LAS VEGAS, NV (Dec. 12, 2013) — DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL® (NYSE: DRII), a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, announced it raised more than $410,000 in net proceeds to benefit the Walt Disney Pavilion at the Florida Hospital for Children (FHFC) at its first annual Brian Gay Invitational at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club in Celebration, Fla. on Dec. 6-8, 2013.
Hosting more than 300 attendees, golfers and celebrities, the Brian Gay Invitational included a private golf clinic with PGA touring professional Brian Gay, and professional golf instructor Joe Mayo, followed by a celebrity/amateur golf tournament and award dinner. Saturday’s golf tournament offered a unique opportunity, as each foursome was paired with a celebrity. The winning team featured retired PGA Tour player Carl Paulson, Robert Foster, Mike Merchent and his 12-year-old son, Clay.
The Brian Gay Invitational hosted a celebrity-only golf tournament on Sunday. The winner of the Professional Golf Division was PGA touring professional Nick O’Hern, who received $15,000. The Celebrity Champion was retired NFL player Mark Rypien, who received $10,000.
One of the highlights of the weekend was a live concert on the driving range featuring a roster of premier musicians featuring original band members from Hootie and the Blowfish, including bassist Dean Felber and lead guitarist Mark Bryan, Creed drummer Scott Phillips and a special guest performance by Darius Rucker. The concert concluded with Brian and Kimberly Gay accompanying Darius Rucker on stage.
For non-golfers, the weekend included VIP trips to local area attractions and a tour of the Florida Hospital for Children.
“From arrival to departure, Diamond Resorts International truly delivered a world-class event. It was an honor to be a part of this weekend and lend my support to this charitable effort and very worthy cause,” said Brian Gay, Diamond’s PGA touring professional.
According to Michael Flaskey, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing – North America, Diamond Resorts International, “With the immense support and tremendous generosity of our celebrities, golfers and sponsors, we were able to not only achieve our goal, but go well beyond our expectations. We want to thank every attendee for making this possible and contributing to our fundraising efforts for the Florida Hospital for Children.”
The following celebrities participated in the Brian Gay Invitational:
Marcus Allen, Hall of Fame Football Player
Johnny Damon, Retired MLB Player
Richard Dent, Retired NFL Player
Mike Eruzione, Olympic Hockey Legend
Troy Glaus, Retired MLB Player
John Hart, MLB Executive
Grant Hill, Retired NBA Player
J.B. Holmes, PGA Tour Player
Reggie Jackson, Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Lee Janzen, PGA Tour Player
Ray Lankford, Retired MLB Player
Ryan Longwell, NFL Player
Joe Magrane, Retired MLB Player/Commentator
Charlie Manuel, MLB Manager
Joe Mayo, Professional Golf Instructor
Kevin Millar, Retired MLB Player/Sportscaster
Phil Nevin, Retired MLB Player
Bud Norris, MLB Player
Jose Alvarez, retired MLB Player
Nick O’Hern, PGA Tour Player
Carl Paulson, Retired PGA Tour Player
A.J. Pierzynski, MLB Player
Dan Plesac, Retired MLB Player
Darius Rucker, Country Music Superstar
Mark Rypien, Retired NFL Player
John Smoltz, Retired MLB Player/Sportscaster
Michael “Yogi” Stewart, Retired NBA Player
Frank Viola, Retired MLB Player
Mark Bryan, Lead Guitarist
Dean Felber, Bassist
Scott Phillips, Drummer
Mark Tremonti, Guitarist
Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 300 vacation destinations located in 33 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, provides guests with choices and flexibility as they design their dream vacation, whether they’re traveling an hour away or around the world. Our hassle-free, relaxing vacations give guests a truly memorable experience every time, for a lifetime.
Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations of a Lifetime™ through 92 managed resorts, 210 affiliated properties and four cruise itineraries. To learn more, visit DiamondResorts.com.
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Diamond Resorts International®
Stevi Wara, 702-823-7069
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing – North America