On March 6-7, The Concession Charities welcomed two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, professional athletes and sports fans across the nation to The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, FL, for the 7th Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic. More than 20 professional athletes were in attendance including Mike Alstott, Leroy Hoard, Isaac Curtis, Will Allen, Cedric Saunders, Robert Smith, Keith Byars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Jameis Winston.
The event raised nearly $130,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties to provide high-quality educational and recreational services to more than 5,000 local youth, empowering them to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To date, The Concession Charities has raised nearly $700,000 through this event.
“The generous support from The Concession Charities helps us assure success is within reach of every child we serve, putting them on the track to graduate high school with a plan for the future,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.
The event kicked off on Monday, March 6, at the Pairings Party, which featured a cocktail hour before dinner with a silent and live auction, as well as, celebrity pairings for the next day’s tournament. Guests at the Pairings Party were welcomed by Bruce Cassidy, Sr., owner of The Concession Golf Club, as well as, Archie Griffin. Local celebrity and comedian Les McCurdy auctioned off the live auction items. Guests also heard from Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties alumnus and Duquesne University Junior Kevin Stalker.
“My roots are with the Boys & Girls Club,” said Stalker. “I am the successful man I am today because of the countless opportunities that were presented to me as a Club member. The support the Boys & Girls Club receives from the Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic will give Club members just like me greater opportunities to achieve their dreams.”
On Tuesday, March 7, 17 teams competed in the tournament at The Concession Golf Club. The winning team included Keith Byars, Hampton Ballard, Bruce Cassidy, Sr., Bryan Snyder and Chuck Whirlow.
To learn more about the Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic, visit www.concessioncharities.org or contact Event Coordinator Melissa Wenzel at 941-907-0018.