksim Chmerkovsky and Tony Dovolani.

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Apolo Anton Ohno

Other famous faces seen were Blind Side’s Quinton Aaron, Twilight’s villain Xavier Samuel, Last Comic Standing’s Craig Robinson, and skateboarder/MTV reality celeb Ryan Sheckler, who couldn’t resist getting his picture with Bunny Stacy and Bunny Tiffany.

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Ryan Sheckler

A surprise was seeing a crew from Lopez Tonight filming donut shop owners, Tech and Betty, working the red carpet handing out fresh donuts to the stars. It was filmed as a segment for George Lopez who has used the very funny couple as correspondents at other big events.

The Sabrina Barnett Collection was also a hit on the red carpet, with Sabrina herself and lots of pretty ladies modeling her fashions with “Let Love Shine” and other great messages emblazed on the glitzy outfits.

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Sabrina Barnett

Many of the celebrities mingled around the mansion, looking over the impressive sports memorabilia that was being auctioning off for the SportsDream Foundation. Then it was time to sit down and play in the charity poker tournament. Warren Moon said, “I have a great poker face, and I’m playing tonight. And it’s going to benefit the kids sports programs. It’s a great way to help out and have a good time too.”


Frank Barron is the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines. Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network. For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron have covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they currently contribute to numerous publications. Frank started in showbiz as publicity director for the KHJ radio and television station. Before moving to California, he was a sports editor in New Jersey.

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