The warm California sun welcomed the celebrity golfers as they joined for the 2nd Annual SAG Golf Classic at the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana. Sponsored by the SAG Foundation, and with contributions from The John W Carson Foundation, Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, TNT, FX Network, CBS Television, and the Integrated Wealth Management firm, the golf event, hosted by Tom Dreesen and directed by Steve DiMarco, was presented to raise money for actors in need.
The star turn out was dazzling.
On the host committee were notables as Scott Bakula, Ron Perlman, Richard Kahn, Robert Hayes, David Hutton, David P White, Bill Smitrovich, Pamela Reed, Kevin Dobson, and SAG's presidents - JoBeth Williams and Ken Howard.
Also present on the red carpet were Andy Garcia, Greg Itzin, Joe Mantegna, Christopher McDonald, Dave Annable, Danny Masterson, Dennis Haysbert, Peter Gallagher, Matt Craven, Michael Pena, Nestor Serrano, Paula Trickey, and Vinnie Jones.
It was Ray Romano who teed off the first round as the new SAG executive director Jill Seltzer watched.
The journey of every actor is full of highs, lows and everything in between. Today is an opportunity to both work and play in order to help our fellow actors in the event of a crisis, said Joe Mantegna. "It's nice to know that if an unexpected event should happen in our lives, we can rest assured knowing that the SAG foundation is there to lend a helping hand."
The main purpose of the foundation is to assist those actors in need especially those faced with catastrophic illnesses. "We have to help others," says Robert Hayes.
Today's health fund recipient, Alicia Cole, received help when she battled Necrotizing Fasciitis aka Man Eating Flesh Disease. Having acquired the hospital infection, she was laid up for more than two months and still has not fully recovered. "Without their assistance, I don't know where I'd be today."
The foundation also provides emergency assistance, a scholarship fund to members' children, BookPals - a literacy group, The Liferaft, Conversations, a voice over lab, and Casting Access Project.
The money for the fund does not come out of member dues, but is raised independently.
For more information about the Foundation and future events, call 323 549 6708 or visit www.sagfoundation.org