Celebrities Bowl For Charity

Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010

Over the weekend in Los Angeles, the actress Courteney Cox and her friend Andrea Pett-Joseph, a talent manager, hosted a Rock and Bowl event to raise money for the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation (EBMRF). EB is a rare genetic disorder that causes the skin to tear and blister and requires daily wound bandaging. (Ms. Pett-Joseph’s son, Brandon, was born with it.)

This particular bowling party took place in the afternoon at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, an alley clearly accustomed to a fabulous clientele. Rather than trophies, autographed pins were on display in cases signed by the singer Kelly Clarkson, the actor Gary Oldman (particularly random!), and the comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Hers reads: “I bowled a 71.” It’s hard to know if, against all these celebrity bowlers, 71 is a particularly good score.

“Bowling is more fun than having a fancy dinner somewhere,” said Ms. Cox, who was there with her husband, David Arquette and their 6½-year-old daughter, Coco.

“She’s actually pretty bad at bowling,” Ms. Cox said as she watched Coco step up to the lane. “But it’s not really a fair game because they keep putting up all these guardrails for her. See, it’s hitting the guardrail. Now it’s hitting the other guardrail. If the guardrails weren’t up and it was an even match, I might actually win.”

Josh Hopkins, Ms. Cox’s love interest on “Cougar Town,” wasn’t doing so well in the adjacent lane either, though he appeared to be beating the actor James Marsden. “I never was good,” Mr. Hopkins said of his bowling prowess. “But I’m just going to go ahead and call it rusty.”

It wasn’t just frames and spares; there was also shopping. Old Navy, which sponsored the event, set up a gifting suite. Celebrities and their families could choose from a selection of winter merchandise.

“Do you guys want to go shopping?” a publicist asked actor Skeet Ulrich’s twins Jakob and Naiia. “I’m going to give you these plastic bags and you can get whatever you want.”

“Dad, would you wear one of these sweaters?” Naiia asked Mr. Ulrich, showing him a heavy cable-knit.

Kaley Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory” was limping around since a horseback riding accident put in her in the hospital and an air cast. She had grabbed dinosaur slippers for a friend’s child—”I wish I could fit my feet into them,” she said—and a pair of penguin pajama pants for herself.

“We love penguins,” she explained. “At least ever since I hallucinated them running around my hospital room.”

Meanwhile, Ms. Pett-Joseph was running around making sure everyone was happy, that her parents were selling enough raffle tickets and that her friends were aware of the holiday card collaboration she has been working on with Tiny Prints and celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner. (Proceeds go to EBMRF.)

Ms. Pett-Joseph said that when it comes to celebrity involvement for her cause, “it’s difficult to ask, but I’m lucky to have clients who tell me I never have to.” She added that she tries to keep her events, which have included picnics and trips to a Led Zeppelin laser light show, family-oriented and on the less expensive side.

“I’d prefer to have you come raise awareness than tell me the next day you couldn’t afford a ticket,” she said, only to be interrupted by actress Allison Janney. “I haven’t had five minutes to bowl.”