TOBY KEITH & FRIENDS RAISE $ 664,000 FOR OK KIDS KORRAL
The event kicked off in Oklahoma City with a groundbreaking for the facility, which will offer a place of respite to those seeking treatment at OU Medical Center Children's Hospital and other nearby facilities. "In my job, you get to go to a lot of places and see a lot of things, but there's not much in my world that's more gratifying or important than helping these families," Keith says. "Turning dirt on this project is a big moment for me and a lot of other people who've been a part of making it happen."
After the groundbreaking, it was on to the event's dinner and auction. Top-earning items included an autographed Three Stooges piece and a trip to visit the crew of the Time Bandit from Discovery's hit show Deadliest Catch. Both drew a winning bid of $ 25,000. A Brush Creek Ranch stay ($ 20,000), Hollywood package ($ 14,000), Phil Mickelson pin flag set ($ 10,000) and autographed Rolling Stones guitar ($ 5,500) were among the night's big tickets. Three items from Toby himself drew $ 30,000.
On the links the following day, the team led by Dr. Jim Rohrer won the tournament, with Tony Baldridge taking home a new truck in the Built Ford Tough Shootout. For information about the golf tournament or OK Kids Korral, visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org .
Above Photo ID: (left to right) Zac Hudson, Manhattan Construction, Project Manager, Xavier Neira, Oklahoma Director for Manhattan Construction, Dr. Robert Mannel, Director of the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center, Tricia Covel, Ken Rowe, Vice President of Administration and Finance, OU Health Sciences Center, Dr. Dewayne Andrews, Senior Vice President and Provost, Executive Dean OU College of Medicine, Ronald Skip Kelly, Oklahoma City Council member Ward 7, Jari Askins, Associate Provost for External Relations at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Toby Keith, Brock Hart - guest speaker, Jay Hart - Brock's father and guest speaker, Mayor Mick Cornett, Ashley McCown, cancer survivor and Toby Keith Foundation Advisory Council Member, Armando Rosell, lawyer at Mulinix, Ogden, Hall and Ludlam and Toby Keith Foundation Advisory Council Member, Juliet Nees-Bright, Toby Keith Foundation Executive Director, Shane Fernandez, Crafton Tull Corporate Director of Architecture, Dr. Julie Hager MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Toby Keith Foundation Advisory Council Member, Keith Wilson, Executive Vice President at Interbank and Toby Keith Foundation Advisory Council Member, and James Boggs, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at Midfirst Bank.
Photo ID: Victoria Knisley, 6, with Toby Keith. Victoria has Wilm's Tumors and lives with her grandparents in the panhandle of Oklahoma. It is about a five-hour drive one way to the hospital for each of her treatments. Soon families like hers will be able to stay at the OK Kids Korral.