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August 20, 2010 |  6:31 pm
Those of you whose sides just finally recovered from the laugh-riot news that Matt Kemp was nominated as the Dodgers’ rep for a hustle award, you might want to skip over this one.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League has a foundation gala Saturday to honor those who have had a major impact on the community.

This year’s award goes to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca . . . and Frank McCourt.

I know, not fair, those sides still sore from the Kemp revelation. Take a minute.

The LAPPL’s Eagle and Badge Foundation Gala will present the "In the Line of Duty -- Legacy Award, which recognizes individuals who have had a major impact on the community and established remarkable legacies.’’

And, really, who has established a more remarkable legacy in the past year than Frank McCourt?

In case you’re wondering, tickets are still available at $300 a pop (818-994-4661).

The foundation is a charitable organization that provides funding to families of police officers and the children in the communities where they serve. Hopefully without paying McCourt’s personal assistant one-fourth of their annual budget.

Guess there aren’t a lot of federal and state income taxes that filter down to the LAPD.

The night does have its attractions, however. The will be a live auction conducted by actress Sharon Stone. Guess this is the Stone from "Law & Order’’ and not "Basic Instinct.’’

-- Steve Dilbeck