TV actor Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit), The Real Housewives of Miami‘s Lea Black and a slew of old Miami Dolphins glories highlighted the 20th annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County’s Hollywood fundraiser last night.
The wingding, at Gulfstream Park’s Sport of Kings hall, lured about 500 guests and was expected to raise in the $50,000-range for at-risk children.
“I didn’t grow up in a Boys & Girls Club,” said Haysbert, best known for his role as the President of the United States in the Fox series 24 and TV pitchman for Allstate insurance. “I had six brothers and two sisters, so that was my club. But I know what they do, and it’s a worthwhile cause.”
By the way, is he ever ticked off about being recognized as the insurance dude rather than an actor?
“Nope,” said Haysbert, who’s in the Nov. 2 film release Wreck-It Ralph. ”It doesn’t bug me at all. Doing that doesn’t interfere with my work.”
The Real Housewives of Miami‘s Black, meanwhile, popped in for an hour to mingle with the likes of former Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga and car dealer Rick Case, both big supporters of B&GC.
She was asked about the ugly alleged assault of a Miami Beach homeless man by the 20-year-old son of RHOM co-star Alexia Echevarria. The son, model Peter Rosello, was charged with felony battery.
“That kid has a heart of gold,” Black said. “Of course, he made a mistake. And it’s hard to accept because I’m always on the side of the underdog. But I love Alexia, and I know she raised him right.”
“What a terrible idea that was,” said Crowder. “It’s a young team with a new coach and you don’t need to put their shortcomings out there for everybody to see. Between the Chad Johnson incident and the lack of personalities and team identity, it was ridiculous.
“They’re lucky (Rookie QB Ryan) Tannehill is the man that he is. He rescued that show just like he’s rescuing the team!”