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On Jan. 18-20, 2012, the Turn 2 Foundation hosted the 9th Annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Fla. In spite of the troubling economic times, the Turn 2 Foundation raised more than $1.1 million. Over the course of three days, sponsors and supporters enjoyed a kickoff party, an exciting Celebrity Draw Party and played two rounds of golf.
On Jan. 18, Derek Jeter hosted the official Launch Party at the Hard Rock Café in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to kick off the Golf Classic. Jeter, along with celebrity guests, joined sponsors and supporters for a cocktail reception. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeurves, dancing and a silent auction featuring unique sports memorabilia donated by Steiner Sports Memorabilia to benefit the Turn 2 Foundation. A highlight of the evening was the check presentation by John Fontana, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the presenting sponsor of this year's event. The evening ended with a special performance by Grammy-nominated artist and R&B legend Charlie Wilson.
On Jan. 19, foursomes participated in the Sponsor Tournament with a shamble format at TPC of Tampa Bay. Following the tournament, the 18th hole hosted the Annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Shoot-Out sponsored by Fujikura Golf. Celebrity attendees were given the opportunity to compete in a "Closest-to-Pin" shootout to win a donation to a charity of their choice. First-place winner Brittany Lincicome won $5,000 for First Tee of St. Petersburg and second-place winner John Starks brought home $2,500 for his charity, The John Starks Foundation.
Later that evening, sponsors, supporters and celebrity guests gathered at Avila Golf & Country Club for dinner and the exciting live celebrity auction which raised $82,500.
On the final day, the tournament culminated with the main event, the Celebrity Golf Classic. Approximately 20 foursomes and more than 25 celebrities participated in the Golf Classic at Avila Golf & Country Club. Derek was stationed at a par 3 hole and greeted each foursome at the hole, teeing off with each group.
Celebrity guests included Derrick Brooks, Miguel Cairo, Harry Carson, John Cena, Ron Davis, Richard Dent, Andres Galarraga, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada, Michael Jordan, Brittany Lincicome, Fred McGriff, Belen Mozo, Eddie Murray, Tanyon Sturtze, John Starks, Leeann Tweeden, Ahmad Rashad, Harold Reynolds, CC Sabathia, Gerald Williams and Don Zimmer.
The funds raised at the 9th Annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will help further the Foundation's mission of promoting healthy lifestyles amongst today's youth in New York, West Michigan, and Tampa, Fla. The Turn 2 Foundation, established in 1996, has awarded more than $16 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to choose healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets for children to achieve academic excellence, develop leadership skills and remain drug and alcohol free. These programs all share the same goal of helping today's youth become the leaders of tomorrow.