Andy Garcia, Scott Bakula & More Come Out for SAG Foundation Annual Golf Charity Tournament
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation hosted the 5th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic benefiting its Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance programs for SAG-AFTRA performers and their families on Monday, June 9, at an exclusive Golf Club in Burbank. The charity tournament, co-hosted by SAG Foundation supporter and star of Last Man Standing Tim Allen and his co-star Richard Karn, rallied a variety of celebrities, sponsors and executives to raise vital funds to help performers facing life-threatening illness and severe economic hardship.
"The SAG Foundation's L.A. Golf Classic is one of the premiere charity golf tournaments in the country. We all had a great time today, but more importantly, we raised awareness and critical funds for the SAG Foundation's Assistance Programs and that's what it's really all about. It's about actors helping actors," said Tim Allen, host of the Los Angeles Golf Classic.
Allen was joined by nearly 60 celebrity players and SAG Foundation supporters, including Anthony Anderson, Dave Annable, Gabriel Aubry, Scott Bakula, Kim Coates, Greg Ellis, Donald Faison, Brendan Fehr, Jay Ferguson, Peter Gallagher, Andy Garcia, Carmine Giovinazzo, Mark-Paul Gosselar, Vinnie Jones, David Leisure, Kate Linder, Breckin Meyer, Joe Montegna, Mark Moses, Kevin Nealon, Jeff Nordling, Timothy Omundson, Michael O'Neill, Sam Page, Michael Peña, Joe Pesci, Geoff Pierson, Kevin Rahm, Alfonso Ribeiro, Chris Rich, Michael Weatherly, Nick Searcy, Kevin Sorbo and Tom Welling, among other competitive celebrity golfers.
"We like to think of ourselves as a family, and sometimes when you hit hard times it's best to go home to your family," commented Pamela Reed, Vice President SAG Foundation. "And the Screen Actors Guild Foundation likes to think of itself as home," she added.
Googy Gress, actor and recipient of the SAG Foundation's Catastrophic Health Fund proudly stated, "I am here to represent my gratitude and absolute thanks that the SAG Foundation was there to help me and my family. It was an extraordinary thing that they were able to do, something for which I will forever be grateful. I am truly honored that they gave me a chance to pay them back by being here and telling my story."
This year's festivities included a social media fan engagement campaign which encouraged celebrities to have their fans follow @SAGFoundation and post, like, tweet and retweet on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for chances to win autographed film and TV memorabilia. Participating celebrity golfers autographed the prizes, which included an NCIS Season 1 DVD (Michael Weatherly), Franklin & Bash Season 1 DVD (Breckin Meyer, Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Mad Men Season 1 DVD (Kevin Rahm, Jay Ferguson, Sam Page, Mark Moses), My Cousin Vinny DVD (Joe Pesci) and a tool belt signed by host Tim Allen, along with other fun collectibles.
The shotgun tournament concluded with a dinner and awards ceremony, where prizes and medals were presented to the top teams and players. The first place net award went to the Corday Team, including celebrity players Alfonso Ribeiro and Greg Ellis. The second place net award went to the Omnicom Team, including celebrity player Carmine Giovinazzo, and in third place was the Fairway & Greene Team, which included celebrity player Joe Pesci. Other winners included celebrity players Tom Welling, Anthony Anderson, Michael Pena and Greg Itzin, for special categories such as the putting contest, closest to the pin, and longest drive.
For the fourth consecutive year, Integrated Wealth Management was the presenting sponsor of the SAG Foundation L.A. Golf Classic. Additional major sponsors include John W. Carson Foundation, United Airlines, Fairway & Greene along with team sponsors AFTRA Foundation/Frank Nelson Fund, Amazon/Ron Perlman, Anthem Blue Cross, Boxing Cat Films, Bush Gottlieb, CBS, Jet Edge, Ken Corday/Corday Productions, Marc Cherry, Omnicom Media Group, One America, SAG-AFTRA, Townsend Raimundo Besler & Usher Consulting Firm, Turner Broadcast (TNT/TBS) and Warner Brothers (Driving Range sponsor). Other on course sponsors included True Links Wear Golf Shoes and a Putting Contest sponsored by Cleveland Golf, among others.
The SAG Foundation L.A. Golf Classic, a major annual fundraiser for the SAG Foundation's medical and financial assistance programs, is an opportunity for actors to give back to their fellow actors in need of a leg up. All proceeds from the SAG Foundation L.A. Golf Classic directly support these critical programs. Over The Past five years, the SAG Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million through its charity golf tournaments.