January 16th, 2010
Held on December 3-6, 2009 in the Domican Republic, and hosted by David and Tiffany Ortiz, the 2009 David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic was attended by Red Sox teammates Clay Buchholz, Jason Varitek, Mike Lowell, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Daniel Bard and Tim Wakefield as well as other celebrities in the sports and entertainment industry such as MLB Network commentator Sean Casey, Red Sox manager Terry Francona, Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, actors Jeffrey Donovan, Rachel Dratch and Sam Page, and sports legends such as Bobby Orr, Jim Rice, Luis Tiant, John Havlicek, Andres Galarraga and Alonzo Mourning.
And this year the 2009 David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic, and the accompanying auction, netted more than $225,000 for the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, and since its inception, the Fund has raised over $1.2 million for children in New England and the Dominican Republic and has given life, health, and hope to critically ill children.
From Big Papi: “We organize this event every year to raise funds to help children in my home country and in New England get the medical care they need. It is a tribute to our sponsors that, even in a challenging economic environment, they stood with us to help, offering these children a chance at a healthy, active life.”
Providing children in New England and the Dominican Republic with access to the pediatric critical care they need to lead full and productive lives, The David Ortiz Children’s Fund began as a way for David to help children in his home country. The Fund is proud to partner with Heart Care Dominicana, the International Hospital for Children, and the Massachusetts General Hospital, who are all are committed to healing as many children as possible by providing critical pediatric healthcare. Working together, these organizations are increasing the number of children that will receive lifesaving services.
So, mark your calendars: The 3rd Annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic is scheduled for December 2 – 5, 2010. For information about sponsorships or participation in the event, please contact Michele Lasky. And for more information about the The David Ortiz Children’s Fund, please visit their website.