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21 May 2015
Toby Keith Sets Fundraising Record With Golf Classic
Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith is used to putting big numbers on the board - he's been doing it as one of music's top performers and earners for years. Some numbers mean a little more, though, like the $1.2 million generated for The Toby Keith Foundation at the  12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic  over the weekend.
 
Held May 15-16, 2015 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma, this year's classic topped 2013's record of $1,037,000 and was fueled by a live auction that brought in more than $575,000 dollars. The top drawing item was a week's stay at Toby Keith's house in Cabo, Mexico. The winning bid was $70,000. Twice.

 

Other live auction items included an outing with pro golfer Anthony Kim ($24,500), a Highwaymen signed guitar ($24,000), a John Deere Gator ($22,000), custom Toby Keith guitar ($20,000), and  CMT Music Awards  and British Open packages, each going for $20,000.

 

Silent auction items drawing high bids included Miranda Lambert tickets, a George Strait autographed hat and a series of three guitar paintings signed by Keith. On the golf course, the Built Ford Tough Shootout winner, Frank Starr, donated his new Ford truck back to The Toby Keith Foundation.
Toby Keith, Sawyer Beard, and McCoy Beard
Barry Switzer, McCoy Beard, Machelle Beard, Shawn Beard, Sawyer Beard, and Toby Keith

 

All proceeds benefit the foundation's efforts to build and support OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Opened a year ago, the facility has already helped thousands of family members as it reduces the physical, emotional and financial cost of traveling for treatments. For information visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.

Morning winning golf team:
Merv Johnson, William Payne, Ryan Nye, Hunter Buick, John English, Armando Rosell

 

 

Below, The Shoot Out winner of the Ford Truck, Frank Starr, with

Toby Keith, graciously donated his BIG WIN back to the foundation

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