SBD/January 6, 2011/People and Pop Culture

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Morgan Pressel's charity golf tournament has now raised $1.7M over four years

Golfer MORGAN PRESSEL's charitable foundation yesterday raised $502,000 at the Fourth Annual Morgan & Friends Golf Tournament at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, "for a total of $1.7 million in four years." The proceeds "come from her sponsors and tournament participants." The Morgan Pressel Foundation this year also will "kick off 'Bucks for Birdies,' in which a person contributes money for every birdie by Pressel." Last year, Pressel's foundation purchased a "state-of-the-art, mobile mammography unit to help detect breast cancer while it's still treatable," and Pressel hopes it is the "first MammoVan of many in her personal fight against a disease that claimed her mother" (PALM BEACH POST, 1/6). Meanwhile, Pressel is joining Wasserman Media Group for representation, while golfer STEPHEN AMES "has left IMG to sign" with WMG and reunite with his former agent, CHRIS ARMSTRONG (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/6).

ORDER IN THE COURT! Golfer DAVID TOMS has been sued by former Stanford Financial Chair ALLEN STANFORD's receiver "for $905,087 in profits Toms earned from certificates of deposit sold by Stanford International Bank, the Antiguan bank prosecutors claim was the center of a $7 billion investment fraud." RALPH JANVEY, Stanford's court-appointed receiver, "has sued hundreds of other Stanford investors who, like Toms, are considered net winners, in that they received more proceeds than they originally invested" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 1/5)....A grand jury has “declined to indict” former Spurs PA announcer MIKE LAVENDER, who “garnered attention last year as one of the first to be charged under Texas’ 2008 online harassment law.” Lavender acknowledged to authorities that he opened a Twitter account and "began making accusations that a local television reporter was having an affair with a married man” (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 1/6).

NAMES: Lakers F LAMAR ODOM yesterday said that he "felt the need to ask permission" from coach PHIL JACKSON and GM MITCH KUPCHAK before agreeing to star in a new weekly reality TV show for E! alongside his wife, KHLOE KARDASHIAN. The show "begins shooting this month" (L.A. TIMES, 1/6)....Texas Christian Univ. will celebrate the football team's Rose Bowl victory "with a public gathering Jan. 16 on campus." The public is "invited to the free event," taking place at 4:00pm CT at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/5)....Baseball HOFer CAL RIPKEN JR. last night presented Capitals LW ALEX OVECHKIN with the inaugural “Advocate for Youth Award” during a fundraising event at the Park Hyatt Washington (THE DAILY)....Patriots QB TOM BRADY has “once again” made GQ’s annual list of the "world’s best-dressed men" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/6).

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