Diamond Resorts’ recent Brian Gay Invitational charity golf tournament has raised more than $410,000 to benefit the Florida Hospital for Children.
The first annual Brian Gay Invitational was held at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club in Celebration, Florida from 6-8 December, and the company has announced that all the net proceeds will benefit the Walt Disney Pavilion at the Florida Hospital for Children (FHFC).
Hosting more than 300 attendees, golfers and celebrities, the Brian Gay Invitational included a private golf clinic with PGA touring professional Brian Gay, and professional golf instructor Joe Mayo, followed by a celebrity/amateur golf tournament and award dinner.
Saturday’s golf tournament offered a unique opportunity, as each foursome was paired with a celebrity. The winning team featured retired PGA Tour player Carl Paulson, Robert Foster, Mike Merchent and his 12-year-old son, Clay.
The Brian Gay Invitational hosted a celebrity-only golf tournament on Sunday, with PGA touring professional Nick O’Hern winning the Professional Golf Division (and a prize of $15,000) and retired NFL player Mark Rypien taking the prize – and $10,000 – as the Celebrity Champion.
One of the highlights of the weekend was a live concert on the driving range featuring a roster of premier musicians featuring original band members from Hootie and the Blowfish, including bassist Dean Felber and lead guitarist Mark Bryan, Creed drummer Scott Phillips and a special guest performance by singer Darius Rucker. The concert concluded with Brian and Kimberly Gay accompanying Rucker on stage.
For non-golfers, the weekend included VIP trips to local area attractions and a tour of the Florida Hospital for Children.
Brian Gay, Diamond’s PGA touring professional, said: “From arrival to departure, Diamond Resorts International truly delivered a world-class event. It was an honor to be a part of this weekend and lend my support to this charitable effort and very worthy cause.”
Michael Flaskey, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing – North America, Diamond Resorts International, added: “With the immense support and tremendous generosity of our celebrities, golfers and sponsors, we were able to not only achieve our goal, but go well beyond our expectations.
“We want to thank every attendee for making this possible and contributing to our fundraising efforts for the Florida Hospital for Children.”