The gala, called “An Evening with Stars of the Club,” brings together a lineup of notable attendees – including Crews himself who is also a Pasadena resident and an advocate for breaking the mental health stigma.
Crews is best known for his roles in shows and movies such as “White Chicks,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” As a football player, Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. His career included stints with the Rams, the Green Bay Packers, the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He also played for the Rhein Fire of the World League of American Football (later NFL Europe) during its 1995 season.
To supplement his income at the NFL, Crews often received portrait commissions from his teammates. Actually, first job in the arts was as a courtroom sketch artist in Flint, Michigan where he was born. He received an art scholarship from college before an athletic scholarship.
In 1997, he decided to retire from the NFL and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. His first acting part came in 1999, when Crews auditioned for a role as a character athlete – T-Money, the Urban Warrior – in the syndicated game show “Battle Dome.”
This 15th Annual Black Tie & Burgers gala on Saturday will be held at a private home in the Caltech area of Pasadena and will feature performances from Club members. The event aims to raise funds for Boys & Girls Club programs focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership development.
Attendees will enjoy delicious hamburgers from The Habit, exciting auctions, music, dancing, and various fundraising opportunities.
The event is supported by numerous generous sponsors, including Michael & Lisa Burke, The Clayton Family, First Citizens Bank, and Debra & Brian Spaulding as “Super-sized” sponsors. Other sponsors include LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, LittleMachineShop.com, Margaret & David Mgrublian, Payden & Rygel, Preferred Bank, and Melina & Barry Pyle, among others.
Limited tickets for the “An Evening with Stars of the Club” gala can still be purchased at https://blacktie23.givesmart.com.
The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has been serving the community since 1937, aiming to empower young people to reach their full potential as responsible citizens.
With over 2,000 youths aged 5-18 served annually, BGCP offers programs that bridge the gap between school and home, providing a positive environment for children to engage in life-changing activities.
For more information, visit www.bgcpasadena.org.