BMW Charity Pro Am Celeb Course Rotation is Now Up

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Super Bowl® hero Aaron Rodgers, acclaimed actor Don Cheadle and Golf Channel’s Morning Drive co-host Paige Mackenzie are among over 30 celebrities generating enthusiastic buzz as the 2018 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation prepares to tee off May 17-20, 2018, at Thornblade Club, Furman University Golf Club and The Cliffs Valley.

Furman – Thursday; The Cliffs – Friday; Thornblade – Saturday: Anthony Anderson (actor, Black-ish), Brian Baumgartner (actor, The Office), Andy Buckley (actor, The Office), Michael Collins (ESPN Sportscaster), Larry the Cable Guy (comedian), Paige Mackenzie (co-host, Golf Channel’s Morning Drive), Alfonso Riberio (host, America’s Funniest Home Videos), Willie Robertson (star, Duck Dynasty), Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers), Sterling Sharpe (NFL), Ozzie Smith (MLB) and Shep Rose (star, Southern Charm

The Cliffs – Thursday; Thornblade – Friday; Furman – Saturday: Don Cheadle (actor, Hotel Rowanda, House of Lies), Jay Demarcus (Rascal Flatts), Bill Engvall (comedian), Brian Grubb (wakeboarder), Oliver Hudson (actor, Splitting Up Together, Nashville), Chris Lane (country music artist), John O’Hurley (actor, Seinfeld), Lisa O’Hurley (fashion designer), Ron Perlman (actor, Hellboy, Ironman), Patrick Peterson (Arizona Cardinals), Rob Riggle (actor, The Daily Show), Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flatts) and Tim Wakefield (MLB)

Thornblade – Thursday; Furman – Friday; The Cliffs - Saturday: Jose Alvarez (MLB), Josh Beckett (MLB), Matt Hamilton (Olympic Curler), C. Thomas Howell (actor, The Outsiders), Dan Jansen (Olympian), Karen Palacios-Jansen (Golf Channel Announcer), Ed Marinaro (actor, Hill Street Blues), Russ Ortiz (MLB), Kevin Rahm (actor, Lethal Weapon), Jim Rice (MLB), John Shuster (Olympic Curler) and Paula Trickey (actress, Pacific Blue)

On Sunday, the ten lowest scoring pro-amateur teams and six lowest scoring pro-celebrity teams will advance to play in the final round at Thornblade Club. 

“Tournament week provides a wonderful backdrop to showcase the beauty of the Upstate and our unrivaled hospitality.” said Steve Sellery, Executive Director, BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. “Our unique offering of events, coupled with a three-course rotation will provide multiple chances to see our celebrities, especially during the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game.”

The inaugural All-Star Celebrity Softball Game will take place on Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. at Fluor Field following the 3:30 p.m. Greenville Drive game against the Augusta Greenjackets. Celebrity co-captains Larry the Cable Guy and John O’Hurley will take on fellow co-captains Alfonso Riberio and Rob Riggle, and their respective teams of athletes, actors and entertainers. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or online at GreenvilleDrive.com; each ticket will grant access to both the Greenville Drive game and the Celebrity Softball game.

The following evening, Friday, May 18 from 7 to 10 p.m., Phil Vassar, who landed ten #1 songs on Billboard’s Hot Country chart as an artist and songwriter, will bring his music to the masses at the TD Stage at the Peace Center Amphitheater during The Downtown Concert. Best known for performing hits including “Just Another Day in Paradise” and “Carlene”, Vassar also achieved remarkable success penning songs for other artists — including co-writing Tim McGraw’s “My Next Thirty Years”, Jodee Messina’s “Bye Bye” and “Right on the Money” by Alan Jackson.

Vassar’s performance is part of a grand evening featuring a menu by Larkin’s on the River and beverages. Tickets to the exclusive event ($250) may be purchased through South Carolina Charities Director of Sales Linda Johnson (864.517.2383; ljohnson@sccharities.org).

Tournament week also includes Executive Women’s Day presented by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Systems on Monday, May 14, from 8:30 to 3 p.m. at Furman University’s Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center. The event will include a panel discussion for women, by women. Keynote speaker for the event will be Lisa Murray, Octagon Worldwide Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer. Tickets for that event are also available through Linda Johnson.

Funds raised through tournament volunteerism will benefit four featured charities: Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System, Cliffs Residents Outreach, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg and Upstate SC STEM Collaborative. For Volunteer opportunities, contact Macy Covington at mcovington@sccharities.org.

 

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