Toby Keith has always been willing to help sick children and their families. Last weekend, his 9th Annual Toby Keith Friends Golf Classic raised $664,000, outperforming the 2011 total ($650,000) and bringing the OK Kids Korral one step closer to reality. Or rather, one shovelful closer.
The event kicked off in Oklahoma City with a groundbreaking for the facility, which will offer a place of respite to those seeking treatment at OU Medical Center Children’s Hospital and other nearby facilities. “In my job, you get to go to a lot of places and see a lot of things, but there’s not much in my world that’s more gratifying or important than helping these families,” Toby says. “Turning dirt on this project is a big moment for me and a lot of other people who’ve been a part of making it happen.”
After the groundbreaking, it was on to the event’s dinner and auction. Top-earning items included an autographed Three Stooges piece and a trip to visit the crew of the Time Bandit from Discovery’s hit show Deadliest Catch. Both drew a winning bid of $25,000. A Brush Creek Ranch stay ($20,000), Hollywood package ($14,000), Phil Mickelson pin flag set ($10,000) and autographed Rolling Stones guitar ($5,500) were among the night’s big tickets. Three items from Toby himself drew $30,000.
On the links the following day, the team led by Dr. Jim Rohrer won the tournament, with Tony Baldridge taking home a new truck in the Built Ford Tough Shootout. For information about the golf tournament or OK Kids Korral, visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.