Friday Morning Starting Five: Charlie Mack’s Party 4 Peace

World Wide Wes, Charlie Mack and I at a Sixers game from ’08 (Photo: Webster Riddick)

If you are in or around Philly this weekend, please come out and support this great event for an even greater cause.

From the event’s about page: Started in 1990 solely as a celebrity basketball game, The Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend has evolved into a charitable benefit to raise awareness and money for organizations that seek to eradicate violence. “As a native Philadelphian, I wanted to provide young people with a vehicle to interact with today’s entertainment industry actors/actresses and professional sports players, however, it was after the loss of my two brothers that I saw an even greater need to create a fund raising benefit to assist anti-violence organizations,” states Mack. Charlie Mack is considered by many in the entertainment and music industry as a seasoned insider with ties to many of today’s leading actors/actresses and musical greats.

In 2006, Academy nominee and mega-star Will Smith joined his long time friend and confidante during the weekend and was clearly stunned by the crime plaguing the city of Philadelphia. Smith stated, “It is hard for me to get a grip on what is happening in the streets of Philadelphia, the same streets that I grew up in and walk through, however, I do understand there is a different mind set today then when I was raised so I feel compelled to do something and join my friend, Charlie Mack in curtailing the violence.”

The Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend is sponsored in part by Platinum Productions, Livenation, Keystone Mercy, PECO, Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity, WURD and Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress.

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7 Responses to “Friday Morning Starting Five: Charlie Mack’s Party 4 Peace”

  1. Temple3 says:

    Dez needs to make this happen.

    He is the guy living in the cross hairs. Everyone is watching him. Half want him to succeed. Half (maybe more) want him to fail. He has all in front of him. He has the money…the agent…the role model…the fall model…the get back up and fall down and get back up again model. He’s in the right city on the right team at the right time.

    It’s all right there. If he’s patient and diligent, the world will open up like a flower. If he’s too fast and too rash, he’ll become a “cautionary tale.” I hope he shocks the world.

  2. Mizzo says:

    Me too fam. Thought I never would say it, but I want a Cowboy to succeed…greatly.

  3. Mizzo says:

    Stephen Jackson’s home was robbed and his wife held at gunpoint. I added the link to the post.

  4. Temple3 says:

    That’s terrible. I always liked SJ — even though the media HATES him. He’s a true, true baller. I’m glad the news isn’t worse coming out of there. Home invasions make you wanna pack your shit and go off the grid in a new city. I hope he and his family can find some peace after this.

    Thanks for keeping real the reasons why athletes legitimately feel threatened in these streets and in their homes.

  5. GrandNubian says:

    My thoughts exactly, T3…regarding Stephen Jax.

    And people wonder why these athletes are “packin” nowadays.

  6. TC says:

    Thoughts and best wishes to Stephen Jax and his wife and family. That must be terribly traumatic.

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