Steve Lapin, owner of three dealerships in the Los Angeles area, spends much of his free time indulging twin passions -- music and sports.
At 61, he still plays in a men's baseball league and also plays guitar in a rock band he started called The Lapdogs. A few years ago Lapin decided to combine the two loves by playing music to raise money for Little League teams.
"The band started on a lark, but we wanted to do something good," says Lapin. "We have given a lot of money to Little Leagues in depressed areas in southern California."
Each summer for the past three years, The Lapdogs -- whose members work at Lapin's dealerships -- have put on a concert and auction in the Los Angeles suburb of Agoura.
Items auctioned off include hitting lessons from Lapin's friend, former Los Angeles Dodger Reggie Smith, and baseball and music memorabilia.
About 500 people attended last year's event, which raised about $25,000, says Steve Bland of Big Logo Advertising, which handles Lapdog Motors' public relations.
In 2009, Lapin founded the MVP Sports Foundation to funnel money to Little Leagues and funds scholarships for junior college athletes who want to go on to four-year colleges.
The Pacoima Little League, in an area that is a hotbed for gang activity, received $5,000 last year from the foundation, says Ruben Carranza, president of the Pacoima Little League.
Lapin's company, Lapdog Motors, includes three Los Angeles-area dealerships: Nissan of Valencia, Infiniti of Thousand Oaks and Volvo of Calabasas. Lapin became a dealer principal in 1999 when he bought Infiniti of Thousand Oaks.
He studied accounting at Cal State Northridge, where he was on the basketball team.
"My involvement in sports taught me to be tenacious," he says. "That has helped me in business."