Count On Me Family Foundation2009 Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic
The Third Annual Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic
Raises over $245,000 for Children’s Charities
The Third Annual Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic held on August 24, 2009 at the Tournament Players Club at Snoqualmie Ridge in Seattle, Washington raised over $245,000 for charities in Washington and Georgia. The tournament, which was new to Seattle in 2009, was proud to select Special Olympics Washington (SOWA), the Boys and Girls Club, the Nutrition and Fitness for Life Program at Virginia Mason, and other children’s charities as its charity benefactors through the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation.
One hundred and thirty-five golfers participated in the tournament. Each participant enjoyed breakfast at the club, 18 holes on the course, lunch out on the course courtesy of Azteca Mexican Restaurant, Johnsonville Brats, Ivar’s/Kidd Valley and Famous Dave’s BBQ, and an invitation to the post event barbeque, sponsored by Ivar’s/Kidd Valley. Each participant also received customized golfer tee bags packed with goodies including a jacket, shirts, hats, t-shirts, balls and more. There were twelve special contests out on the course, including longest and straightest drive contest. A prize was given to one person in each foursome in four of the contests. But, the most talked about shot of the day came from KOMO’s Chief Meteorologist Steve Pool, whose drive from the tee box came within five inches of a hole in one on Hole # 17, almost winning the 10-hours of flying time on a private jet, courtesy of Marquis Jet. The Butler Publications Team, with their celebrity Randall Morris, were the overall champions of the day although all 27 teams were awarded a prize depending on their placement.
Celebrities participating in the event weekend included: former Seattle Seahawks Sam Adkins, Blair Bush, Nesby Glasgow, Jacob Green, Michael Jackson, Paul Johns, Mo Kelly, Dave Krieg, Warren Moon, Randall Morris, Paul Moyer, Mack Strong, Dave Wyman, Charlie Young; former Oakland Raiders Mike Haynes and Ted Hendricks, former UW and NFL players Jeff Jaeger, Lawyer Milloy, Hugh Millen, and Chuck Nelson; Pro Football Hall of Fame Receiver Lynn Swann; former NBA players Fred Brown, Detlef Schrempf and Slick Watts; former NFL Head Coach Jim Mora, Sr., NBA Hall of Fame Player and Coach Lenny Wilkens; former Seattle Mariners Jay Buhner and Dave Valle; former UW Head Coach and member of the College Football Hall of Fame Don James; Jason Mesnick from ABC’s The Bachelor and Steve Pool the Chief Meteorologist of KOMO-TV, Washington.
The live and silent auctions featured trips to Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida, and the 2010 Pro Bowl in Miami, as well as a Seattle Seahawks Fly Away trip to St. Louis, a behind the scenes tour at NFL Network “NFL Game Day,” special VIP packages to Las Vegas, NAPA Valley and Destin, Florida. The auction also offered unique sports memorabilia including: an autographed Ken Griffey, Jr., bat, jerseys, footballs and helmets signed by Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowlers, and a one-of-a-kind piece of history – hand written game plan from a 1956 match up between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants from Vince Lombardi, as a young assistant coach.