The Los Angeles Dodgers’ fifth annual Blue Diamond Gala Wednesday evening at Dodger Stadium is expected to raise more than $3 million for the team’s foundation.
Grammy Award-winning singer Bruno Mars will perform at the sold-out gala. He will be introduced by basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, a member of the Dodgers ownership group and the foundation’s board of directors.
Retired tennis champions Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss will be recognized for their ongoing commitment to creating positive change through sports.
The longtime partners serve on the executive committee of the Women’s Sports Foundation, which King founded in 1974. It works to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity and has awarded more than $80 million in educational and cash grants.
King and Kloss became members of the Dodgers ownership group in September.
“The work that Ms. King and Ms. Kloss do to enhance lives through sports, leadership and advocacy is perfectly aligned with our own `Bigger Than Baseball’ mentality,” said Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation CEO Nichol Whiteman.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is the team’s official charity, administering programs serving youth and communities at large and providing grants to area nonprofit organizations.
Proceeds from the gala will benefit the foundation’s Dodgers RBI youth baseball and Dodgers Dreamfields programs.