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Toby Keith Foundation's 10th annual fundraiser brings in $1 million

The Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, along with its Denim & Diamond dinner and auction, benefits the country music star's foundation and its primary project: the construction of the OK Kids Korral, a home-away-from-home for Oklahoma children fighting cancer and their families.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm •  Published: May 15, 2013

The 2012 fundraiser raised $664,000.

Juliet Nees-Bright, executive director of The Toby Keith Foundation, said the appearance of Edmond resident Beth McDowell and her daughter Mia, 3, at Friday's event also moved donors. Mia, who is cancer-free after battling stage 4 neuroblastoma, enchanted attendees when she began twirling around the stage.

“When I told them about our day rooms for families who live relatively close to OKC, but who have multiple appointments in a day, she (Beth) told me how they ... really needed a place like the Korral while they were in treatment,” Nees-Bright said. “So, I asked her to come speak to the people at our event.”

The Korral, 818 NE 8, also will have overnight suites for families who must travel hundreds of miles from rural Oklahoma towns for their children to receive treatment, plus a kitchen, dining hall, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, game rooms and a movie theater.

Together, the live and silent auction totals were by far the biggest in the fundraiser's 10-year history. Organizers believe the event is one of the biggest auctions ever in the state, according to the release.

In addition, a record-breaking 240 people participated in Saturday's golf tournament at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, forcing organizers to arrange two separate shotgun starts for the first time.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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