NORTHWEST GLENDALE — By now, in the third year of its existence, the annual Stars Shooting for Hope celebrity basketball game's formula for success is becoming pretty clear — a sincere well-organized effort to raise money for a worthy cause combined with a competitive, exciting basketball game that itself is worthy of drawing a crowd.
But a spirited exhibition game pitting a team of Glendale Unified School District employees and associates, led by former Los Angeles Lakers star AC Green, against a squad of personalities from the worlds of acting and music wasn't the main reason the community turned out in good numbers at Hoover High on Friday night.
Rather, upwards of a couple hundred people showed up to help raise a total of $2,500 for the Desi Geestman Foundation, a charity organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children suffering from cancer and their families.
"The excitement of the game makes [the event] even more exciting to come back to," said Stars Shooting for Hope co-organizer and Hoover teacher Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, of the engaging action on the court, which saw the Stars team pull out a 66-62 overtime victory. "I think the celebrities and the teachers have the most fun.