James Lafferty, star of “One Tree Hill,” raises over $65,000 at his 5th annual James Lafferty/One Tree Hill Basketball game

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THE “OLD” TREE HILL RAVENS VS. THE “NEW” TREE HILL RAVENS HIT THE COURT TO RAISE MONEY FOR SOME GREAT CAUSES. THE 5TH ANNUAL JAMES LAFFERTY/ONE TREE HILL CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME WAS HELD SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH, 2008 IN WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA WHERE THE SHOW IS FILMED.

With the help of Lafferty’s cast members, including: Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Galeotti (who performed the National Anthem), Lee Norris, Antwon Tanner, Stephen Colletti, Stuart Lafferty, Jackson Brundage, Joe Manganiello, Executive Producer Joe Davola and ONE TREE HILL series creator Mark Schwahn, they raised $66,373. Proceeds from 5th Annual James Lafferty/One Tree Hill Charity Basketball Game will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, researching cures and treating children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, Wilmington Family YMCA and Winnie’s Garden, offering assistance toward the funding, welfare and support of animal shelters and homeless pets.

The tickets went on sale on Saturday March 29th, 2008 9AM EST and sold out in 10 minutes; all tickets were available for purchase at www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org and cost $25.00. An autograph signing with the cast immediately followed the game.

ABOUT JAMES LAFFERTY:

James Lafferty returns for a fifth season to The CW’s hit drama “One Tree Hill,” as Nathan Scott, a rare character who’s journey has evolved from spoiled basketball prodigy to husband and father.

A native of Hemet, California Lafferty’s first series regular role was on the sitcom “Emeril.” He followed that up with ESPN’s “A Season on the Brink.” Starring opposite Brian Dennehy, Lafferty played Steve Alford, the star player of the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team. He has also made guest appearances on “Once and Again”, “Boston Public” and HBO’s “Unscripted.”

Currently living in Wilmington, North Carolina, Lafferty has been working on film and documentary projects set up through his production banner, Swingman Productions, while continuing to film “One Tree Hill.” He has hosted numerous charity basketball events for local organizations and schools in the Wilmington area. In 2007, The Fourth Annual James Lafferty One Tree Hill Charity Basketball Game was held. With the help of his cast mates, Lafferty raised money and awareness for local Wilmington organizations.

ABOUT ST. JUDE:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information please visit www.stjude.org.

ABOUT WILMINGTON FAMILY YMCA:

The Wilmington Family YMCA is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of putting Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

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