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02 July 2009
Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic Raises $550,000

Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic Raises $550,000
    Sixth Annual Ally's House Event Mixes Music, Sports & A Big Auction



(OKLAHOMA CITY) Toby Keith's sixth annual golf and music fundraising weekend to benefit Ally's House raised more than half-a-million dollars to help children with cancer and their families in Keith's native Oklahoma. The $550,000 raised brings the to-date total to nearly $3 million.

During the golf outing, Kelsey Cline won the Built Ford Tough Shootout and a brand new Ford F-150 truck. The dinner, music and auction gathering saw several big ticket items drawing huge bids. A dinner party for 20 with Toby Keith earned not one bid of $32,500, but two. The Alaskan Adventure with Deadliest Catch star and boat captain Sig Hansen brought in $13,000 and a Costa Rica getaway to the Four Seasons drew a $19,000 bid.

More than 40 sports and music celebrities were in attendance, including Keith's Beer For My Horses co-star and co-writer Rodney Carrington. Also present were OU head football coach Bob Stoops; gymnast Bart Conner; racecar driver Bobby Hillin, Jr.; basketball players Kevin Bookout, Kelly Newton and Nancy Lieberman; baseball's Roger Clemens, Kevin Gross and Mickey Tettleton and football players Stephen Alexander, Rocky Calmus, Ray Childress, Dan Cody, Cedric Jones, Steve Owens, Trent Smith and Jason White.

And Toby's not the only one raising money for Ally's House, as the organization recently received an astounding $130,966 donation from Santa Fe High School in Edmond, OK. The school's annual fundraising Double Wolf Dare Week found students and families braving a tornado that hit the community as well as the economic downturn to roar past their stated goal of raising $100,000 for a worthy charity.

And Ally's House is certainly worthy. Named for the late daughter of a former band mate of Keith's, the organization helps families with children in treatment for cancer meet medical, pharmacy and household expenses as they deal with one of life's most difficult challenges. Hundreds of Oklahoma families have already benefited from the care and support given by Ally's House. More information is available at www.allyshouse.net.

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