Nick-naming the 13th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic "Lucky 13" may prove to be prophetic if a quick sellout is any indication. Team slots for the June 4 shotgun start golf tournament have been filled but there's more to the event than playing the links with an assemblage of sports and music royalty. The June 3 "Denim & Diamonds" gala and dinner preceding the golf is getting a lot bigger.
Among the new live auction items is a golf package that visits five Irish castles, a South African rifle and bow hunt, a signed and framed piece from the estate of Ronald and Nancy Reagan and a rare signed album by Elvis Presley.
Additions to the silent auction include high-end furniture and jewelry. Sports memorabilia has been contributed by Cam Newton, the Chicago Bulls, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Peyton Manning, Roger Clemens, the Boston Red Sox, Mia Hamm, Greg Jennings, Eli Manning, Nolan Ryan and Calvin Johnson. Music items feature stars including Jimmy Buffett, Ted Nugent, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, George Lopez, Flaming Lips and Heart.
"Selling all 44 golf teams so quickly shows us that our event brings the perfect combination of fun and giving back to the community. It's very inspiring to have that kind of response," says Toby Keith Foundation Executive Director Juliet Nees-Bright. "And we are excited to bring more than 120 unique
items to the event this year. With the addition of mobile bidding we hope to see a few playful bidding wars while bringing some efficiencies to the auction process."
For the first time, the golf classic has partnered with GiveSmart, allowing attendees to bid via their mobile devices as they mix and mingle at the music and fine dining event.
And while they may need a little luck winning the items they most desire, the real winners are sick children and their families who benefit from the good work of The Toby Keith Foundation. The organization supports OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families being treated at the Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center and other nearby facilities. More information is available here.
This annual two-day event has raised millions since its inception.
About OK Kids Korral:
A cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families being treated in Oklahoma City, the facility has been open for two years. In 2014, the Korral hosted 390 family visits ranging from overnight stays to months at a time. Last year, that almost doubled to 720 family visits. On average, families stay four times annually and each visit lasts about five days.