Music, Sports & Entertainment Intersect To Fund The OK Kids Korral
Toby Keith’s annual fundraising fiesta returns this month with more stars, more fun, more one-of-kind auction items and, ultimately, more support for critically ill children and their families. The Toby Keith and Friends Sweet 16 Golf Classic returns to Norman, OK’s Riverwind Casino and Belmar Golf Club May 31st-June 1st.
The Denim & Diamonds themed event kicks off Friday, May 31st at Riverwind for dinner, live and silent auctions and the music of Eddy Raven, among others. The next morning it’s off to Belmar for the double shotgun start of the event’s celebrity-studded golf tournament. A record-setting 53 teams will compete for prizes.
If the past 15 years are any indication, the Classic’s live and silent auctions will draw some truly remarkable bids. Among the items available are a day on set with Billy Bob Thornton, a visit to The Voice set, a Jimmy Buffett concert and meet & greet, and golf experiences at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Lexus Champions for Charity National Championship.
Sports items available include a basketball signed by Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson; an Earl Campbell autographed helmet; a Troy Aikman autographed jersey; an autographed item from Tiger Woods at the Masters; a signed Bo Jackson Raiders helmet; and a basketball autographed by Julius “Dr. J.” Erving.
Music and entertainment offerings include a Lady Gaga autographed movie photo, an Abbey Road album signed by Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, a Garth Brooks signed drum head, a guitar autographed by Jason Aldean and a Bohemian Rhapsody movie photo signed by Oscar winner Rami Malek. Concert/show tickets are also available for Hamilton in Oklahoma City, Big & Rich, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and George Lopez.
Trips for auction include a weekend getaway to Carlton Landing, OK; a stay in Zihuatanejo, Mexico; an all-inclusive fishing trip in Rockport, TX; and a Hall’s Bayou (TX) wetlands duck hunt. Also up for auction is art by Oklahoma’s own Tim Kenney, a custom furniture piece from Lorec Ranch, and patio furniture from J.C. Swanson.
Additionally, the auction is available online, with public bidding beginning May 27th. And it all benefits the good of the Toby Keith Foundation’s OK Kids Korral, a no-cost home for children battling cancer, and their families.
Ashley Sanchez’s son Denton has been staying at the facility off and on since 2016. “Denton considers the Korral his second home and loves everyone there,” she says. “We celebrated his sixth birthday at OK Kids Korral and were supported by our family, our Korral friends and people who came together to make the day uplifting and memorable. The Korral does more than save us time and money, it gives us a life full of love.”
Over the previous 15 years, the Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic has raised $12.4 million to fund construction and operation of the OK Kids Korral.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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