Celebrity Golf Tournament nets $150,000 for children’s services

May 18, 2005
WILMINGTON – The generosity of sponsors and celebrities combined to make the 13th annual Coastal Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament one of the most successful in recent history for supporting children’s services.

This year’s Coastal Classic raised more than $150,000 that directly supports New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Pediatric Care Program. More specifically, the funds will be used toward the creation of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Several times throughout its 13 years, the celebrity golf tournament has benefited children’s health care services at the medical center. The addition of $150,000 from this year’s tournament brings the total amount of funds generated for children’s services to more than $600,000 through the years.

In years past, the tournament has also raised money for services like cardiac and cancer, providing, in all, more than $1.75 million in revenue to improve these services.

“It’s the faithful support of so many sponsors and some of the most wonderful celebrities that has allowed the Foundation to donate that much money to the medical center,” said NHRMC Foundation Director Kevin Lee.

The generosity of the celebrities was demonstrated this year when Oscar and Grammy award-winning song writer Paul Williams donated a personalized song to the tournament auction. To solve a bidding war between three players, Mr. Williams offered to write a song for each of them if they agreed to pay $10,000 each for the song. They did, immediately adding $30,000 to the money raised during the auction. Mr. Williams is best known for his song “Evergreen” and “The Rainbow Connection.”

This year’s auction netted the highest profit of any auction in the history of the Coastal Classic, bringing in more than $85,000 in revenue for pediatric services.

Other celebrities at the tournament included Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, who won first place in the celebrity category for shooting a108 in two rounds of play; former Cincinnati Reds baseball player, Doug Flynn, who placed second and multiple Super Bowl winner with the San Francisco 49ers, Dwight Hicks, who placed third.

Original member of the Eagles and writer of the hit song “Hotel California,” Don Felder joined Paul Williams and Jim Collins, one of the hottest song writers in Nashville, as musical entertainment. Mr. Collins is known for his award winning songs like, “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” and “The Good Stuff.”

The team from Wilmington Anesthesiologists took first place in the player category with Drs. Paul Chipley and Rob Shakar, Cam Dudley and Bruce Lawrance collectively shooting a 108 in two rounds.

For more information about next year’s Coastal Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament, call 815-5002.