On Jan. 16-18, 2013, the Turn 2 Foundation hosted the 10th 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 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. 16, 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 Award winner Anthony Hamilton.
On Jan. 17, 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 Cindy LaCrosse won $5,000 for Blessings in a Backpack, and second-place winner Andres Galarraga received $2,500 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Later that evening, sponsors, supporters and celebrity guests gathered at Avila Golf & Country Club for dinner and the exciting live celebrity auction.
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 the 18th green where he greeted each foursome before putting out.
Celebrity guests included Joe Torre, Brittany Lincicome, Kevin Connolly, Fred McGriff, Shelton Quarles, Cindy LaCrosse, Harry Carson, Ron Davis, Richard Dent, Andres Galarraga, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada, Eddie Murray, Tanyon Sturtze, Leeann Tweeden, Harold Reynolds, Gerald Williams, and Don Zimmer.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Advantage Limousine, LLC
Mercedes-Benz of Tampa
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Ocean Pacific Interiors, Inc.
Health Insurance Innovations
Noveda/Vanguard Energy Partners
The LCP Group
ABM Facility Services/Cushman & Wakefield
Bush Ross, P.A.
Frungillo Caterers & Hospitality
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Lisa DeBartolo & Don Miggs
Martha & John Zumwalt
Nikki DeBartolo & Chad Chronister
PASSION 4 K.I.D.S.
The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, Inc.
The RLJ Companies
The funds raised at the 10th Annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will help further the Foundation's mission of promoting healthy lifestyles among today's youth in New York, West Michigan, and Tampa, Fla. The Turn 2 Foundation, established in 1996, has awarded more than $17 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.
Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants.
Social Change Project
The Project is an event created to share one of the Foundation's principles with communities.
Turn 2 Foundation Dinner
The 18th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner raised more than $1 million for youth initiatives.