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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Behind the red carpet at Tuck's event

By Ohm Youngmisuk

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Justin Tuck hosted the 5th Annual Celebrity Billiards Tournament last Thursday at Slate.
Justin Tuck was standing on the red carpet posing for pictures with celebrities when an old friend gave him a big bear hug.

Osi Umenyiora came out to attend Tuck's charity billiards event at Slate last week, and the two quickly caught up and shared some laughs.

Tuck and his pregnant wife, Lauran, had another successful night for their charity R.U.S.H. for Literacy. The couple helped raised $460,000 to bring R.U.S.H. past the $2 million mark since the charity’s inception in 2008. Attendees of this year’s event also helped the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund with $25,000 of the net proceeds donated to schools affected by Hurricane Sandy.

While you may not have been at his celebrity charity event, ESPNNewYork.com takes you inside the red carpet as we do every year at Tuck's party.

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Many stars were in attendance, including pool player Jeanette "The Black Widow" Lee.
Many of the same familiar faces showed up to support Tuck like professional pool goddess Jeanette "The Black Widow" Lee, actresses Vivica Fox and Melissa Joan Hart, comedian/actor Anthony Anderson, former Knick John Starks, Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and Naughty by Nature. Teammates like Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Antrel Rolle, Chris Snee, Terrell Thomas and several other Giants also attended or played in the billiards tournament.

Tuck's event allows fans who purchased a ticket to mingle in a club-like atmosphere with athletes and celebrities. Downstairs, two Giants fans raved about how nice Thomas and first-round pick Justin Pugh were. There was also a table full of sandwiches courtesy of one of Tuck's biggest sponsors -- Subway. Upstairs, fans ate pizza from Umberto's and ice cream and listened to old school music spun by DJ Mad Linx.

The dance area, though, was crowded as fans lined up to snap pictures with Jason Kidd and Brooklyn Nets' point guard Deron Williams. The two repeatedly posed for several pictures with fans as the two caught up at the party. Not long after those two left, Cruz walked in and was mobbed by friends and fans as the receiver politely and patiently took several pictures with fans.

Not far away, "The Black Widow" took on challengers at her table and had fun toying with those who dared to play against her all for a good cause.

"It is our passion and a fun way to come out and raise money for a great cause," said Tuck, who also hosted his football camp of over 325 kids in Englewood, N.J. last weekend. "I got a lot of great friends here. For me education is a passion. Me and my wife talked about it when we started this about five years ago.

"We said if you are building a house of education, how would you build it," Tuck continued. "You got to start with the foundation. And we feel the foundation for education is literacy. That is how we chose literacy as a champion cause."

Diehl on concussions: On Monday night, David Diehl spoke at a seminar on the dangers of concussions in youth sports at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J.

Diehl was the spokesperson for the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes at Barnabas Health. Joined by John Gallucci, Jr., president of JAG Physical Therapy, Diehl spoke to 125 local coaches, athletic trainers and athletic administrators about taking the necessary time to recover from a head injury.

Diehl stressed that "sitting out a season could give you back the rest of your life to live."