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Black Hole Fan Club charity benefit Friday

Silicon Mercury News

Kristin J. Bender | Oakland Tribune

The Oakland Raiders Black Hole Fan Club will help raise money Friday night for a Hayward school and for comedian George Lopez's charitable organization, which works to boost awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.

Lopez will be at Ricky's Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro for the fundraiser, which will benefit the George Lopez Foundation and the Elmhurst Learning Center in Hayward. Lopez, who was the host of "Lopez Tonight," a late-night talk show, and starred in the sitcom "George Lopez," also will be inducted into the Black Hole Fan Club, said club president Rob Rivera.

"For many years, we (did inductions) in a loose-knit fashion," Rivera said. "There wasn't a big production and a big deal. We'd just do it at a tailgate party or something. But last year was the first year we (had a big event.) It was so successful and people really loved it that this year we took it to a whole new level.

"It's all about saying thanks to (fans) for showing love to the Black Hole."'