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Mike Woodson, Ahmad Rashad fundraise in Westchester
New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ahmad Rashad were among the celebrities to attend star-studded Sunday-night and Monday-morning Westchester County fundraisers for White Plains Hospital.
The two-day event, known as the Ahmad Rashad Golf Classic, began last night with a reception at 42 The Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, which also featured appearances by "Dancing with the Stars" dancer Tony Dovalani; "The Voice" season-one winner Javier Colon; former Knicks stars Herb Williams and Darrell Walker; and former National Hockey League players John MacLean and Marty Turco. The event featured dinner, a silent auction, live entertainment and plenty of hobnobbing.
The golf portion of the event kicked off this morning at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, which included an additional cameo by former New York Yankees all-star Paul O'Neill, a five-time World Series champion.
Rashad is quite familiar with Westchester. The former National Football League Pro Bowler and host of "NBA Inside Stuff" once lived in Mount Vernon with his then-wife, Phylicia Rashad of "The Cosby Show" fame, and daughter, Condola Rashad, who was nominated for her second Tony Award this spring. Ahmad and Condola were seen posing together on the red-carpet prior to this year's Tony ceremony.
White Plains Hospital has had some high-wattage star power this year when it comes to fundraising. In April, iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta — whose impressive sartorial résumé includes including dressing first ladies ranging from Jacqueline Kennedy to Laura Bush — appeared in Rye Brook to showcase some of his fashions for the cause.
Celebrating its 120th anniversary, the hospital hosts the largest freestanding cancer center in Westchester, and a maternity ward that delivers more babies than any other hospital in the county.
For pictures of all the celebrities mingling at the Ahmad Rashad Golf Classic, check out Newsday Westchester's photo gallery.