James Lafferty, তারকা of the locally filmed TV series “One বৃক্ষ Hill,” broke some bad news on the OTHfans.com Web site this week. He won’t be holding a charity বাস্কেটবল game this বছর in Wilmington as he has for the past five years. The game has been a big hit with অনুরাগী who get to buy “One বৃক্ষ Hill”-related merchandise and take ছবি of the cast and crew competing on the court. Last year, আরো than 1,300 অনুরাগী paying $25 each packed the stands of Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center. Lafferty’s publicist released a statement to the site explaining why he canceled this year’s event: “I will not be holding a charity বাস্কেটবল game this year. As a result of constant harassment and gross invasions of privacy via e-mail and telephone, targeting myself, my বন্ধু and even my family, I no longer feel comfortable holding a fundraiser in such an intimate setting with fans. It is frustrating and discouraging that a few have ruined it for the many this year, and I hope that myself and the প্রদর্শনী have the opportunity to be charitable again in the future under different circumstances. I am not speaking on behalf of any of my cast, অথবা the প্রদর্শনী as a collective. This is a personal choice. Thank আপনি to all the অনুরাগী who have been gracious, cordial and supportive of the charity events in the past, and thank আপনি for understanding.” Lafferty has often ব্যক্ত the charity game was one way he and the other cast members could give back to the fans. He’s been known as one of the আরো accessible stars of the show, not only because of the game, but also because of his involvement with the community. During the Wilmington Sea Dawg’s inaugural season, he and a few local filmmakers shot a documentary about the minor league বাস্কেটবল team. The film, “For Keeps,” debuted in 2008 at the জনপ্রিয় Cucalorus Film Festival here. Lafferty and other “One বৃক্ষ Hill” cast members sat in the crowd with film buffs and অনুরাগী alike. He’s also taken time after shooting on location to walk across the রাস্তা and sign autographs for waiting fans. Perhaps those affected the most, however, are the charities that have benefited from the বাস্কেটবল game’s proceeds. Last year, money went to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Winnie’s Garden and the Wilmington Family YMCA.
5th Annual James Lafferty Charity Basketball Game