September 23, 2002 01:00 PM

Air Jordan made another slam dunk this weekend, raising nearly $500,000 at the second annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, reports.

The celebrity showdown paired world-class athletes, including Dan Jansen, Boris Becker and Ron Harper, against such show-biz participants as Aidan Quinn, Angie Everhart and Beverly Johnson.

“Everybody deserves a little bit of a vacation,” Jordan, 39, told before teeing off. “They come down here, play golf and enjoy themselves.”

Everhart, 33, termed the weekend, “Amazing golfing by day and killer parties at night.”

She demonstrated the latter claim personally. Saturday night, the redhead, who will appear in a risky live fire stunt this week on “Celebrity Daredevil,” turned up the heat on the dance floor when multiplatinum recording artist Brian McKnight performed at the nearby Atlantis resort.

“Goldmember” costar Beyonce Knowles, 21, paid a surprise visit to the gala. (She had not been one of the VIPs listed on the guest roster.) R&B star Jay Z, 31, was also on hand.

Jordan’s weekend event will benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of North Carolina, the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago and the Scout Association of The Bahamas. On Oct. 19, NBC plans to broadcast the celebrity golf match, so viewers can tune in to see which star has the best swing.

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