Jennifer Lopez Performs at the L.A. Dodgers Foundation Gala, Raising $3.6 Million

Jennifer Lopez Performs at the L.A. Dodgers Foundation Gala, Raising $3.6 Million

Jennifer Lopez Performs at the L.A. Dodgers Foundation Gala, Raising $3.6 Million

Jennifer Lopez Performs at the L.A. Dodgers Foundation Gala, Raising $3.6 Million

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  • The LADF’s sixth annual Blue Diamond Gala, held on Thursday at Dodger Stadium, generated funds for the organization’s efforts to enhance education, health care, homelessness, and social justice for all Angelenos.
  • On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation held its sixth — and first since 2019 due to the epidemic — Blue Diamond Gala, which featured a who’s who of L.A.
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  • Sports stars and a starring set from Jennifer Lopez.

The “Party for L.A.” event raised a record-breaking $3.6 million for LADF, which works to promote education, health care, homelessness, and social justice for all Angelenos and has committed over $40 million in programmes and grants to organisations around the city since 1995. The dinner also honoured LADF’s “Everyday Champions,” those whose efforts in the community were hampered by the COVID-19 outbreak but who nevertheless managed to make an impact.

The Dodgers’ entire roster, including players Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Justin Turner, and Cody Bellinger, as well as manager Dave Roberts, were in attendance. Venus Williams, Mark Walter, the controlling owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Jeanie Buss, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, were also in attendance.

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The evening began with a meal and pre-party outside of Dodger Stadium before moving on to the field, with Mario Lopez and former Dodger Adrián González serving as emcees. Guests were free to stroll around (and hit the bar) in the outfield as DJ D-Nice rocked inside the ballpark. LADF CEO Nichol Whiteman delivered a brief address before JLo’s performance.

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“This year’s gala reflects our endless potential when we combine our efforts and insist on making a difference in the lives of those who need us most,” she said. “It is no mistake that we stand on this magical field, this field of dreams, where our Boys in Blue won the 2020 championship. In that life-altering year, we showed the world that we are champions on and off the field. We helped some of the most vulnerable communities survive an avalanche of uncertainty and pain.

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“Tonight, we honour our comprehensive work but we also recognized the individuals who voluntarily jumped into the unknown, pushed past fear, to help Angelenos navigate these trying times,” Whiteman continued. “When so much of the world shut down, these heroes stepped up.”

“This will get you into any club,” Buss promised. Walter and Buss then went on stage to auction off duelling 2020 championship rings from the Dodgers and Lakers.

Lopez grabbed the stage for a stadium-worthy concert during the gala’s final hour, delivering her favourites amid five wardrobe changes and spectacular choreography with a dozen backup dancers. Following her 2020 Super Bowl appearance, the celebrity — who just released her Netflix documentary Halftime — pulled out one of her children for a duet.

“I know we’re in L.A., but I’ve got to keep it, New York, forever,” Lopez teased the crowd with some of her New York-centered tunes after she teased, “I know we’re in L.A., but I’ve got to keep it New York forever,” with some of her N.Y.-centered tunes, Lopez told the crowd, “This is a big night for all of y’all, and a big night for me too.”

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“They told me that this charity affects the lives of 8.8 million children every year.” Give yourselves a standing ovation and a slap on the back,” she added afterwards. “We all know that children will take over the world, and we must take care of them, raise them properly, educate them how to contribute, give them what they need, and support one another.” That is the real reason you are here tonight.”

The Inglewood High School Marching Band, the MACES Band, and the Woodcraft Rangers Mariachi and Folklorico Program from Middleton Elementary School all performed on the night. California Pizza Kitchen, Dunkin’ Donuts, Melissa’s Produce, Milk Bar, and In-N-Out hosted a post-show party with Dodgers DJ Severe and cuisine from California Pizza Kitchen, Dunkin’ Donuts, Melissa’s Produce, Milk Bar, and In-N-Out.

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