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

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

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.


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(L to R) R.A.K.E founder Ricky Smith and NFL Legend Eric Dickerson and fellow golfers. Photo credit: ClintonH.Wallace/
Ron Perlman
Former LA Kings Hockey League owner Bruce P. McNall and actor Ron Perlman. Photo credit: ClintonH.Wallace/

“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:
Kathleen Bradley
Kathleen Bradley-Redd (former Price is Right model). Photo credit: ClintonH.Wallace/
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Stephen Bishop is all smiles. Photo credit:
Ron Perlman and Cycle Cadam from Electric. Photo credit:
Former Navy Seal and VGA member Randy Morgan. Photo credit:

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:


Stephen Bishop speaks to the excited crowd. Photo credit:
Ron Perlman and Stephen Bishop. Photo credit:
Sugar Ray Leonard with VGA members. Photo credit:
Randy Morgan and Sugar Ray Leonard. Photo credit:

About R.A.K.E.

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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Christy was educated in Paris at École des hautes études commerciales de Paris (HEC Paris), an international business school in France and studied film and television at LACC (Los Angeles Community College). She is a business owner, published author and a critically acclaimed independent filmmaker. Her 20 year body of cinema work to date includes 2 feature films, 15 short films and one web series. She is a writer, producer, director, cinematographer, actress and editor. Her headlining film credit includes the vigilante 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 2017, she directed 3 episodes of the post-apocalyptic web series "Vape Warz", which she also wrote and produced. It premiered at the 2017 Mediterranean Film festival Cannes in the south of France and received an Honorable Mention for Best Web Series and is now streaming on Amazon. In 2019, she released her first foreign short film "Perdu à France" ("Lost In Provence")- also streaming on Amazon. She lives in Los Angeles.

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