Actor Omar Gooding and Assemblyman Mike Davis at the 1st Annual David Bing Acdemy of Finance Celebrity Basketball Game./Dennis J. Freeman

*The 1st Annual David Bing Academy of Finance Celebrity Basketball Game proved to be a modest success in generating attention and funds for the Los Angeles-based charter school, scheduled to open in August.

Fans from as far as Victorville, CA came out to cheer their favorite celebrity in a competitive basketball game that featured screen and film stars such as Pooch Hall (The Game), former NBA star (Bryron Russell, Utah Jazz), Khelo Thomas (Roll Bounce, Holes) and soap actor Texas Battle (Bold & the Beautiful).

State Assemblyman Mike Davis, actress Camille Winbush (Bernie Mac Show), actor Omar Gooding (Baby Boy) and media personality Porscha Coleman (BET) were among the two dozen stars that attended the event at Santa Monica College. The David Bing Academy of Finance is a business and finance charter school that will assist students in learning about economics, finance and business.

The event netted $6,000 that will go towards the construction of the campus for its grand opening on August 25. A more thorough renovation of the present complex will take place next year. So far the school has raised $600,000 of the $1.2 million it is hoping to reach.

David Bing Academy of Finance Founder Omar McGee and wife Theresa./Dennis J. Freeman

Fomer NBA star Bryon Russell hangs around with a friend./Dennis J. Freeman