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Celebs turn out for Pacific benefit

Tommy Thayer again pulled together an impressive list of entertainers and sports figures for the fifth annual Legends Golf Tournament.
by: Photo by Heidi Hoffman for Pacific University Country star Clint Black entertained guests at a Sunday evening dinner at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike Campus. Other notable musicians who turned out included Don Felder (Eagles), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Danny Seraphine (Chicago) and, of course, Pacific University Trustee Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for KISS.

Some event planners complain that it's hard to get even the most generous celebrities out to Oregon for charity appearances.

Well, that hasn't been a problem for Pacific University since Beaverton's Tommy Thayer joined the board of trustees in 2005.

Thayer, the lead guitarist for KISS, again pulled together an impressive list of entertainers and sports figures for the fifth annual Legends Golf Tournament.

The two-day event featured an evening of fine dining and music at the Nike campus in Beaverton on Sunday followed by a day of golf at The Reserve in Aloha. Over the past four years, the event, which includes a Sunday evening auction, has raised about $400,000 a year.

This year the university earmarked some of the funds for renovation of the Stoller Center fieldhouse, which serves as an indoor practice area during the wet Oregon spring and a year-round space for intramurals and community events. One improvement will be installation of a turf field.

Thayer, a 1978 Sunset High School graduate, played youth sports in Beaverton is an avid golfer. He told the News-Times in 2007 that he viewed the event as a chance to raise money for Boxer athletics and showcase the University to a wider audience.

Based on reports from the weekend, he again achieved his goal.