Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith is at it again - good friends, a little music, a little golf and a lot of money for a great cause. The 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic will be held May 15-16, 2015 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma. The event's namesake minces no words when it comes to his annual charity fundraiser.
"This event and our USO Tours are the best things we get to do all year," says Toby Keith. "I've been blessed with healthy kids, and I'm more than blessed to bring a bunch of folks together who want to help folks who haven't. The great time we have - and we do have one, now - is a far distant second to making a difference for kids and families right here where we live."
Roughly 750 attendees are expected at Friday (5/15) night's dinner, which will include live and silent auctions. Serving as the evening's host and auctioneer, Toby also brings in some friends for a musical performance. Live auction items include four tickets to the British Open, a trip to Cabo and a Dallas Cowboys Founders Club experience with private jet.
More than 100 silent auction items include memorabilia from Miranda Lambert, Larry Bird, Jason Aldean, George Strait, Tony Romo, Luke Bryan, The Highwaymen (Cash, Willie, Waylon, Kristofferson), Phil Mickelson, Eli Manning, Roger Clemens, Roger Federer, Jack Nicklaus, Tim Tebow, Ted Nugent, Mia Hamm, Greg Jennings and Nolan Ryan.
Saturday's twin shotgun golf starts will feature 120 golfers and celebrities in the morning and 144 more in the afternoon. Both will have first and second place winners, and the winner of the Built Ford Tough Shootout will drive off in a new Ford Truck.
As always, the event benefits the Toby Keith Foundation and its work with OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The Korral has been open just over a year and has already helped thousands of family members as it reduces the physical, emotional and financial cost of traveling to and from treatments. For information visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.