Queen Latifah, Brian McKnight Join Ray Allen For B-Ball

Brian McKnight, Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, and "Magic" Johnson are just a few of the folks teaming up with NBA star Ray Allen for his third annual Ray Allen Celebrity Weekend, a special charity event to benefit his Ray of Hope Foundation.

The four-day event takes place in Hartford, Connecticut beginning August 27 and will include an NBA-sanctioned basketball game, the Ray Allen Celebrity Cruise on the Connecticut River, a Celebrity Softball Game, and the Ray of Hope Charity Golf Tournament.

Others expected to turn up for the benefit include Branford Marsalis, Kenny Lattimore, and Tyra Banks, as well as NBA stars Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, Penny Hardaway, and Marcus Camby.

The Ray of Hope Foundation provides sports-related, community-based programming and avenues of opportunity through which area youth can hope to realize their full potential.

In its brief history, the Foundation has donated more than $200,000 to several Hartford-area charities,

including the local chapter of the United Way.