June 29, 2011
I know I've kinda been m.i.a. lately but I'm in the process of getting ready to move. But be sure and stay tuned into the k.nu twitter! Most of my info dealing with Chris is coming from there lately. I will hopefully get around to updating the site with all the stuff once I get settled in. =)
June 6, 2011
Golf benefit attracts celebs
ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer
Local golfers went head to head with some big names Friday at the Kiwanis Club of South Lake's second annual Celebrity Golf Challenge for one purpose -- to raise money for the children of South Lake.
"I love it. It's great to be able to support such a great cause. Anything for the kids. They are the future of our country," Pro Wrestler Tonga "King Haku" Fifita said.
In all, 120 local golfers, along with about 30 celebrities and celebrity captains registered at the Bella Collina Club House for the tournament.
Television actor Brian Patrick Clarke, who appeared in "Eight is Enough" and "General Hospital," and Kathy Johnson, a USA Olympic Medalist in gymnastics, kicked off the event with introductions and well wishes as the teams readied for the 9 a.m. shotgun start.
"Its nice to see celebrities taking some time out for events like these, supporting the community, the kids and having fun," said Clermont resident Gary Gamache, who golfed alongside former Magic basketball forward guard Anthony Bowie.
Gamache, along with team members Tony Rodrigues and Galen Gritzer, claimed to have had the best team with Bowie as its captain.
"It's all about enjoying yourself and joining in the fun for such great cause. I had a great time with a great bunch of guys," Bowie said.
As the day unfolded, players continued to mingle with stars, like N Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick, MLB umpire Rocky Roe, Curtis Leskanic of the Boston Red Sox, NBA's Greg Kite of the Boston Celtics, NFL's Don Nottingham of the Miami Dolphins, Beau Jarrell of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, PBA's all time great Walter Ray Williams, NHL's Wayne Cashman of the Boston Bruins and WWE's Scotty 2 Hotty.
The players had high hopes of winning some of the great prizes awaiting them at the clubhouse or a new car, offered by Ford of Clermont, for a hole in one.
"It was a fantastic event with all these professional athletes and it's so fun to hear all the athletic chatter out on the course," Kiwanis members Larry King said.
Kiwanis member and event chairman Gary Tolley said he was pleased with the outcome.
"Our goal is to make lasting memories, have fun and raise money that goes right back to our kids," Tolley said. "And it amazes me to see how so many from the world of sports, theater and arts, just give of themselves so readily and how so many local people rally around us to do good for others."
Kiwanis member Ann Dupee said that for 20 years the Kiwanis Club of South Lake's golf tournaments followed the norm as far as fundraising goes.
Last year, Tolly decided to bring in some celebrity names to increase participation.
In two years, he said, it's already grown tremendously.
Tolley said last year's inaugural event topped out at 80 golfers, 12 celebrities and $10,000 raised. Friday's event brought in 120 golfers, 30 celebrities and at least $12,000 for programs and organizations the Kiwanis Club supports, such as Terrific Kids, Boys and Girls Club, Math Superstars, Head Start, College Scholarships and the Cooper Memorial Library.
Next year, Tolley said the plans for the third annual Celebrity Golf Challenge may require using two courses.
As for the winners, it was low netters Keith Mullins of Bacchus Vino, Etc. and Dwayne Flannery of Full Line Beauty Supply who topped the list.