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Champion hoopster Raashan Bernard, right happily shows off her trophy with Deborah Robertson, Deputy District Director for External Affairs, center; and second place winner, Tirsit Kebede, left.

by  Maria Raptis
Issue Date: 05/2008

Hopeful hoopsters played to win at this year’s special event!

The second annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) fundraiser and basketball, or "Hoops Tournament," was held this year April 8 through 10.  As last year, the event was fun and fabulous!

Held in the Caltrans plaza, hopeful hoopsters lined up to try to outplay last year’s champion, Morris Brown.  Men and women alike signed up to outplay, enjoy and raise money for this very worthy cause.  Friends and co-workers cheered each other on!

Scored on a point system, basketballs were thrown from 5 feet, 10 feet and 15-feet shots.  The 2008-2009 winners for this year are:

For the men:

LeBaron Cater, Champion
Peter Dinh, 2nd place 
Nate Farr, 3rd

For the women:

Raashan Bernard, Champion
Tirsit Kebede, 2nd place
Tied for 3rd Place – Angela Harris and Rose Rugley (from LADOT)

Men's champion LeBaron Carter scored 32 of 35 points, barely missing only one basket from the 15-foot, 3-point line.  About his one missed shot, he said, "My one miss was an in-and-out shot," he explained.  "It was an unfortunte incident.  I support the UNCF wholeheartedly.  It was a great event and a great cause.  And I send out a challenge to everyone to better my score next year!  Whoever wins will have to have a perfect game!" 

Women's champion, Raashan Bernard, received 19 out of 35 points.  Being involved in sports at Compton and Jefferson High Schools helped prepare her for the tournament.  As a UNCF committe member, she says that she is very happy with its success.  "I encourage more women to come out next year and compete," she said.

The UNCF Committee, led by Stephanie Jones of External Affairs, send their heartfelt appreciation to all who shared in this special event.  “We, the UNCF Committee, would like to thank everyone for supporting our fundraising efforts for the “Hoops Tournament,” said Jones.  “It was a great success!”

Three more exciting UNCF fundraisers are planned in May.  On May 3, a "70's Dance" will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Westerchester Elks Lodge (The Good Time Lodge), lcoated at 8025 West Manchester Avenue, Plaza Del Rey, for a donation of $25.00.  Food will be served and 70's attire is suggested.  Music by DJ Morris Brown.  

And for the golfers out there, please watch for details about the upcoming Putting Tournament on May 14.  Get ready!  Get set!  PUTT on May 14! 

All money being raised for these events are being pledged for the 26th Annual UNCF Walk for Education to be held Saturday, May 17 at Exposition Park in Los Angeles.  Registration begins at 7 a.m.  District 7 Director Douglas R. Failing, who led the walk last year, will once again lead this year's walk.  "I encourage all employees to join me at this worthwhile effort."  The goal is to raise $10,000 from the pledge year which begins April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009. 

To sign up for the walk, pledge forms are available at the reception area of the Executive Offices on the 13th floor.  For additional information, please contact Stephanie Jones at (213) 897-3821.



Deborah Robertson left, and Stephanie Jones, right, present a proud LeBaron Carter with his champion trophy. Nothing but net.  Deputy District Director for External Affairs Deborah Robertson, supports the UNCF and shows off her basketball skills as well, and scores two points here.  From left to right:  Stephanie Jones, External Affairs; Peter Dinh, Maintenance Design; Nate Farr, Maintenance Support; LeBaron Carter, Dept. of General Services; Raashan Bernard, Administration; Rose Rugley, LA DOT; and Tirsit Kebede, Design A.