James Lafferty, 星, 星级 of the locally filmed TV series “One 树 Hill,” broke some bad news on the OTHfans.com Web site this week. He won’t be holding a charity 篮球 game this 年 in Wilmington as he has for the past five years. The game has been a big hit with 粉丝 who get to buy “One 树 Hill”-related merchandise and take 照片 of the cast and crew competing on the court. Last year, 更多 than 1,300 粉丝 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 篮球 game this year. As a result of constant harassment and gross invasions of privacy via e-mail and telephone, targeting myself, my 老友记 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 显示 have the opportunity to be charitable again in the future under different circumstances. I am not speaking on behalf of any of my cast, 或者 the 显示 as a collective. This is a personal choice. Thank 你 to all the 粉丝 who have been gracious, cordial and supportive of the charity events in the past, and thank 你 for understanding.” Lafferty has often 说 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 更多 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 篮球 team. The film, “For Keeps,” debuted in 2008 at the 流行的 Cucalorus Film Festival here. Lafferty and other “One 树 Hill” cast members sat in the crowd with film buffs and 粉丝 alike. He’s also taken time after shooting on location to walk across the 街, 街道 and sign autographs for waiting fans. Perhaps those affected the most, however, are the charities that have benefited from the 篮球 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