Joe Torre

By Joe Paone NEW YORK CITY, June 18, 2003 — Samsung's second annual Four Seasons of Hope charity luncheon in New York City was notable for more reasons than just goodwill. In addition to celebrating the spectacular progress of the charity, which, together with retail partners, works with four famous sports legends to raise money for their specific foundations, the luncheon was front-page news in the New York Post for its delicious serving of political intrigue. The prospect of master of ceremonies Bob Costas presiding over the honoring of three of the four legends — Magic Johnson, Joe Torre and Boomer Esiason (Arnold Palmer could not

By Joe Paone TRENTON, N.J., 5/1/03 — Basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson visited Trenton, N.J.'s L. M. Rivera School on May 1, serving as coach and mentor for the day. The special event was the grand prize in a national "One-on-One With Magic" promotion co-sponsored by Best Buy and Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope charity for children. The promotion raised $140,000 for the Magic Johnson Foundation, which assists community-based organizations with HIV/AIDS prevention and education initiatives. Johnson, who lives with HIV, won several NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s before embarking on a successful career in inner-city business development. Addressing

More Blogs