Toby Keith's Golf Tournament Raises Cash for Charity
The fifth annual Toby Keith celebrity golf tournament has raised over $700,000 for an Oklahoma nonprofit called Ally’s House that benefits children that have cancer along with their families. According to the statement posted on Keith’s website, the record-setting total from this year was more than the $500,000 raised last year. The charitable contribution over the entire five years from the tournament has exceeded $2.3 million.
“Toby Keith & Friends Celebrity Golf Classic” held on June 6-7 brought 750 celebrities as well as guests together for golfing, a silent auction and music. The auction included two dinners with Toby Keith that sold for $35,000 a piece. Other top items in this year’s auction included the package “Deadliest Catch” which raised $27,500. It gave an opportunity for riding with the Northwestern crew and Captain Sig from the crab fishing series on the Discovery Chanel. A cameo spot for a forthcoming music video by Keith went for $25,000. Tickets for a Keith performance in Las Vegas that included passes for a meet and greet sold for $12,000. There was also plenty of autographed memorabilia in the auction, including items from Tom Hanks, Nolan Ryan, Troy Aikman, Loretta Lynn, Peyton Manning, Tony Stewart, Andre Agassi, Carrie Underwood, LeBron James, Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, George Strait and Tiger Woods, among many others were auctioned off.
The event’s proceeds, held in Moore, OK at the Belmar Golf Course, all went to Ally’s House. The organization is named after Allison Webb, who was the daughter of Scott Webb, an original band member for Toby Keith. Ally died of kidney cancer at two years old. Keith said, Ally fought her battle with cancer for a year. She wanted to have one of her parents with her at least all the time, but Linda and Scott both work. That gave him the inspiration for Ally’s House. One year is a very long time trying to juggle that sort of life. It happens time and time again, Keith added.
Ally’s House helps with paying bills that are based on the specific needs of a family, including utility and rent payments to pharmacy and medical expenses. The organization provides assistance also for paying for food, lodging, transportation and insurance premiums. Hundreds of families in Oklahoma have benefited already from the support and care provided by Ally’s House.