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Digging in for Rose Bowl renovation project

ROBERT MERCADO / ROSE BOWL OPERATING CO.
Officials of the Rose Bowl, city of Pasadena, Tournament of Roses and UCLA participated Jan. 25 in groundbreaking ceremonies for the three-year, $152 million renovation of the Rose Bowl Stadium. From left: Rose Bowl Operating Co. President and Pasadena Vice Mayor Victor Gordo, Tournament of Roses President Rick Jackson, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero and Andrea Van de Kamp, campaign director for Legacy Connections.




















Solutia ready to run

PETER NEWCOMB
At the Jan. 24 announcement of Solutia as the title sponsor of the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon, from left: Competitor Group VP David O’Connell, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay; Solutia CEO Jeff Quinn; Competitor Group VP Sean Clottu; and U.S. Olympian Alan Culpepper. Competitor Group will manage the race, which is set for Oct. 23, 2011.

























Heat, Hublot Watches party with heart

ISAAC BALDIZON
The Miami Heat Charitable Fund raised more than $1.2 million at a benefit presented by Hublot Watches at the home of Heat President Pat Riley and his wife, Chris, on Jan. 20. From left: Eric Woolworth, Heat president of business operations; Jean-Claude Biver and Rick De La Croix of Hublot; and Steve Weber, Heat EVP of sales.
























NHL leaves legacy for North Carolina kids

BILL WIPPERT / NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES
At the opening of an NHL-NHLPA All-Star Legacy Classroom during a North Carolina Children’s Hospital Chapel Hill visit Jan. 28, part of NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, from left: The Philadelphia Flyers’ Claude Giroux, the Carolina Hurricanes’ Cam Ward, the Flyers’ Danny Briere, former player Aaron Ward, the hospital’s Dr. Alan Stiles, Cisco’s Joe Novak, former player and Companions in Courage founder Pat LaFontaine, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Hurricanes President and GM Jim Rutherford and hall of famer Grant Fuhr.
























Snider stars with Shining Stars

MIKE HIRATA / COMCAST SPORTSNET
The first Comcast SportsNet Shining Star Sports Awards to benefit the March of Dimes were held Jan. 21 at the Westin Philadelphia. With the evening’s Shining Star honorees are, back row, from left: Phillies pitcher Ryan Madson, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia SVP and GM Brian Monihan, Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk, Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider, Comcast Networks EVP Dan Finnerty and Comcast SportsNet Anchor and Shining Star MC Ron Burke.


























AthletesTouch holds first charity tournament


BOB CAREY / AMERICAN RED CROSS
AthletesTouch, a resource organization for former college and pro athletes now in other business careers, had 130 people at its first celebrity charity golf tournament Jan. 31 at MountainGate Country Club in Los Angeles. From left: AthletesTouch co-founder Kent Seton, special guests Jerry West and Marcellus Wiley, and co-founder Justin Blaine.





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