Jamie's Hope Golf Tournament for a Cure Grows by 250%

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In just one year, phenomenal growth and new celebrity participation adorns this full-filled tournament raising funds for The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Photo by Shawn Chippendale

Chita Johnson, Celebrity Golfer at Jamie's Hope Tournament. Photo by Shawn Chippendale.

The Jamie’s Hope Foundation hosted the Second Annual Golf Tournament for a Cure this past Friday, selling out both courses with over 240 golfers at Wildcat Golf Club and boasting an additional 40-plus guests at the newly added 19th Hole Lounge. From 9am-7pm, guests enjoyed an all-inclusive day full of food, drinks, games, awards, prizes, live and silent auctions and more.

The tournament kicked off with a breakfast by the event sponsors, My Fit Foods and Squeezed Detox and Pressed Juice, along with the extravagant bloody mary bar sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka. Prior to the shotgun start, radio personality Scott Sparks auctioned off four celebrity golfers and eight celebrity caddies. Celebrity golfers included Houston Texans Pro-Bowl center Chris Myers, former Houston Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter, Houston's favorite weather girl, Chita Johnson of KHOU Channel 11 and Fox 26 reporter Katie McCall.

On-course activities included BBQ by Serial Grillers, turkey legs by Tesco Corporation, giveaways from MacDermid Offshore Solutions, Cyclone Cycles, Freedom Boat Club, Hard Core Pilates, Squeezed, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House and Thru Tubing Solutions, and a full stop-smoking campaign by Joy's Pure Vapor. Over 100 participants pledged to quit smoking and threw their tobacco products in the trash.

Meanwhile, the 19th Hole Lounge opened at 3pm, allowing non-golfing guests the opportunity to participate in the event. Anchored by a 40-foot Red Bull tent and fully-stocked bar, courtesy of the Flying Pug Lounge of Spring, Texas, the lounge offered guests bites by Soma Sushi and Bonjour Creperie, sounds by DJ Senega, the opportunity to mix and mingle with Houston Texans Cheerleaders and receive puppy kisses from the sweet pugs up for adoption (courtesy of PugHearts of Houston).

As golfers joined the lounge guests, all filtered into a 100-foot tent to enjoy a phenomenal steak and chicken dinner provided by Del Frisco's Steak House, followed by the awards ceremony and tons of prize giveaways. The tournament wrapped up as Jamie's Hope founder Jamie Gilmore and event co-chair Mark Levesque of Chevron performed a helicopter ball drop, featuring over $8,000 in prizes, including a $2,500 membership to Freedom Boat Club of Conroe, Texas. As they say, there's never a dull moment at the Jamie's Hope tournaments!

Without both the in-kind and monetary sponsors, the event would not be possible. Special thanks go out to Eagle Sponsor, Del Frisco's Steak House, Par Sponsor, Southwest Infiniti, Birdie Sponsors, Tubular Solutions Inc. and S&S Plating, as well as Red Bull North America, Silver Eagle Distributors, Coca-Cola and Dulce Vida Tequila. Hole Sponsors included Serial Grillers, Charity Golf International, MacDermid, Deep Eddy Vodka, Hard Core Pilates, CRA, Tejas Tubular, Tesco, United Vision Logistics, VES Survey International, Superior Threaded Products, Voli Vodka, NOV Wellbore Technologies, Newpark Drilling, Joy's Pure Vapor, Fireball Whiskey, Sooner Pipe, Bureau Veritas, Whitmeyer's Whiskey/Space City Vodka, Pro-Mag Inspections, QIC Inc., Cactus Wellhead, One-Armed Bandit, Freedom Boat Club, Dulce Vida Tequila, Squeezed, Baker Hughes, NDE/CTSI, Express Bolting, Tenaris, and Cinco Vodka, and Jagermeister. Underwriters; First American Title and Tiger Rentals.

Other sponsors included Greenberg, Grant & Richards, ProActive Media Group, TCP Capital Partners, Houston Modern Luxury Magazine, Brand New Media, Signature Aspen Printing, 3D Image Wear, Grand Prix of Houston, K&B Machine, Commercial Wireless Solutions, Patho Pro, Sky Link Software, AuctionsByCellular, The Ticket Experience, Michelob Ultra, Grey Goose, Maker's Mark, Planet Beach, Red Stag, Blowfish, Bloody Revolution, Aquene Salon, Azur West Salon, Benjy's, Blackhorse Limo, Bliss Salon, Brian Vogel Photography, Cardino PPL, Circa of the Americas, DeWalt, EarchPhoto, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Elaine Turner, Extreme Water Sports, Festari for Men, Firestone Automotive, Golf Galazy, Guyton Photography, Horseshoe Casino, iHostPoker LLC, Last Castle Media, Laura Guerra Photography, Lucho, Massage Heights, Michels Salon, Mister French Gourmet Bakery, Post Oak Publications, Quy Tran Photography, Rachel Marie Photography, Roqqua Jewelry, Shawn Chippendale Photography, Shell Houston Open, Spec's, Sword to Sword, Drinkery, and The Padgett Group.

Honorary Chairs Bob Allen, Billy Frank, Steve Haug, Stan Loving, Chris & Jenny Myers, Scott Sieck, Zaidi Syed, David Thomas and Kevin & Caroline Walter joined in on the fun, along with 19th Hole Lounge hosts, Angela Lipsey, Neera Patidar, Vanessa Derks, Susan Walker, Lindsey George, and Magen Pastor. Proceeds from the event benefited Targeted Therapy research at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The Jamie’s Hope team works year-round to produce top-notch fundraising events benefiting Targeted Therapy cancer treatment research at M.D. Anderson and other charitable causes. The successes of these events are credited largely to sponsors and corporate partners who lend their names and financial support. By participating as a sponsor or partner, your organization will benefit from extended exposure through media campaigns and promotional efforts. For a small donation, you're be able to enjoy excellent exposure to an important segment of your target audience while helping Jamie’s Hope accelerate groundbreaking cancer treatments. For more information on being a sponsor, please contact Executive Director, Amanda(at)JamiesHope(dot)org.

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