Saturday, February 2, 2008

Matt Leinart welcomes visitors at party


Megan Finnerty
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 31, 2008 01:39 AM

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart hosted The Hills star Brody Jenner, pop star Nick Lachey and baseball player Reggie Sanders among hundreds of others at his Welcome to Arizona party Wednesday night at Olive & Ivy at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Leinart, wearing a dark suit but no tie, mingled during the live and silent auctions where current and past pro footballers and Valley socialites bid on a $25,000 Haimov watch, tickets to the Super Bowl and a trip to Idaho's Fairmont Tamarack, among other items to benefit the Matt Leinart Foundation's work with children.

"This is such a great cause," said Johnjay, of 104.7 KISS FM's Johnjay and Rich Show. "What the Matt Leinart Foundation does for children is unbelievable. He's got the biggest heart when it comes to kids."

Johnjay spent part of the night upping his initial $2,000 bid for a guitar autographed by U2 (a present to Rich). Others gossiped about which parties would be the hottest (50 Cent and Paris Hilton Thursday at the 944 Super Village), where Justin Timberlake might be Friday night (6 lounge in Scottsdale, with Joey

Fatone) and when Lachey would actually arrive (in 10 more minutes).

At about 8:30 p.m. Lachey , in a suit jacket and jeans, worked the red carpet, stopping only to talk to national media, and went inside, where he was promptly mobbed by photo-seekers and autograph hounds.

Jenner showed up at about 9:15, with friend Frankie Delgado, wearing a white undershirt and jeans.

The total amount raised for charity was not immediately available.