NORMAN, Okla. – Toby Keiths annual charity auction and golf tournament
continues to wow attendees, for lots of reasons. You may have heard
that hes raised an impressive $1.8 million for Oklahoma kids with
cancer. You may also know that each year he recruits a star-studded
celebrity guest list and also secures a phenomenal list of auction
items. But what you may not know about Tobys event is that is
qualifies as a major concert event in itself.
The 5th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic kicks off Friday, June 6th at the Riverwind Casino, with golf the following day at Belmar Golf Club. The Friday entertainment is shaping up to be major, with the singer-songwriter and entertainer Keith taking the stage himself. In this private party atmosphere, partygoers will likely hear the superstar performing tunes you dont get to hear on the regular tour in addition to a sampling from his long list of hits.
Keith has also recruited 70s supergroup Little River Band to join the party. Attendees will definitely recognize some of LRBs smashes like "Reminiscing," "Lonesome Loser," "Cool Change," "A Long Way There" and "Take It Easy on Me."
The opening band is local favorite Banana Seat, a 10-piece powerhouse specializing in 70s and 80s hits. Their diverse group covers everything from Donna Summer to Styx to Earth, Wind & Fire.
To top it off, recording artist and comedian, Rodney Carrington will act as MC for the evening. Carrington co-stars with Toby Keith in the upcoming film "Beer For My Horses" which is set to release on August 8th. The pair also co-wrote the screenplay.
"Each year, the event gets better and better," said local entrepreneur Hal Smith. "A lot of sick kids are helped. Ill keep coming back." Proceeds from the event go to Allys House, an organization that helps Oklahoma children with cancer and their families. Keith established the organization in 2004 in memory of Allison Webb, for whom the charity is named. To date, Keith and his foundation have raised nearly $1.8 million for Allys House.