Artists v. Writers 2020 Charity Challenge

Independent/Justin Meinken

The annual East Hampton Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game is a longtime competition between the two groups, where “celebrities play and everybody wins.”

This summer, the non-profit has started an Artists v. Writers 2020 Charity Challenge on GoFundMe. The goal is to raise $30,000 for four local charities, with 100 percent of net proceeds benefiting The Retreat, The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, East End Hospice and The Phoenix House.

You can click to donate to either the artists or the writers, adding to the tradition of friendly competition between the two. Place your bet, and your donation, on the team you think will win this year’s big game.

“Donate! Score a run for your team! Our four charities are essential first responders in this pandemic. Get in the game. Hit a home run. Help all four!” reads the GoFundMe page.

“We are still on and eager to do our part for our charities,” Benito Vila, president of the Artists & Writers Softball Game told The Independent in May.

According to the Artist & Writers’ website, the game is still slated for Saturday, August 15, at 3 PM. The annual game takes place each summer on the third Saturday in August. This year will mark the 72nd Anniversary.

“In the spirit of one of the longest continuing traditions on the East End, artists, writers, supporters and volunteers come together for entertainment, competition and fun to benefit local charities that provide vital human services. We ask your help in hitting it out of the park for the community we share and love,” reads the site.

“Every year on the third Saturday in August artists and writers step up to bat at Herrick Field in East Hampton to support local charities,” said Alec Baldwin in a video on the Artists & Writers’ website. “You never know who will show up.”

President Bill Clinton at last year’s game. Independent/Lisa Tamburini

Over the past seven decades, players have included the likes of Baldwin, President Bill Clinton, Lorraine Bracco, Jackson Pollock, Ed Burns, Dick Cavett, Chevy Chase, Willem de Kooning and Mark Feuersten, to name a few.

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