Every week, ordinary people do it on the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours. They may not be as ordinary as you or me, but they are average folks who happen to have a little extra money and happen to want to tee up with the touring pros to have a little fun and help out charities.
Since most of us cannot afford a few thousand dollars to play in a tour pro-am, we have to settle for just dreaming of it.
Well, now you have your chance. You may not get to play with Tiger or Phil or Ernie or Rory, but on Monday, Nov. 26, you can tee it up and play with a famous athlete or celebrity.
Champions Tour player and 1992 Senior U.S. Open Champion, Larry Laoretti, and legendary drummer and Bon Jovi band member, Tico Torres, are teaming up to host the 2012 Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic at the famed Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound.
This year's event promises to be a great day for golf and for kids with cancer in our area. To say the list of celebrities and sports figures has some of the biggest names is big is an understatement.
I could start a pretty good baseball team with the ball players participating in this event. Jim Palmer, and Jim Kaat would make a pretty solid front end of a starting rotation. Then I could put Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt at third. These guys may not play competitively on the diamond anymore but they are quite serious when it comes to golf and helping out children.
If you're into hockey and have a favorite player, there is a chance you could tee it up with Hall of Famers Clark Gillies or Bobby Orr. From the links, 1969 Open Champion and 1970 U.S. Open Champion Tony Jacklin joins Dana Quigley, Larry Ziegler, Michelle McGann and Jackie Gallager-Smith. Last year Jack and Barbara Nicklaus attended the awards dinner and participated in the live auction.
The event, which raises money for children with cancer on Florida's Treasure Coast, kicks off with a pre-tee cocktail party on Sunday, Nov. 25 at The Bear's Club, Jack's personal private club in Jupiter, where players will be paired with their celebrities. It's a great way to end the weekend and get ready for golf on Monday. You can hang out with the celebrities and enjoy an evening of relaxation.
Cancer is an emotionally and financially exhausting experience for many families. Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc.'s goal and purpose is to offer financial, as well as emotional and social support to children and families who have a family member going through treatment and who cannot otherwise obtain assistance. The charity's intent is to help with related daily living expenses, which negatively impact the family's health, well-being and quality of life.
Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc., through its partnerships, provides financial assistance for: transportation to and from treatment centers; non-covered medical and prescription expenses; rent or mortgage payments; automobile payments and maintenance; gift cards for food, gas and clothing; daily living expenses such as phone, water and electric and individual and/or family counseling.
In its 11-year existence, Celebrities Fore Kids has raised more than $1.5 million. In addition, along with the Robert & Carol Weissman Cancer Center, the charity has provided assistance to more than 100 Treasure Coast families with adults who have cancer and are supporting their minor children through a most difficult time.
The golf classic begins with registration and buffet luncheon beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. From there it's to the carts and the links with an 18-hole scramble beginning at noon, followed by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and an awards dinner. There will also be live and silent auctions featuring travel and vacation packages, golf certificates and memorabilia from the celebrities.
The Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to help out children who need our assistance as they battle a terrible condition. In return, you get a truly memorable day with one of your sports or celebrity heroes. The best part is while enjoying your day you will be helping Celebrities Fore Kids assist many children and their families in our area.
Sponsorship packages start at $150 with sponsor and play packages beginning at $1,500. If you'd prefer to just attend the luncheon, awards dinner or auction, there are packages available for those, as well.
The field is limited, so please sign up as early as possible to ensure your place in the field. Corporate sponsorships are also available.
To enter yourself or group, or for more information, call (772) 781-7943 or visit the website at www.celebritiesforekids.org.
James Stammer has been an avid golfer and golf enthusiast for nearly 40 years. He hosts the Thursday night golf show on WSTU 1450-AM. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.