John Daly Commits to the Legends Celebrity Weekend
RENO, Nevada, February 2014
The Legends of the Game Celebrity Tour, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino and Harrah's Reno & Lake Tahoe, are really excited to welcome John Daly to the Celebrity Weekend, May 30 through June 1, 2014. Daly is on of the more popular players in the game of professional golf and we know the fans will be eager to see him.
John Patrick Daly is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour. Daly is known primarily for his driving distance off the tee, earning him the nickname "Long John."
John Daly turned pro in 1987, and earned his first pro victory soon after at the 1987 Missouri Open. He joined the PGA Tour in 1991, and won the PGA Championship that same year. John, playing just his third major, secured a three-stroke victory. That earned him PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 1991.
John won the British Open in 1995 after a playoff with Italian golfer Costantino Rocca at St. Andrews.
Daly went on to win the Buick Invitational in 2004, and earned the PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year distinction.
He's earned some attention for his free wheeling attitude and his multiple business ventures. Daly is also know for his involvement with many charities, including several in northwest Arkansas.
There will be an opportunity to "Own a Piece' of John Daly during the weekend. John will bring to Legends his Signature Clothing Line display and his "Grip it & Sip it" Vodka Cocktails in a variety of flavors.
The Legends of the Game Celebrity Tour 2015
Since 1996, the Legends of the Game Celebrity Tour has created a weekend of golf, entertainment, dining, and gaming fun, plus a whole lot of giving back to the Reno area. May 29-31, the tradition continues with more than 40 sports celebrities taking part in the tournament, set to be held at LakeRidge Golf Course—designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
The Peppermill Reno, Harrah’s Reno, and Konami Gaming return as hosts, also.Celebrities slated to participate in the tournament include Vida Blue, pitcher for the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants; Kellen Winslow Sr., Hall of Fame tight end from the San Diego Chargers ; Greg Lloyd, linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers; Brian Jordan, defensive back from the Atlanta Falcons; Rick Upchurch, receiver/kick returner for the Denver Broncos; and many others, including Lem Barney, Hall of Fame cornerback from the Detroit Lions. Lem has participated in every event, thanks to Executive Director Scott (Sonny) Hampton, who started the charity event.“Sonny Hampton explained his vision and concept and I was impressed with his passion and enthusiasm,” Lem says.
Jeff Stover is a two-time Super Bowl winner from the San Francisco 49ers, and the former lineman has played in the tournament for the last four years.“I play in a number of events each year, but this is one I put on my list and make sure I come to every year,”Jeff says.Jeff heard about the tournament from his friend Ted Kwalick, a former tight end for the 49ers and Oakland Raiders, and was hooked from the first year.“We just had a blast,” he says. “The Peppermill treats us great, they have a lot of vendors, we meet a lot of people, and the golf courses are just beautiful.”Jeff notes that the food at the events is always incredible, and he also has a particular fondness for the Texas Hold’em tournament. Lem’s advice for first-time attendees?
“Expect to have a fantastic time knowing they are helping a good cause and helping others in need,” he says. “(Sonny) puts on a first class event and everyone who attends will have a fabulous time and they will want to come back each year.”
The tour includes three days of celebrity golf, gaming tournaments, celebrity dinners, fundraising, and parties. The golf happens Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 at LakeRidge Golf Course in Reno. The ever-popular No-Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament will be held at Harrah’s Reno Casino. Come watch the celebrities put on their best poker face and bluff their way into a whole lot of fun.
The weekend rounds out with amazing fine dining, top-shelf beverages, and a whole lot of mingling and fun with celebrities who come to town to help make the weekend fun for all those who attend. Giving back is at the core of the reason each of them volunteers for the event.“It’s a really nice relaxing weekend, and we can play golf, but we also get to give back to the community,” Jeff says. “It’s good event, and it’s a great thing to do.”
The Legends of the Game Celebrity Tour began in 1996 as a benefit to provide food and medical needs for children. Executive Director Scott Hampton has said, “It is our responsibility and commitment to ensure that everyone has equal ground. Unfortunately in today’s times, it is the youngest and smallest of us that are most often overlooked. This is why it is so easy to bring together people that believe in our cause.”
The iconic 15th hole at LakeRidge was the site of a hole in one during the 2012 event when Heisman Trophy winner and Oakland Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett sank the world-famous par 3, which is set atop a rocky ridge 140 feet above Lake Stanley. Golfers must hit to an island green, which challenges even the most avid of players.This year’s tournament will benefit the Reno Firefighter Community Assistance and the Nevada Diabetes Association, more than $465,000 for local children’s charities since its inception.
June 6, 2016
Dear Gracie and Scott:
Thank you, Scott and Gracie for including us as beneficiaries from The Legends of the Game. We all had a terrific time at the Pairing Party, and for those of us that were on Hole 9 with the young golf pros, it was awe-inspiring! What nice young men. As always, the "Legends" were very cordial and fun to be around. Thank you also for getting the basketball and football signed by the Legends. They will raise money for the kids going to camp that need a hand. We hope that this year's event exceeded all your dreams of success. We feel so honored and grateful to be included.
Nevada Diabetes Association
Dear Food Bank Board Members and Staff. Just wanted to let everyone know of the nice major contribution that we received yesterday. Scott Hampton, Executive Director of the Legends of the Game Golf Tournament presented the Food Bank with a $10,000 check. This is our third year being associated with Scott and this event and the contributions have gone from $2,500 to $5,000 to this year's $10,000. Scott's goal is to double the amount he donates each year with an ultimate "lifetime" goal of providing one million meals. The Food Bank assists in the golf tournament by providing volunteers and assistance at events activities.
All the best,
Food Bank of Northern Nevada
I just wanted to say thank you so much for the generous gift yesterday! What a pleasant surprise! $10,000 is a huge contribution, and your goal to provide one million meals is inspiring. I hope this event continues for years to come. It's a lot of fun and for a great cause! Thank you for all of your hard work and for thinking of the Food Bank. Oh, and I saw you from a distance at the Ruthie Foster concert ... Thank you for supporting us in so many ways!
All the best,
Data Management Coordinator
Food Bank of Northern Nevada
I am on the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your wonderful donation. We appreciate your commitment to ending hunger in our community, and I know that with people like you who work so hard to put on great events in our community, we will achieve that goal.
University of Nevada Athletics
Gracie and Scott,
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Nevada Diabetes Association staff, thank you so very much for the Legends of the Game's generous donation of $2,585 to be used for five full scholarships for diabetic children in need from our community to attend Camp Buck in August. The NDA volunteers had an absolute BLAST at the event and sincerely look forward to helping out again next year.
We are thrilled that you and Scott will be attending VIP Day at Camp Buck on Tuesday, in August to see first hand what a positive impact this kind gift will have on these campers.
Thank you again, Scott and Gracie for including us as beneficiaries from the Legends of the Game. We feel so honored and grateful.
Nevada Diabetes Association
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