FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2014
TOBY KEITH’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT OK KIDS KORRAL
ALL PROCEEDS FROM 11TH ANNUAL TOBY KEITH & FRIENDS GOLF CLASSIC
BENEFIT HOUSING FOR CHILDREN BATTLING CANCER
(NORMAN, Okla.) 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, 2014 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, Toby acts as auctioneer and his friends help supply the fun all night long.
The Friday night invitation only event is 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 Oklahoma Tornado Relief 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 Toby Keith.
Since officially opening on January 7, 2014 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.
For information about the golf tournament or other ways to help support OK Kids Korral, visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.
About Toby Keith – From his first No. 1 smash “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” to his latest release Drinks After Work, Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. From one of his previous collections, Clancy’s Tavern, the lead single, “Made In America,” topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith’s pen. The second hit, “Red Solo Cup,” has become the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory with a viral video with more than 23 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs. His latest single, “Shut Up And Hold On,” hails from his current offering.
At the core of Toby’s unparalleled success is his songwriting, which has powered an astounding succession of hit songs to the tune of more than 80 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide. He has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International with its Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction, is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year and was named the American Country Awards’ Artist of the Decade.
His albums have sold more than 38 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard‘s Top 200 Artists of the Decade. Keith is also Billboard‘s No. 1 Country Artist of the Decade and No. 1 Country Songwriter of the Decade. His tours, including 2013’s Hammer Down Tour, long sponsored by Ford Trucks, have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last decade. His roster of I Love This Bar And Grill restaurants continues to grow, and his signature spirit Wild Shot has become the No. 1 premium mezcal in the U.S. These, among other endeavors, have earned Keith annual recognition from Forbes as one of the very top-earning entertainer/musicians in the world.
But Toby’s most rewarding experiences, as exhibited in his continual devotion to them, come from giving back. Whether it’s helping sick children and their families in his native Oklahoma through the Toby Keith Foundation or supporting US Troops including USO Tours throughout the world, Keith has never lost touch with the most important things in life.
About OK Kids Korral – OK Kids Korral was conceived to lessen the financial, physical and emotional burden on families battling cancer. Hotels are expensive, not clean enough for children with weakened immune systems and traveling takes an exhausting toll on an already sick child. The homelike environment brings families together that bear the same experience of caring for a child diagnosed with cancer.