Oklahoma music superstar Toby Keith has been hosting the annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic for more than a decade. This year’s event is set for May 16-17 and will feature a live auction, nearly 100 silent auction items, fabulous food, great entertainment, and a celebrity-filled round of golf. For the opening festivities, Keith acts as auctioneer, and his friends help supply the fun all night long.
The Friday night invitation-only event will be packed with 750 guests who will bid on auction items including an African safari, a stay at The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming, a guitar signed by the OK Twister Relief Concert artists, a bull elk hunt, and autographed items from Colin Kaepernick, Kurt Warner, Derek Jeter, Dan Marino, Nolan Ryan, Ken Stabler, Phil Mickelson, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Buffett, Jason Aldean, George Straight and many more. The ladies can also bid on a bohemian black and white crystal chandelier, custom jewelry from SL Designs, a basket of Ree Drummond’s (“The Pioneer Lady”) favorite things, a trip to Lake Tahoe and a fur coat.
The next morning, 200 golfers will have a great time with the celebrities who attend the event.
Some of the celebrities include Dermontti Dawson, Tony Casillas, Roy Williams, Sam Bowie, Nancy Lieberman and Red Steagall, The golf event has grown to include two shotgun starts and ends with the Built Ford Tough Shootout where someone will win a new Ford Truck.
The 11th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic benefits OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients, and is the largest event The Toby Keith Foundation hosts.
“We work on this event for months and months because we know it helps keep all the great things at the OK Kids Korral up and running,” said Keith in a news release.
Since officially opening on Jan. 7, the Korral has had more than 75 family visits with stays ranging from one day to eight weeks. Also, more than 20 volunteer groups have come in to cook for the families and help clean and organize.
“Our families inspire us every day. The work that goes into the Golf Classic is well worth the reward of staying open for the families who need us,” said Juliet Nees-Bright, executive director of The Toby Keith Foundation, in the release.
For information about the golf tournament or other ways to help support OK Kids Korral, go to www.tobykeithfoundation.org.