My respect for a celebrity grows exponentially when that person uses their fame and influence to raise money for charity. Although I’m no Redskins fan, player #26, Clinton Portis, is more than respectable in my book.
A native of Mississippi, Portis was disappointed in the lack luster fundraising efforts in DC to benefit victims of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. The Clinton Portis Foundation’s response to fundraising relief efforts in the Gulf was “Love from the DMV”, an all white attire benefit held at Famoso Restaurant in Chevy Chase last Saturday. The event was part of a weekend-long affair that included an exclusive pool party at Portis’ McLean home.
The “Love from the DMV All White Charity Cocktail Reception” was hosted by Clinton Portis and actresses Elise Neal, Laila Odum, Denyce Lawton, and rapper Wale. Actress and singer Mya also made an appearance last Friday night.
On the second floor of Famoso, fellow Redskins players, local celebrities, and DC media moguls mingled with local members of the press and bloggers while R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn entertained the crowd while DJ Armageddon provided the music.
The proceeds from the cocktail party are said to help aid students along the Gulf-coast who have been displaced from their schools, athletic fields, and training grounds and provide them an opportunity to continue excelling athletically while clean-up efforts in the Gulf area continue.