(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Singer, songwriter and entrepreneur Toby Keith has a single screaming up the charts, a tour starting June 18 and a record label to oversee, but as he does every year, he's keeping his priorities in order. Last month it was his seventh USO Tour to the Middle East in support of U.S. soldiers. Next month it's his Sixth Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic benefiting Ally's House.
Set for June 12-13 in Keith's native Oklahoma, the event promises its typically exceptional mixture of golf, world-class music and a stunning auction. Items available this year during a live auction include trips to Dancing With The Stars, Dr. Phil and All My Children tapings, a trip to the McGetrick Golf Academy, a day on the Deadliest Catch boat Northwestern with Capt. Sig, a cruise with Lynyrd Skynyrd and trips to the Hamptons, Costa Rica, Lambeau Field and an Ultimate Fighting event. Not to mention a dinner for 20 with Toby Keith himself.
Also on the block in a silent auction: His and her Buddy scooters. Accommodations in Destin, FL, Aspen, San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. A PGA package, a CMA Music Festival package, a Las Vegas golf lesson package, a Chicago Cubs game package. Tickets to a Jimmy Buffet show, Texas Motor Speedway, OU vs. Tulsa, OU vs. Texas, a George Strait concert, a Texas Rangers game for 20 guests. Sports memorabilia from John Elway, Scottie Pippen, Brett Favre, Brooks Robinson, Boston Red Sox, Dallas Stars, Jimmie Johnson, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Wizards, Dallas Cowboys, Sugar Ray Leonard, LeBron James, Detroit Red Wings, Oklahoma Sooners and more. And of course, plenty of goodies from Keith's friends in country music.
After a round of golf, one participant will also walk away with a new truck that is being generously given by the Ford Motor Company (for whom Keith is a spokesperson). As has become tradition every year, the donated truck will be awarded to the golfer who wins the tournament's "closest to the pin" contest.
And it's all in the name of a brave little girl whose illness and passing was the inspiration for Ally's House and touched Keith personally. "Ally fought her cancer about a year, and she wanted at least one parent with her all the time and Scott and Linda both work," Keith said following the 2008 event. "A year is a long time to juggle that kind of life and that's what happens time and again. Family needs vary from medical and pharmacy bills to rent and utility payments. They also have expenses for lodging, food, health insurance premiums or deductibles. Ally's House helps pay different bills based on what that family needs." Hundreds of Oklahoma families have already benefited from the care and support given by Ally's House. More information is available at Allys' House.