For singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith, spring means giving back in the form of his annual USO Tour and his efforts on behalf of sick children and their families in his native Oklahoma. Toby Keith wrapped his 8th annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic with more than $650,000 raised toward construction of the OK Kids Korral.
Once again, the "Denim & Diamonds' themed event was sold out with more than 750 people attending the dinner and auction. The top auction item at the event was a dinner with Toby, which went for $52,000. Twice. That's right, the top two bidders each won a private meal with the acclaimed entertainer. The second-highest live auction item was an all-inclusive elk hunt at the Express UU Bar Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, including private jet transportation, which went for $30,000. Other top items included an all-inclusive Houston Astros suite and a spot in Tiger Woods Celebrity Pro Am. Nothing in the live auction sold for less than $7,000.
More than 100 auction items lined the tables at Riverwind Casino. Silent auction items included tickets to a Minnesota Vikings game against the Chicago Bears, including a meet-and-greet with All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson ($3,200), an autographed American Ride tour jacket and guitar ($6,000) and an Oklahoma University helmet signed by all the school's Heisman Trophy winners ($3,200).
The golf tournament winners were the Steve Owens Insurance Team (1st), the Access Sports Team (2nd) and the Flair Automotive/Enterprise Rent-A-Car Team (3rd). First time participant Keith Myers won a Ford F-150 in the Built Ford Tough Shootout.
The funds collected by the Toby Keith Foundation will go toward construction of the OK Kids Korral home for pediatric cancer patients and families near the OU Medical Center Children's Hospital. "It's slow gears turning, but it's going to be something that Oklahoma City can be really proud of when we're done with it," Keith recently told the Oklahoman. "It's just a long battle." For information, visit tobykeithfoundation.org