Stars turn out for Artists vs. Writers charity softball game
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The final score in Saturday's Artists vs. Writers celebrity softball game held in East Hampton was 8-6.
But the only number anyone cared about was the bottom line: more than $100,000 raised for East End organizations and charities.
The 65th annual event at Herrick Park drew the usual star-studded lineups and celebrity attendees, including former President Bill Clinton, "Today Show" host Matt Lauer and journalist-author Carl Bernstein.
Participating for the second time, Lauer was one of the umpires -- a job he described as "a lot of pressure, but fun."
Bernstein, who has played in the game for at least 20 years, said he keeps coming back "because it's fun . . . and I want to see if I can still do it."
Co-organizer Debby McEneaney said she walked onto the field feeling good, knowing the event was already a success.
The money was raised through silent and live auctions, program advertisements and raffle, ticket and souvenir sales, she said.
Proceeds benefit East End Hospice, East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, Phoenix House adolescent center in Wainscott and The Retreat, an East End domestic violence agency providing services to women and children.
Clinton showed up to watch the game, and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was another umpire.
For the record, the Artists beat the Writers.
Jamie Patricof, a Hollywood producer, was named most valuable player. The son of venture capitalist Alan Patricof, he said he grew up spending summers in the Hamptons, often watching the celebrity softball game.
"It's a wonderful tradition," said TV and movie actress Lori Singer, of "Footloose" fame, who also played. "I'm proud to be part of it."