Philadelphia

PHOTOS: Dr J’s Erving “Black Tie” Ball at the Sofitel w/Shaquille O’Neal

Hall of Fame Basketball forward Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving hosted a three day charity event in support of The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia.  At “The Julius Erving Golf Classic,” Erving welcomed celebrities, golfers and fellow athletes for a very special weekend which raised money and awareness for The Salvation Army.

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The weekend began with the Erving Youth Basketball Clinic at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center in partnership with The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. The Salvation Army has a special place in Erving’s heart, as he was first given the opportunity to play on their team in Hempstead, NY in the early 1960’s, providing him the opportunity to compete and achieve at a young age. I covered the 3rd annual Erving Ball at the Sofitel Hotel Sunday night in Center City.

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I’ve photographed all of the Dr J events and this was definitely one of the best run. I liked how the Cashman & Assoc. gals strolled across the red carpet with the names of notable people, cause even though they are important in their field, we photographers don’t always know who they are or how to spell their names. hd1_3664-custom

Laticia Rolle and Shaquille O’Neal. The duo dating since 2014, are rumored to be engaged.

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Sportscaster Jay Harris’ has been at ESPN since February 2003.

 

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Shari Williams, 6ABC and Cody Winstead, NFL Network Field Producer/Talent Producer

Chris Tucker

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The Erving Family: Dr J and his wife Dorys.

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Raquel Levert and Eddie Levert
Later in the evening the legendary Eddie Levert performed with Johnny Gill, as Dr J joined them for a song.

 

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Legendary Basketball Coach Sonny Hill

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Through the clinic, which Erving hosted with his daughter Jazmin, Founder and Executive Director of GRAB A BALL & PLAY Foundation, free basketballs were given to all 100+ kids in attendance. The Erving’s spent time with the children and provided coaching and feedback on the game.

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In the old days this would have been a perfect shot to send to Michael Klein’s or Dan Gross’ gossip columns. Miss those guys.
Shaquille O’Neal and Laticia Rolle