49er Ronnie Lott’s ‘Drive to Survive’ brings smiles and swings for Eric’s Vision


On April 10-11 2011 professional athletes as well as TV and movie  stars joined friends and family to support one of their own through the amazing work of charity Eric’s Vision.  Over the next two days several hundred people laughed and dined together, re-lived great music, movie and sports moments, golfed, and of course support Eric Scoggins’ postumous ALS work.

(from L to R) Eric Wright, Mike Sharrow, Ronnie Lott, Shonta Scoggins, Melanie Marquez, Dwight Hicks

The Southern California event started at the beautiful Castaway Restaurant nestled at the based of the San Gabriel mountains.  Legendary San Francisco 49ers Eric Wright and Dwight Hicks came out to support teammate and now Eric’s Vision President Ronnie Lott.

During the pre-dinner reception, laughs and stories mixed with top-shelf cocktails and hand-rolled Leon cigars.  Inside Mancave Memorabilia hosted a silent auction featuring sports, movies, music and more; from Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones signed guitars to a signed Joe Montana and Jerry Rice Jersey and Batman autographed pictures and DVD collections.

As the banquet hall filled, the mood turned more serious.  KFWB Radio’s Leo “The Film Freak” Quinones introduced Shonta Scoggins, Eric’s wife, and Mark Scoggins, Eric’s brother, to speak.  Tears and emotions slowly revealed themselves as the room remembered Eric and his courage both on and off the football field.

Eric’s Vision began because Eric Scoggins, teammate of Ronnie Lott at USC & with the San Francisco 49ers, was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in 2007.  Eric dreamed of finding a cure for ALS through various partnerships and with research studies ALSTDI.   He attacked the issue with the same passion that fueled his successful professional career and personal life.   Ronnie Lott became involved as the President and Board of Director of Eric’s Vision, with fellow 49er Keena Turner, as a way of honoring the memory of his friend, college roommate at USC, and fellow 49er.

Mark Scoggins remarked: “You gotta love them while they’re here.” He then looked around the full room, pulled back his emotions and brought on a wide smile: “Let’s keep having fun tonight.  For Eric.  Please drink, eat, give.”

The next morning, at Glendale’s Oakmont Country Club an fun mix of performers shared the greens with these athletes.  Dennis Haysbert, Richard Roundtree, Jason & Randy Sklar, Dave Annable, Christopher Judge, Jason London, Kevin Dobson joined Gary Plummer, Tony “The Tiger” Lopez, Mike Penberthy, Russ Ortiz and more.

Oddsmaker.com sponsors with 49er Eric Wright

After a day in the sun, this 2-day event was capped with a cocktail hour and dinner provided by Oakmont Country Club.  Generous sponsors Oddsmaker.com and Ruznak Audi Pasadena were present and honored.  A special recognition was given by Ronnie Lott to 19Events organizer and event coordinator, Mike Sharrow.

Eric’s Vision, a non-profit organization, aims to raise support for individuals battling ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), fund ALS cure-driven research (ALSTDI), and inspire further research by providing college scholarships to deserving high school students.

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