IRVINE — Considering the fact the payments went toward a charity for children, everyone appeared to have received their money's worth in the inaugural Harmony and Hoops Charity Basketball Game at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center on Saturday.
An 88-87 win in double-overtime by the Hoops team, which trailed by 19 points with 15:41 left, was icing on the cake. The only non-celebrity player, Kris Gallop of Cal State Monterey Bay, hit one free throw to break a tie with four seconds left to win it. Gallop scored a team-high 25 points.
A reported 1,000 people paid for tickets for either $15, $25 or $50, although it appeared like there were fewer than 500 people who actually attended the game, including several children.
But $50,000-$100,000 was raised for several charities and organizations: Autism Speaks, the OC Neurodevelopmental Center (part of the UCI Healthcare System), Reachback LA – Inner-City Health Program and the Tyler Foundation for Disabilities, founded by Tina Marie Tyler, who was at the game.