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Third annual Golf Classic again a success

Jeter's celebrity event raised over $600,000, doubling last year's total

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01/16/2006 6:00 PM ET

On Monday, Jan. 16, Derek Jeter hosted his third annual Celebrity Golf Classic, presented by The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, Inc. at the Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Fla. 24 foursomes and more than 30 friends and fellow celebrities joined Derek to raise money for his Turn 2 Foundation at this sold-out event!

Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan catch up during the Classic. (Courtesy/Eileen Barroso)

Derek was able to round up a First Class team of celebrities to donate their time and effort in helping his foundation. Included in this roster were: Miguel Cairo, Robinson Cano, Harry Carson, David Cone, Johnny Damon, Carl Everett, Andres Galarraga, Courtney Hansen, Allan Houston, Reggie Jackson, Andruw Jones, Michael Jordan, David Justice, Jim Leyritz, Brittany Lincicome, Gavin Maloof, Tino Martinez, Fred McGriff, Charles Oakley, Jorge Posada, Tim Raines, Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, John Starks, Tanyon Sturtze, Lawrence Taylor, Leeann Tweeden, Gerald Williams, John Starks and Don Zimmer.

This three-day event kicked off on Saturday evening with the first-ever Launch Party at Rattlefish Raw Bar and Grill. Sponsors and celebrities mingled and dined on hors d'oeuvres before dancing the night away. The following day, guests were able to get in a practice round of golf before the evening festivities. Derek hosted a Draw Party at the Avila Golf & Country Club where guests and celebrities dined on a delicious dinner buffet catered by LeeRoy Selmon's. Unique auction packages headlined the silent auction and several celebrities were auctioned off LIVE by Harold Reynolds, the emcee for the third year in a row. Harold, with a little help from Reggie Jackson, egged on the bidders to "bid higher," helping to auction off the celebrities at significant prices!

On Monday morning, with a 10:30 shotgun start, the tournament began. Derek played a par-3 hole, greeting all of the foursomes and playing as part of their group at that hole. A fun time was had by all, with lots of stories and laughter, and an occasional ball in the sandtrap or water hazard. The team that finished in first place (gross) was the Cortex Resort Living group, led by none other than Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez. Second place gross award went to JP Morgan Private Client Services led by Leeann Tweeden, model and correspondent for Fox's Best Damn Sports Show Period.

This was an extremely successful event that would not have been possible without the support of our Presenting Sponsor, The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, Inc.; Official Airline Sponsor, Continental Airlines; Official Hotel Sponsor, The Quorum Hotel, and all of our other gracious sponsors and partners. We raised over $600,000 -- doubling last year's efforts!

We are proud to be able to continue supporting our local Tampa/St. Petersburg programs, the Phoenix House, Hillsborough Education Foundation and St. Peter Claver Catholic School. In addition, we are proud to partner with Phoenix House, contributing $1,000,000 toward Phoenix House's Derek Jeter Academy in Florida, a place where teens can combine education with intensive substance abuse treatment.

Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $23 million to create and support signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles. Learn more »


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