Artists & Writers Softball Game to Distribute $120,000 to Charities

Dan Rattiner Umps 65th Artists Writers Game
Dan Rattiner Calls the Pitch... Photo by Tom Ratcliffe III

The East Hampton Artists & Writers Softball Game is distributing $120,000 to their charities this week—just one week after the 65th annual game.

The Artists & Writers Game seeks to raise funds for agencies on the East End that provide vital human services. Leif Hope, long time organizer of the game, said he is extremely proud of the mix of charities—East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, The Phoenix House Adolescent Center in Wainscott, The Retreat and East End Hospice—which service the “full circle of life,” and noted each of the four will be receiving $30,000.

The 65th East Hampton Artists and Writers Softball Game was played on Saturday, August 17.

Ray Kelly, Matt Lauer and Dan Rattiner umpired the game, while former President Bill Clinton was named “Favorite Fan” and Juliet Papa announced. First-time Artists player Jamie Patricof earned the MVP distinction.

The Artists defeated the Writers 8–6. The winning team included Leif Hope, Eric Ernst, Ed Hollander, Jamie Patricof, Walter Bernard, Joel Perlman, Gregg Bello, Randall Rosenthal, rookie Nathan Sawaya (the LEGO sculptor), Polo artist Domingo Zapata and Lori Singer, among others.

On the Writers side, team members included captains Ken Auletta and Mike Lupica, along with Richard Reeves, Walter Isaacson, Carl Bernstein, Mort Zuckerman, Jim Leyritz, Al Franken, Rick Leventhal, Jay Cardiello and Richard Wiese.

Continue to support the charities through August 29th online at

Artists-Writers Game 2013 Artists Team

The Artists Team, photo by Tom Ratcliffe III

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