The 18th Annual Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic will take place next weekend August 26-28. In addition to the golf tournament there are several other events taking place, you can find all of the following information at golfclassic.org
The golf tournament itself will take place on Sunday August 28th starting at 9:30am at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on Centennial Campus. You can check out the current list of celebrities (which always changes up to the last minute) here, including the return of Charles Barkley, from NCSU Vinny Del Negro, Mark Gottfried and Dereck Whittenburg and rumors of an appearance by Shaquille O’Neal. There is detailed spectator information here and purchase tickets for $5 here.
The 6th Annual Jimmy V Racquets for Research will be at the Raleigh Racquet Club on Saturday August 20th from 8am to 1 pm. There will be instruction from tennis pros and a pro-am tournament. The cost per doubles team is $200.00, which includes event t-shirt, breakfast, lunch, and a gift bag for each participant. You can find more information here.
The Reverse Raffle will be at the Convention Center on Friday August 26 at 6:30pm. The grand prize is a 2011 BMW 128i. 1000 tickets will be sold at $100 each, the final ticket drawn will win the BMW and other prizes will be given out during the night. There will be heavy hors d’ouvres, a cash bar and celebrity appearances. You can find more information here and purchase tickets here.
The ESPN Pre-V at Pinehurst No. 2 will be on Thursday-Friday, August 25th-26th. Seventy-two golfers will go head to head in a Ryder Cup format event. The cost is $2000 per player and includes one night’s accommodations at Pinehurst Resort, dinner, breakfast and the tournament round of golf. You can get more information here and purchase tickets here.
The V Gala will be at the Convention Center on Saturday August 27th at 6:30 pm and is a black tie dinner with silent and live auctions. You can find more information and purchase tickets for $250 here. ESPN’s Stuart Scott, who is battling cancer himself, will be honored at the gala. There will also be celebrities in attendance that will not be participating in the golf tournament on Sunday.
In the previous 17 years, the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic has donated nearly $15 Million to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which has raised over $100 million dollars. The V Foundation awards 100 percent of all new, direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. You can visit the V Foundation website at jimmyv.org
If you can’t make it out to any of the events, please consider making a donation to the V Foundation. If you’re reading this site the odds are pretty good that you’re a State fan and cancer has certainly affected the Wolfpack community with Jim Valvano, Kay Yow, Everett Case, Kaye Cowher, Dana Bible, Chuck Amato and Iâ€™m sure others. And as much grief as this site has given Butch Davis (and rightfully so), he is a cancer survivor and that is a great thing.