The 2nd Annual Stephen Bishop Celebrity Golf Invitational Benefiting R.A.K.E

Calabasas Country Club

Stephen Bishop and Sugar Ray Leonard. Photo By: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
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Stephen Bishop. Photo Credit: ClintonH.Wallace/DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Stephen Bishop. Photo Credit: ClintonH.Wallace/DemiGoddessChronicle.com

By: Christy Oldham

13, Feb 2017

Professional golf master Arnold Palmer once said “Success in golf depends less on strength of body but upon strength of mind and character”.  If that indeed is true, then retired baseball player turned actor Stephen Bishop, has all three virtues. Bishop possesses a natural humanitarian spirit and recently brought his celebrity and athlete friends together on the eve of Valentine’s Day for a delightful game of golf at the Calabasas Country Club to help raise money for the non-profit organization R.A.K.E (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere).

Calabasas Country Club

Calabasas Country Club

You know him from his role as “David”, Gabrielle Union’s love interest on Being Mary Jane and currently stars in the Bravo series, Imposters, as “Patrick”.  Bishop’s golf invitational is now in its second year and was sponsored by high profile brands Adidas Golf, RedBull and the Veteran’s Golf Association. Retired professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and actor Ron Perlman from HellBoy fame, enjoyed a fun-filled day on the beautiful greens with Bishop.

 

Eric Dickerson

(L to R) R.A.K.E founder Ricky Smith and NFL Legend Eric Dickerson and fellow golfers. Photo credit: ClintonH.Wallace/DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Ron Perlman

Former LA Kings Hockey League owner Bruce P. McNall and actor Ron Perlman. Photo credit: ClintonH.Wallace/DemiGoddessChronicle.com

“I was truly humbled at the outpouring of support from my friends and colleagues that came to the inaugural celebrity invitational. The spirit of RAKE was palpable both on the course and at the banquet with people performing RAKEs all over the place. It completely validated my belief in RAKE and what Ricky Smith has going on over there,” said Bishop.

Sugar Ray Leonard (yellow shirt) leads the golfers to the club house for the award ceremony and dinner. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Kathleen Bradley

Kathleen Bradley-Redd (former Price is Right model). Photo credit: ClintonH.Wallace/DemiGoddessChronicle.com

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Stephen Bishop is all smiles. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Ron Perlman and Cycle Cadam from Electric. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Former Navy Seal and VGA member Randy Morgan. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Other high profile golfers included Jim Brown (Retired NFL Hall of Fame Player), Chris Spencer (BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood), Craig T. Nelson (The Incredibles), Dennis Haysbert (The Unit), Nicholas Gonzalez (Pretty Little Liars), Will Lowery (Pro Golf), Jason Seymour (Pro Golf), Roger Gunn (Pro Golf), Royce Clayton (Former MLB Player), Jerry Hairston Jr. (Former MLB Player), Gary Hudson (Angels Fall) and Flex Alexander (One on One).

Later that evening, an elegant dinner, award ceremony and presentation of Operation Double Eagle, a film documentary in development about veterans with PTSD, was held in the clubhouse of the beautiful Calabasas Country Club.

Here are some of the highlights below:

Stephen Bishop and Sugar Ray Leonard. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

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Stephen Bishop speaks to the excited crowd. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

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Ron Perlman and Stephen Bishop. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Sugar Ray Leonard with VGA members. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Randy Morgan and Sugar Ray Leonard. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

About R.A.K.E.

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Ricky Smith

Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere was founded by comedian Ricky Smith and their mission is simple to support the community in a positive way. They want to enrich lives, encourage kindness, and promote the act of “paying it forward.” Every act of kindness, whether helping provide necessities to someone in need or promoting cultural growth among children can help make a difference.

“RAKE golf tournament was a top notch, most enjoyable event. The course was great and the staff and volunteers were accommodating. The attitude of Random Acts of Kindness seemed to emote from everyone involved. S/O to Stephen Bishop for hosting such a wonderful event.” – Cedric the Entertainer 

For more info on RAKE, click HERE.

About VGA

The Veteran Golfers Association is committed to promoting the game of golf to veterans and their family members. The VGA develops programs that allow our members to compete, socialize, and remain physically active through the game of golf. The VGA is an international golf development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to veterans and their family members. Through local inter-club league play, tournaments, and national qualifiers, we help reinforce values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. Additionally, the VGA offers family oriented activities that will help veterans and their family members increase the amount of quality time spent together, be more physically active, and be more involved in their communities.

For more info about the VGA or Operation Double Eagle, click HERE

 

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About christy oldham
Christy Oldham is an acclaimed multi-hyphenate- a director, screenwriter, producer and actress. Her headlining credit includes the feature film "Barracuda" (Released in 2014 by Maverick Entertainment Group) which earned her critical filmmaker acclaim including 3 Best Picture awards at multiple U.S. film festivals. In 2012, she founded the film production company Demi Goddess Pictures and its subsidiary media arm Demi Goddess Chronicle- with both companies creating content that champions woman empowerment. She is also a published author and entrepreneur. In 2006, she opened the Los Angeles pet care business Healthy Dogs Pet Sitting Service- a company that provides a number of services to some of Hollywood’s biggest names. She penned and self-published the book "Christy Oldham’s Manual to a Happy & Healthy Dog" and donates on-going proceeds from book sales to various animal rights groups and charity’s. Additionally, she is the author of the fictional literary foray "Finley & The Emerald Volcano: The Search for the Missing Cauldron" (volume one in a series) that she also self-published and adapted into screenplay. "Finley" is currently in development as a movie. In 2016, she directed 3 episodes of "Vape Warz", a post-apocalyptic web series that she also wrote and produced, and that has guest appearances by pop icons Ron Jeremy and Jeff "The Dude" Dowd aka The Big Lebowski. Look for "Vape Warz" streaming on Amazon Video Direct in the summer of 2017. Christy lives in Los Angeles.

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