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8th Annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic

•  Golf Classic highlights
•  Boyz II Men perform
•  Gallery: 2011 Golf Classic

On Jan. 19-21, 2011, the Turn 2 Foundation hosted the 8th Annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa. In spite of the troubling economic times, the Turn 2 Foundation raised more than $789,275! Over the course of the three days, sponsors and supporters played two rounds of golf, enjoyed a kickoff party and participated in a celebrity draw.

On Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, Derek Jeter hosted the official "Launch Party" at the Hard Rock Café in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to kick off the Golf Classic. Jeter, along with celebrity guests joined sponsors and supporters for a cocktail reception. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeurves, dancing and a silent auction featuring unique sports memorabilia donated by Steiner Sports Memorabilia to benefit the Turn 2 Foundation. A highlight of the evening was the check presentation by John Fontana, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the presenting sponsor of this year's event. The evening ended with a live performance by the best-selling R&B group of all time, Boyz II Men.

On Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, sponsor foursomes participated in the Sponsor Tournament with a shamble format at TPC of Tampa Bay. Following the tournament, the 18th hole hosted the Fourth Annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Shoot-Out sponsored by TPT Golf. Celebrity attendees were given the opportunity to compete in a "Closest-to-Pin" shoot-out to win a donation to a charity of their choice. First-place winner James Blake won $5,000 for the Thomas Blake Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Fund, and second-place winner Richard Dent won $2,500 for his Make a Dent Foundation. Later that evening, sponsors, supporters and celebrity guests gathered at Avila Golf & Country Club for dinner and the exciting live celebrity auction.

On Friday, the tournament culminated with the main event, the Celebrity Golf Classic. Approximately 20 foursomes and more than 25 celebrities participated in the Golf Classic at Avila Golf & Country Club. Derek was stationed at a par-3 hole and greeted each foursome at his hole, teeing off with each group.

Celebrity guests included Boyz II Men, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Harry Carson, Leann Tweeden, Richard Dent, Carl Everett, Brittany Lincicome, Richard "Goose" Gossage, Tino Martinez, Fred McGriff, Shelton Quarles, John Starks, James Blake and Andres Galarraga.

Congratulations to this year's Golf Classic winners:

Sponsor Tournament - Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

First-place gross - Mike Koslowske, Ben Yeager, Brian Hale & Bob Johnson
Second-place gross - BeavEx, Inc.
First-place net - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Second-place net - Jordan Brand

Celebrity Golf Classic - Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

First-place gross - BeavEx, Inc.
Second-place gross - Mike Koslowske, Ben Yeager, Brian Hale & Bob Johnson
First-place net - Advantage Limousine
Second-place net - CAA Sports

The funds raised at the 8th Annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will help further the Foundation's mission of promoting healthy lifestyles among today's youth in New York, West Michigan and Tampa, Florida. The Turn 2 Foundation, established in 1996, has awarded more than $11 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to choose healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets for children to achieve academic excellence, develop leadership skills and remain drug and alcohol free. These programs all share the same goal of helping today's youth become the leaders of tomorrow.

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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