LAS VEGAS, NV (Nov. 21, 2014) — The Brian Gay Invitational returns to the Diamond Resorts International® Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club this December 12th – 14th to benefit Florida Hospital for Children and includes a weekend full of fun and activities including two world-class golf tournaments, trips to Orlando theme parks for non-golfers and families and a private concert featuring country music star Chris Young. Over 30 celebrity and sports figures will join Diamond Resorts’ business partners to have some fun and raise much-needed funds for this very important cause while experiencing first-hand what it means to Stay Vacationed.™ This event is possible through the generosity of Diamond Resorts’ business partners, team members and other supporters of Florida Hospital.
Participants will get the opportunity to add a celebrity to their foursome for Saturday’s celebrity/amateur tournament. The 2014 celebrity field includes hall of fame athletes Reggie Jackson, Gaylord Perry, Richard Dent and George Gervin, and 1980 U.S. Hockey Gold Medal winner, Mike Eruzione, who will compete on the renowned Mystic Dunes Golf Course, ranked #2 on “Orlando’s Top Five Golf Courses” by Floridagolfguide.com.
While golfers compete on the course, families are invited to spend the day at one of Orlando’s world-class theme parks. After the gala dinner, awards ceremony and live auction on December 13, participants will be treated to an exclusive concert by one of country music’s hottest performers, Chris Young. Recently selected by Country Weekly as “Country Music’s Sexiest Man,” the Grammy-nominated Young’s latest album A.M. features chart-topping hits “Aw Naw,” “Who I Am With You,” and “Lonely Eyes,” which the singer recently performed on the Late Show With David Letterman.
The culminating event of the weekend will be Sunday’s Diamond Resorts Celebrity Invitational, where participating celebrities will compete head to head in Celebrity and PGA Tour Player categories. Former Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien and PGA Tour player Nick O’Hern return to defend their titles.
“Being able to offer two world-class golf competitions, on such a beautiful and challenging course as Mystic Dunes Golf Course, and bringing together such accomplished athletes and musicians for a fantastic weekend among family and friends allows Diamond Resorts to make a real difference in the lives of children,” said Michael Flaskey, executive vice president, chief sales and marketing officer, Diamond Resorts International®. “It is our honor to help raise funds for such a worthy cause. Thanks to the generosity of our participants and sponsors, we hope to build on last year’s success.”
As a company dedicated to the understanding that taking vacations is beneficial to people’s health, happiness and relationships with their loved ones, Diamond Resorts presents events like these as an opportunity for families to spend valuable time together creating memories while at the same time helping others. Last year’s Brian Gay Invitational raised more than $410,000 for the Florida Hospital for Children.
The following celebrities have committed to participate in this year’s Invitational:
|Jose||Alvarez||Retired MLB Player|
|Tommy||Armour III||PGA Tour Player|
|Roger||Clemens||Retired MLB Player|
|John||Cook||PGA Tour Player|
|Johnny||Damon||Retired MLB Player|
|Robert||Damron||PGA Tour Player/Sportscaster|
|Richard||Dent||NFL Hall of Fame Inductee|
|Mike||Eruzione||U.S. Olympic Hockey Legend|
|Brian||Gay||PGA Tour Player|
|George||Gervin||NBA Hall of Fame Inductee|
|Troy||Glaus||Retired MLB Player|
|Grant||Hill||Retired NBA Player|
|JB||Holmes||PGA Tour Player|
|Reggie||Jackson||MLB Hall of Fame Inductee|
|Ray||Lankford||Retired MLB Player|
|Ryan||Longwell||Retired NFL Player|
|Joe||Magrane||Retired MLB Player/Sportscaster|
|Kevin||Millar||Retired MLB Player/Sportscaster|
|Phil||Nevin||Retired MLB Player|
|Nick||O’Hern||PGA Tour Player|
|Bo||Outlaw||Retired NBA Player|
|Carl||Paulson||Retired PGA Tour Player/Sportscaster|
|Dennis||Paulson||Retired PGA Tour Player/Sportscaster|
|Gaylord||Perry||MLB Hall of Fame Inductee|
|Chad||Pfeifer||U.S. Military Veteran and Wounded Warrior|
|Dan||Plesac||Retired MLB Player/Sportscaster|
|D.A.||Points||PGA Tour Player|
|Kenny||Rogers||Retired MLB Player|
|Mark||Rypien||Retired NFL Player|
|Art||Smith||Celebrity Chef and Humanitarian|
|John||Smoltz||Retired MLB Player/Sportscaster|
|Michael||Stewart||Retired NBA Player|
|Frank||Viola||Retired MLB Player|
|Tim||Wakefield||Retired MLB Player|
For additional information about the Brian Gay Invitational and the Celebrity Invitational, visit www.briangayinvitational.org or http://briangayinvitational.tumblr.com/.
About Diamond Resorts International®
Diamond Resorts International® (NYSE: DRII), 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 relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, with truly memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™
Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® through 93 managed resorts, 210 affiliated properties and cruise itineraries. To learn more, visit www.diamondresorts.com.
Source: Diamond Resorts International
Liz Feldman, 732-387-0515