Celebrity Players Announced, FREE Concert Confirmed and Details of New Charity Cup Revealed as Tee-Off Nears.
Stars of the stage, screen and field will shine in Greenville, SC from May 19 to 22 where 26 well-known names, along with fellow amateurs, are paired with the pros at the 2016 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. For the second consecutive year, the celebrity-studded affair will also include a free celebrity concert on Main, as well as an exclusive VIP concert.
Stars including Alfonso Ribiero (America’s Funniest Home Videos, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Brian Jordan (Atlanta Braves), Dan Jansen (Gold medal-winning Olympian), and Drew Copeland (Sister Hazel) will make their first appearance in the premier event on the Web.com tour. Meanwhile, Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, Oliver Hudson (Nashville), and quarterback Jim McMahon are among the returning celebrity players set to tee off.
The celebrity roster for 2016 also includes: Andy Buckley (The Office), Anthony Anderson (Black•ish), Bill Engvall (Blue Collar Comedian), Danny Masterson (That 70’s Show/The Ranch), Dean Felber (Hootie and the Blowfish), Debbe Dunning (Home Improvement), Dennis Haysbert (The Grinder), Gary Valentine (Here Comes the Boom/King of Queens), Grant Show (Melrose Place/Devious Maids), Javier Colon (The Voice, Season 1 Winner), Jordan Masterson (Last Man Standing), Jose Alvarez (Atlanta Braves), Kira Kazantsev (Miss America 2015), Lisa O’Hurley (clothing designer), Mark Bryan (Hootie and the Blowfish), Michael Pena (The Martian), Richard Karn (Home Improvement), and Rob Morrow (Billions).
“This is a unique event for South Carolina, and we are very excited for the fun that awaits spectators of both the tournament and the two great concerts this annual occasion brings to the community,” said Bob Nitto, president, BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. “We are also proud to announce that, for the first time, each celebrity will be paired with a benefiting local charity for the Charity Cup.”
Through the Charity Cup, online donations are made using a special icon found on www.bmwcharitygolf.com. There, donors will select their favorite celebrity and make a pledge based on the number of holes of golf each celebrity plays. The celebrity will also encourage his or her fans nationwide across all social media platforms to visit the page and also make a pledge. The celebrity’s partner local philanthropic organization, as well as the celebrity’s charity of choice, will each receive a portion of the net revenue from the Charity Cup.
When tournament play concludes on Thursday, May 19 the music begins with the free Celebrity Concert on Main sponsored by Gestamp South Carolina, LLC and Piedmont Natural Gas from 6 until 10 p.m. The concert is open to the public and will feature musical talent from the tournament line-up. On Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. the party continues with the #RocktheSocks Concert presented by Kentwool. Tickets ($250) for the Friday concert, which include entertainment, menu by Larkin’s on the River and beverages, may be purchased through South Carolina Charities Director of Sales, Linda Johnson (864.517.2383; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Charities benefiting in 2016 include: BMW Car Club of America Foundation, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greenville, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Greenville Tech Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Christian College Athletic Association, New Foundations Home for Children, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life’s Services, Project Hope Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Shriners Hospital for Children—Greenville, SYNNEX Share the Magic, The First Tee of Greenville, The Reserve at Lake Keowee Foundation, Upstate Warrior Solution, and Urban League of the Upstate.
For Volunteer opportunities contact Drew Holley at DHolley@sccharities.org or 919.818.8969.
ABOUT THE BMW CHARITY PRO-AM PRESENTED BY SYNNEX CORPORATION
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the Web.com Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Web.com Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 10 lowest scoring pro-amateur teams, six lowest scoring pro-celebrity teams and the lowest 65 pros (and ties) advancing to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club.
ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012, with a 10-year agreement in place through 2021. This season marks the 27th year of competition on the Web.com Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 425 PGA TOUR titles, including 21 majors and five PLAYERS
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