Wakefield Celebrity Golf Event Set For Jan. 25
By SpaceCoastDaily // January 21, 2013
PHILANTHROPY & SPORT
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 20th annual Tim Wakefield Celebrity Golf Classic and Memorabilia Auction will be held the weekend of Jan. 25 to 27.
The event will conclude with the sponsor’s reception at the Melbourne Hilton, which includes a charity blackjack tournament, live music and dinner provided by Meg O’Malley’s.
Over the years, Wakefield’s annual celebrity event has raised $6 million to benefit the children and families of the Space Coast Early Intervention Center.
The festivities will begin on Jan. 25 with a dinner and auction at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, and on Jan. 26, golfers will tee off with event sponsors at Harmony Golf Preserve near Kissimmee. The awards luncheon, catered by Broken Barrel Tavern in Palm Bay, will then follow.
THE REAL DEAL
Wakefield gives equally of his time, talent and treasure, matching auction totals with more than $350,000 out of his own pocket.
“Tim stays in touch with the school year-round and any one of the students attending can tell you who their favorite athlete is,” said Ashley Gardner of the Center.
Every year on the Friday before the golf tourney, Wakefield and the other participating celebrities visit the school to chat with the children and see firsthand the lives their generosity is so positively impacting.
“It is certain to all involved that Space Coast Early Intervention Center is thriving today because of the time and dedication Tim Wakefield has given without even being asked,” added Gardner.
The two-time World Series champion, who retired this year after a stellar 20-year career, is also a champion of philanthropy, being honored as a Central Florida Humanitarian in 2010.
Famous throughout Major League Baseball as one of its most charitable players, Wakefield was honored with the Roberto Clemente Award, presented to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.”
Last May, he was enshrined in the inagural class of the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame. Wakefiled, who played baseball at Eau Gallie High School and was Florida Tech’s most valuable player, is indeed the real deal – both on and off the baseball diamond.
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