City of Azusa, Calif. Throws Annual Celebrity Softball Game, Benefiting Firefighters

By Ronnie Gamble  |  09/30/2009
Team photo of celebs and Azusa team from the 2008 Annual Celebrity Softball Game (Photo: Flawless)

Team photo of celebs and Azusa team from the 2008 Annual Celebrity Softball Game (Photo: Flawless)

A host of Los Angeles celebrities have signed on to participate in the Azusa, California's Annual Celebrity Softball Game, benefiting recent fallen firefighters.

The list of celebs playing this year includes local rappers Topic, Omar Cruz, Diamonique and Jayrock; the cast of FX's "Sons of Anarchy"; actor Noel G; famed photographer/director Estevan Oriol; actor Omar Miller' "American Idol's" Danny Noriega; singer Candice Pillay, and several others.

The City of Azusa Golden Days Committee, in conjunction with Azusa city Councilman Robert Gonzales, and the event's founder and organizer, Joey "Flawless" Torres, will hold their annual Celebrity Softball Game at the city's "Field of Dreams" on October 4th, at Gladstone Park located at the corner of Pasadena Ave. and Russel Street in the city of Azusa.

Flawless and Councilman Robert Gonzales started this annual event in 2007 to benefit the city's children's athletic programs. But, this year all gate proceeds will be donated to the memorial funds for Capt. Ted Hall and firefighter, Arnie Quinones, both killed in the tragic Station fire.

"Each year I look forward to putting this event together, bringing in celebrities and being able to give back to urban communities, such as Azusa" said Flawless. "This year's game is a bit different and I'm honored to be able to contribute to such a noble cause."

"It is the least we can do to honor and say thank you to the two brave individuals who gave their all to protect their community and its citizens", added Councilman Gonzalez.

Over the last few years, the event's success has exceeded all expectations. The first game in 2007 attracted over 500 in attendance and raised over $2,000 via gate receipts and donations. In 2008, the excitement generated from the first year resulted in doubling of attendance, attracting corporate and individual sponsors, and raising revenue exponentially.

Now in 2009, as the excitement and awareness continues to grow we expect record attendance, record sponsorships and record revenue.

A donation of $1 is asked for ages 3-12, while $2 is the donation for ages 13 and up.

For additional information, sponsorship opportunities or donations contact: Joey "Flawless" Torres @ (626) 354.3529, or Councilman Robert Gonzalez @ (626) 945.9280.