MOOSE LODGE — It’s not often that a high school baseball fundraiser draws a crowd of paparazzi, but the presence of Charlie Sheen has the ability to do that.
Sheen and a number of current and former Major League Baseball stars came out Saturday to support Santa Monica High School’s ball team during the booster club’s Third Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament and Auction on Saturday at the Moose Lodge in Sunset Park.
The president of the Santa Monica Diamond Club, Nancy Tyre, wasn’t sure exactly how much was raised, but said the event was a success on all levels.
“I thought it was really fun,” Tyre said. “I was so excited that so many people showed up. It was fun to hang out and be a part of the event.”
Sheen had been promoting the event on his Twitter page and other forms of social media in the days leading up to the event. It caught the eye of major entertainment media outlets, which gave the fundraiser a bit of a higher profile.
When Sheen arrived at the Moose Lodge he was immediately surrounded by paparazzi, whose questions had nothing to do with Samohi or the team. He sidestepped those questions, simply saying that he was there to promote a baseball program he was a part of during his days as a student on campus.
Current Dodger James Loney, Oakland A’s outfielder Coco Crisp, who played locally at Inglewood High School, and MLB great Kenny Lofton were just some of the notables who came through.
The money raised will be used primarily on uniforms and equipment with some being devoted to maintaining the field.
“The list of things we need goes on and on,” Head Coach Sheldon Philip-Guide said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to do some bigger and better things this season.”
The team itself is currently playing in a couple of winter leagues. The regular season begins in late February as the team attempts to defend its Ocean League title.
Samohi ready to hoop it up
Samohi’s boys’ basketball team opens the season today at home against Loyola.
The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. on campus.
The Vikings are coming off a 12-15 season and an appearance in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.