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By Rachel Ganz
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Paris Jackson (Michael Jackson's Daughter), Finally Explains What All Those Tattoos are About

The Harold & Carole Pump Foundation Gala 2022- A Celebrity Sports Spectacular!

 

August 31, 2022

Paris Jackson Explains What All Those Tattoos are About

8/19/22: Harold & Carole Pump Foundation held its 22nd gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, honoring Oscar De La Hoya, Ozzie Smith, Ray Lewis, Steve Madison and Ken Goldin.

The Red Carpet was filled with so many superstars and distinguished men and women in the sports and entertainment industry such as Paris and Prince Jackson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, Cedric the Entertainer, Oscar De La Hoya, Steve Garvey, Scott Hanson, Jerry Rice, Steve Garby, Bill Walton, Reggie Jackson, Chante Moore, Host Jamie Foxx and many others.

The highlight of the evening for me while interviewing the charming, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard on the Red Carpet about some of his many accomplishments, was to be personally invited to join his table for dinner.

Sugar Ray Leonard is involved with numerous charities including his own "Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation (www.sugarrayleonardfdn.org) established in 2009 with his wife Bernadette. The Sugar Ray Foundation is committed to funding research and care for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes.

It was a fun filled evening with handsome Host Jamie Foxx walking around the dinner tables to encourage the guests to bid on all the exclusive auction items. Many women were anxiously waiting to take a selfie with Jamie Foxx...Lol.

My table guests included the suave Oscar De La Hoya and his stunningly beautiful TV host, model, sportscaster girlfriend, Holly Sonders. They seem like a perfect match!

Bernard Hopkins, sitting next to Sugar Ray Leonard did not seem the mind the entourage of admirers who wanted Sugar Ray Leonard's photo and autograph. After a while I was helping taking the photos, so Sugar Ray Leonard could finish eating his dinner

Mike Tyson who was about 4 tables away seem very cozy and domesticated with his lovely girlfriend Lakiha Spicer.

I chatted briefly with the strikingly beautiful Paris Jackson and her shy brother Prince Jackson, the children of legend Michael Jackson

Paris Jackson, who is a model /actress, seemed demure and unassuming despite the 80 black ink tattoos scattered across her arms, torso, legs and hand. Some of the tattoos are in honor of her father Michael Jackson and some for no reason at all, but just to express herself.

The only person I missed, that was not present since the 2019 Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala, was my dear friend Shaquille O' Neal, who insisted on taking a few Red Carpet selfies with me after he recognized and remembered playing basket-ball with me "one on one for 12 minutes", 11 years ago at Sports Club LA (now Equinox) unaware of who he was .

Paris Jackson and Brother Prince Jackson

The Pump Foundation was founded in 1999 by Dana and David Pump along with their mother Carole to honor and pay tribute to their late father who had lost his fight to cancer in the same year

The Harold & Carole Pump Foundation Mission Statement is the single minded dedication and loyalty to fight cancer via early detection, state of the art equipment, treatment and research

Dana and David Pump have raised more than $8.5 million for the Carole Pump Woman's Center, Harold and Carole Pump Department of Radiation Oncology and the Leavey Cancer Center at Northridge Medical Center, and other charities

It was a fabulous evening, with wonderful people for a great cause. For further information please contact: https://haroldpumpfoundation.com

 

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