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18 April 2011
STARS LINE UP FOR TOBY KEITH FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC

Auction Offerings Include Oprah's Favorite Things, Talk Show Package & More

(NORMAN, Okla.) Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith adds the "& Friends" to his annual Golf Classic for good reason – his very successful friends are very committed to his cause. And it's easy to understand why as Keith enters his eighth year addressing the needs of sick children and their families.

This year's Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic will further the Toby Keith Foundation's efforts to build the OK Kids Korral home for pediatric cancer patients and families near the OU Medical Center Children's Hospital. And that noble endeavor is drawing a host of celebrity support including Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner, entertainer Red Steagall, Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens and current and former NFL players including Cedric Jones, Roy Williams, Dermontti Dawson, Rocky Calmus, Tony Casillas and Joe Washington.

An evening of entertainment, fine food and live and silent auctions precedes the chance to golf with the aforementioned celebrities, with household names who aren't able to attend serving up some pretty impressive offerings. One package includes some of Oprah's "favorite things," including a branded tote bag, caps, a keychain, book cover, bistro mug, water bottles, fleece throw, a printed silk tie, a 4 x 6 frame, two crew shirts, a candle, teddy bear, and towel, as well as an autographed photo.

Other notable auction items range from a patriotically painted Art Deco studio grand piano and a Los Angeles Talk Show ticket package for Ellen, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live to experiences at a Chicago Bears game, a playing spot in the Chris Everett Celebrity Pro-Am Tennis Tournament, a Riviera Maya Resort vacation and two spots in the AT&T National Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

Silent auction items include memorabilia from the Texas Rangers, Muhammad Ali, Phil Mickelson, Keith Urban, Jimmy Buffet, Brad Paisley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Curt Schilling, Derek Jeter, Kurt Warner and, of course, numerous unique items from Toby Keith himself.

And it's all aimed at giving sick children and their families a helping hand. "OK Kids Korral is going to be different than any other facility in our area," Keith says. "We are doing our best to address issues that arise while a child is in treatment such as weakened immune systems and sensitivity to light. More than anything, we want it to be a home of inspiration, encouragement and hope."

Click here for information about the golf tournament or other ways to help build OK Kids Korral.



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