NCIS Star Mark Harmon In Oklahoma For Charity


Friday, May 13th 2011, 5:51 pm
By: News 9


Deanne Stein, News9.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The star of one of the most popular shows on TV is in Oklahoma this weekend to give back. NCIS star Mark Harmon arrived at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Friday with his entourage, better known as the Bombers.

The group is here for the 11th annual Mark Harmon Celebrity Weekend, which includes a bowling tournament, silent auction and baseball game.

Each year, the money raised during this event goes to charity. This year, Harmon has chosen to give to Anna's House, the Ronald McDonald House and the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.

This will be the third year he has chosen the Indian Clinic, so the team spent part of their day Friday touring the facilities and dancing a Native American dance called the Choctaw Stealing Partners Dance.

"To choose the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic means the world to us because without his contribution we would not be able to expand our pediatric services like we've been able to do for the past two years that he's been here, so it's a tremendous help for us," says Robyn Sunday-Allen, CEO of the OKC Indian Clinic.

To date, Harmon has raised more than $200,000 for the clinic, which has help build the Harmon-y Pediatric Clinic.

"It's exceptional to come back a year later and see the results of the success of the charity and that they're putting it to good use, and making progress with the kids," say Mark Harmon, star of the CBS hit show, NCIS. "This is why we do it, so to actually come back and lean against the wall you help put there, means something to all of us."

The clinic serves around 16,000 Indian patients who live in the metro area, 25 percent of those being children. And with the continued support, it hopes to expand those services.

"I've always liked Oklahoma," says Harmon. "I always like the people, like the values and at the same time, if we can do this and put something back into it and do something after we're gone, all the better."

Friday night, the charity is holding a bowling event and silent auction. On Saturday, May 14th, the celebrity baseball game will be open to the public at the Brick beginning at 3 p.m. That's when Harmon's bombers will take on Dr. Michael Wright's local team, the "Outlaws."

You just have to purchase a T-shirt for 15 dollars at the ballpark and that gets you two tickets to the game.