NORMAN — With the help of more than a thousand fellow celebrities and supporters, Toby Keith's 10th annual hometown fundraiser raised more than $1 million last weekend.
The Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, along with its Denim & Diamond dinner and auction, benefits the Toby Keith Foundation and its primary project: the construction of the OK Kids Korral, a home-away-from-home for Oklahoma children who are fighting cancer.
The $8.5 million, 25,000-square-foot lodge on the south end of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is due to open in a matter of months.
“For the first time, we get to show people some results of what we've been working on for the last decade,” Keith said backstage at Friday's Denim & Diamond event at Riverwind Casino. “The OK Kids Korral should be open in the fall, and people get to drive by and actually see where their money went.”
Having results to show seemed to resonate with supporters at the two-day event. With Keith and Tulsa comedian Rodney Carrington acting as auctioneers, Friday night's live auction raised nearly $500,000 alone.
The highest-priced item was a behind-the-scenes day with Keith's crew on his upcoming “Hammer Down Tour.”
The Denim & Diamonds dinner also boasted nearly 100 silent auction items, including the opportunity to name a sandwich at the Oklahoma City Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, which sold for $10,000.
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