GOLD STRIKE CASINO RESORT AND THE PAYTON FAMILY FOUNDATION PARTNER FOR 14TH ANNUAL WALTER PAYTON CELEBRITY SCHOLARSHIP GOLF CLASSIC
TUNICA, Miss. (July 29, 2012) –Golfers and community supporters are invited to the fourteenth Annual Walter Payton Celebrity Scholarship Golf Classic August 9-11, 2013 hosted by Gold Strike Casino Resort. The tournament will be held at Tunica National Golf Course. The public is invited to be spectators and watch dozens of celebrity athletes golf to support students headed to college.
Actor Glynn Turman, best known for his role as Colonel Taylor on "A Different World" and Clarence Royce on HBO's "The Wire" will attend the tournament for the first time. Former University of Tennessee - Knoxville football player and NFL standout Stanley Morgan and Walter Payton's long-time friend and college classmate Rickey Young are also scheduled to play.
Tournament Director Eddie Payton takes a personal interest in the Walter Payton Celebrity Scholarship Golf Classic. As Walter's brother, he is determined to ensure Walter's legacy lives through educational opportunities. "Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of young people who would not be able to fulfill their dream of a college education without financial support," said Eddie Payton. "When Walter died in 1999 of liver disease at the young age of 45, the Payton Family established a foundation to ensure that Walter's efforts to help others would continue."
The first Walter Payton Celebrity Scholarship Golf Classic was held in August 2000. Since then more than $1 million has been raised and more than 30 students have received four-year scholarships to attend the college of their choice.
"All proceeds go to students in need," said Director Payton. "We are dedicated to helping deserving students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a college education. We encourage everyone to join us in our efforts, play a round of golf, and even try your luck at the casino. It really is for a great cause that will continue to keep Walter's dream alive."
Participants are invited to join the field of celebrity players Saturday, August 10 at Tunica National Golf Course for the Skins & Corporate Challenge at 7:30 a.m. There will be a two man shot format with one celebrity and one player and a three man mini scramble with one celebrity and two players.
Walter Payton Celebrity Scholarship Golf Classic is open to the public and begins at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, August 11. This event is free for spectators.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eddie Payton at (601) 955-8790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Room rates during this special event begin at $69 per night. Visit GoldStrikeMississippi.com or call (888) 245-7529 for reservations.
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ABOUT THE WALTER & CONNIE PAYTON FOUNDATION
The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation is dedicated to the emotional healing of neglected, abused and underprivileged children by providing tools and opportunities to build self-esteem and encourage a better family unit giving hope for a brighter future. Visit www.Payton34.com for more information on upcoming projects and how to donate to the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation.
ABOUT GOLD STRIKE CASINO RESORT
Gold Strike Casino Resort, MGM Resorts International's 1,200-room resort located 30 minutes south of downtown Memphis in Tunica, Miss., recently completed the largest renovation and remodeling project in its history. The multi-million dollar transformation included all of Gold Strike's deluxe rooms and suites, hotel lobby, 30,000-square-foot conference and convention center, casino, high-limit gaming area, Chicago Steakhouse and the new Buffet Americana. The resort also features a refreshing spa and salon, the 800-seat Millennium Theatre, Atrium Café and 50,000 square feet of gaming space with 53 table games and more than 1,200 slot machines. For reservations or information, call 888-245-7529 or visit www.goldstrike.com.
Eddie Payton, Tournament Director, Walter Payton Celebrity Scholarship Golf Classic
Mary Cracchiolo Spain, Gold Strike Public Relations, (228) 386.7134, email@example.com