After five years of hosting successful golf tournaments, raising more than $300,000 for education, Loews Miami Beach Hotel is partnering with NBA Champion, All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Ray Allen for this year’s event. The Ray Allen Celebrity Golf Tournament presented by Loews Miami Beach Hotel will take place Oct. 21 and will bring together a who’s who of sports and entertainment to raise money for education.
The exclusive charity event benefits DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that connects donors to Miami Dade County classrooms in need and The Foundation for New Education Initiatives, a Miami-Dade County School Board program created to enhance student achievement and community engagement. Additionally, a portion of this year’s proceeds will go to Allen’s own Ray of Hope Foundation, which will fund a computer lab at a Miami-Dade public school.
“After participating in Loews Miami Beach Hotel’s Celebrity Golf Tournament for several years, I saw this as a great opportunity to further support education initiatives in Miami-Dade,” said Allen, an NBA Champion with the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. “This event’s a wonderful way to raise awareness for the needs of our teachers and school programming; causes which DonorsChoose, The Foundation for New Education Initiatives and Ray of Hope directly impact.”
This year’s participants at Miami Beach Golf Club include Allen, Dan Marino, DJ Irie, Pudge Rodriguez, Glen Rice, Alonzo Mourning, Jim Jackson, Placido Polanco, Rip Hamilton, Livan Hernandez and Nat Moore, among others.
Each foursome will feature a celebrity player, and participants will enjoy special giveaways, activations and surprises at every hole. Loews Miami Beach Hotel Executive Chef Frederic Delaire will prepare the day’s cuisine, which will feature selections from the hotel’s award-winning Lure Fishbar. A pop up of Allen and his wife Shannon’s popular restaurant “Grown’’ will also be on hand, offering healthy bites of organic cuisine. A silent auction, raffle and online auction featuring luxury goods and experiences will also take place, with all proceeds benefiting DonorsChoose.org, The Foundation for New Education Initiatives and Ray of Hope Foundation.
“We’re proud to partner with Ray Allen for our celebrity golf tournament, now in its sixth year,” said Alex Tonarelli, Managing Director, Loews Miami Beach Hotel. “The support from Ray, participating celebrities and our community have allowed us to grow this event and provide critical funds for our teachers to put to good use.”
“Since its inception in 2010, Loews Miami Beach Hotel’s Celebrity Golf Tournament has raised more than $300,000 in resources for classrooms and students across Miami Dade County. Sponsors for this year’s event include PSAV, Boucher Brothers, Southern Wine & Spirits, Towne Park and more.
Entry into the 18-hole, scramble format tournament is $4,000 per foursome, which covers green fees for three players and one celebrity, premium gift bags, commemorative photo, breakfast, lunch and more.