(NORMAN, Okla.) Golf, music, dining and unparalleled live and silent auctions are on tap as singer, songwriter, entertainer and philanthropist Toby Keith hosts the 15th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic June 1-2 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma. As always, the "Denim & Diamonds" themed event benefits The Toby Keith Foundation's efforts in support of OK Kids Korral, a no-cost home for children battling cancer.
The Koons (l to r): Abigail, Alaythia, Adley, Eric (father), Goldie (mother), Andrew, Anista, Adoniram, Ashlyn, Avia, and Asher
"We have come to call the Korral our second home," says Goldie Koons, whose daughter has been through two battles with cancer. "Without the Korral in our life we would be in debt ... we would be scattered. Being able to stay together during treatments helps us keep it together emotionally, too. The love and generosity of all who are involved is humbling and amazing. It doesn't matter where a family is from or who they are, the Korral staff go above and beyond to be a blessing."
As the principal fundraising event for the facility, the Golf Classic features a 44-team double shotgun start, but it is the Friday night kick-off party offering as much if not more action. Restless Heart are this year's musical guests, following prior years that featured Blake Shelton, John Anderson, Little River Band, David Allan Coe, The Gatlin Brothers and others. Prior attendees also know to expect the event's namesake to jump into the onstage offerings as well.
Beyond the music and fine dining, the evening also includes live and silent auctions of items and experiences that are often priceless. This year looks to be no exception.
Sports memorabilia highlights include a helmet signed by future NFL Hall of Famer Jason Witten, Master's items autographed by legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, and an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball inked by greats Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Other autographed items are available from James Harden, LeBron James, Joe DiMaggio, Nick Foles, Mia Hamm, Jim Brown, Derek Jeter and more.
Entertainment related items feature autographed Rocky movie memorabilia and an autographed "Lucille" bat from The Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Signed guitars will be offered from Metallica, Carrie Underwood, the late Tammy Wynette, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, and Toby Keith with Kid Rock. Not to mention an extremely rare Elvis Presley autographed guitar.
Experiences include joining Guy Fieri on the set of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives; a weekend getaway to Carlton Landing; tickets and hotel to Disney World, and a trip to Scottsdale. A private and luxurious trip for two to Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah will also be auctioned. Sports experiences include a tour of Boston's Fenway Park and tickets to a Red Sox game, and box suite seats to an Oklahoma vs. Kansas football game.
Other offerings include art by local and OK Kids Korral featured artists Ryan Cunningham and Sarah Harless, custom furniture by Lorec Ranch, and jewelry and handbags from Rustic Cuff, Kendra Scott, BC Clark, Bob Berg and more.
Learn more about the event and OK Kids Korral at www.tobykeithfoundation.org.