Eddie Levert to Perform at the 2016 Julius Erving Golf Classic Sept. 10-12 in Philadelphia, PA

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Julius Erving Golf Classic Ball, Red Carpet & Pairings Party to be held Sept. 11 at the Sofitel Hotel in Downtown Philadelphia

Julius and Dorys Erving share a special moment as Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire takes the stage for a surprise performance.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Singer-songwriter Eddie Levert will take the stage for a special performance at the 2nd annual Julius Erving Golf Classic Ball, Red Carpet and Pairings Party, held Sunday, September 11, at the sophisticated Sofitel Hotel in downtown Philadelphia, PA.

Levert, best known as the lead vocalist of the legendary R&B/Soul Vocal group, The O’Jays, will perform at the Erving Black Tie Ball in support of the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. The exclusive event will welcome celebrities, current and former sports legends and VIP guests for a luxurious evening filled with signature cocktails, incredible cuisine, special guests and a stunning performance from Levert.

Hosted by ESPN’s Jay Harris and Professional Golfer & Fashion Designer Seema Sadekar, The Julius Erving Golf Classic, presented by Delta Airlines and Zacapa Rum, will take place over three days, kicking-off on September 10, with the Erving Youth Basketball Clinic in partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers, Grab A Ball & Play, and Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. The clinic will be followed by a special Julius Erving Discussion Panel, where Erving along with fellow NBA Head Coach Brett Brown and notable Philadelphia personalities will discuss sports, local initiatives and community development within Philadelphia. The following day, September 11, The ACE Club will host guests for the Elite Partner Practice Rounds followed by the Erving Ball, Red Carpet and Pairings Party at The Sofitel, Philadelphia.

On the final day of September 12, all golfing guests will head to the ACE Club to tee-it-up in the Official Julius Erving Golf Classic Tournament. While participants are on course, ladies will enjoy a Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Experience with Dorys Erving, wife of Julius. Post round guests can head to the The Erving Day Lounge featuring signature cocktails and nosh while DJ Sugar Ray spins by the 18th green. After the round, the top-3 celebrities will select one player in their group and enter into “The Erving Playoffs”, an alternate shot match on the 18th hole. Limited tickets are available for purchase where guests may enjoy The Erving Lounge, watch the playoff and engage with their favorite celebrities followed by the special closing ceremonies and awards presentation.

Celebrity guests scheduled to attend include: Current NBA Stars Andre Iguodala, Gerald Henderson Jr. and Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Head Coach Brett Brown, current and former NBA stars Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Byron Scott, John Starks, Mike Woodson, Reggie Theus, Rick Berry, Gerald Henderson Sr., and World B Free, NFL Greats Marcus Allen and Richard Dent, Musical greats Tony Cornelius and Mike Phillips and actors Alan Thicke, Chris Tucker, George Lopez, Vivica A. Fox and more.

Notable Erving Classic sponsors include: The Philadelphia 76ers, Delta Air Lines, Zacapa Rum, Tanqeray Gin, Monster Cables, Vessel Golf, The Royal Athena and The Royal Worthington, Roots of Fight, PING, Le Meridien Philadelphia, King Transportation, Steigen Sportswear, Nestle Waters and more.

The event celebrates the achievements of Julius “Dr.J” Erving in the city of Philadelphia with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Salvation Army, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing comfort, food, shelter and care to the needy around the world. The event also benefits Grab A Ball & Play, an organization that gifts athletic balls to children who are underprivileged, as well as DEFY, an organization that provides healthy meals and nutritional development to children who struggle with obesity. VIP Packages for the Julius Erving Golf Classic can be tailored to include golf, hospitality, and invitations to the private parties. For information on Erving tickets, packages and experiences call Play Golf Designs Inc. 310.926.4075 or email info@playgolfdesigns.com. For media inquiries: Rachel Rees: Rachel@pgdglobal.com.

Play Golf Designs, Inc. (PGD Global) is a golf marketing & event company, directing and participating in luxury events for some of the world’s most legendary athletes, entertainers and organizations including Coach Mike Woodson, Julius Erving, Jeffrey Osborne, Viacom, The Broadcasters Foundation of America, Chris Tucker, Reggie Jackson and Ahmad Rashad. PGD blends pop culture and entertainment, creating the most unique, innovative golf events and experiences for each client. PGD Global focuses on celebrating diversity and inclusion in golf while welcoming women to the game with open arms. Specializing in connecting golf to the modern world of trends and fashion, PGD Global operates golf and lifestyle events and experiences all around the country, welcoming new golfers and businesses to the game. http://pgdglobal.com/. Tweet or Instagram @PGDGlobal or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/PlayGolfDesigns

The ACE Club in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania is the most exclusive corporate club in Greater Philadelphia. The 35,000 square foot clubhouse is the centerpiece of the 300+ acres of pristinely manicured grounds. The comprehensive clubhouse has multiple meeting rooms for corporate meetings and small corporate events, and the entire structure is outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art technology and wireless capabilities. The ACE Club is also home to one of the top-ranked golf courses in Philadelphia, it was noted in January 2015 on Golf Digest's Best in State, and are ranked in the top 20 private courses for Pennsylvania. The 7,500 yard Gary Player Signature Design course is equipped with five tee placements catering to golfers of all abilities. With one of the top caddie programs in Philadelphia to help you navigate the golf course, The ACE Club is a true golf experience. For more information, visit their website at http://www.theaceclubonline.com

Sofitel, AccorHotels’ authentic luxury brand, blends local culture and French art de vivre to create magnificent moments for international travelers seeking a uniquely elegant experience. Guests staying at one of Sofitel’s 121 addresses will enjoy design, culture, gastronomy and wellness. All over the world, Sofitel promises travelers looking for contemporary accommodation, a skillful blend of local culture and French art de vivre. Each address is distinctive, with its own “cousu-main” service, stylish interior, and inspired and creative gastronomy. The brand’s hotels are located in large cities like Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai, or set against wonderful landscapes in destinations like Morocco, Egypt, Thailand and even French Polynesia. Tweet us. IG us. Visit us.

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