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Legends Golf Classic continues to grow in fifth year

Pacific's annual athletic fundraiser generates $350,000 with golf tourney, silent auction
by: Photo courtesy of Pacific University KISS guitarist and Beaverton native Tommy Thayer poses before a concert last Sunday night that benefited Pacific University athletics.

It's a winning formula.

Two star-studded days of music and golf with Tommy Thayer and his celebrity friends has translated to another exceptional fundraising success for Pacific University athletics.

The 2011 Pacific University Legends Golf Classic, hosted last weekend by the KISS lead guitarist and Beaverton native, grossed over $350,000 to benefit the school's 21-sport NCAA Division III athletics program. In the five years of the event, Thayer and his friends have netted over a half million dollars in support of Pacific's student-athletes.

This year's sellout crowd enjoyed a rocking night of music and a perfect day of golf with 25 celebrities from the worlds of music, sports and entertainment. More than 400 people attended Sunday night's dinner, auction and concert at the Tiger Woods Center at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, and a total of 185 golfers participated in a picture perfect day of golf at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha on Monday.

'From Sunday's concert to the great weather we enjoyed on Monday, it was a phenomenal event,' Thayer said. 'I sincerely thank everyone involved who made the 2011 Legends Golf Classic such a great success.

'It was our best event yet and I am looking forward to what the 2012 tournament will bring.'

The Sunday night concert brought together several of the biggest names from the world of music. Joining Thayer on stage were country music stars Clint Black, Johnny Lee and Darius Rucker; original lead guitarist of the Eagles, Don Felder; legendary guitarist Robby Krieger from The Doors; KISS drummer Eric Singer; and original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine.

Other highlights of the 2011 Pacific University Legends Golf Classic included:

• A live auction featuring the sale of a limited edition Mini Cooper automobile, decked out in Thayer's KISS 'Spaceman' persona. The car, full of KISS memorabilia, sold for $31,000.

• Holly Sonders, host of the Golf Channel's 'Morning Drive,' hosted Sunday night's dinner, concert and live auction, held for the first time at the Tiger Woods Center at the Nike World Headquarters. The auction alone grossed over $200,000 for the Pacific University athletics program.

• Joining Thayer in the Monday golf competition were PGA professionals Notah Begay III, Arron Oberholser, Alex Cejka, Tommy Masters, Brian Henninger and Jason Allred; LPGA stars Amber Prange and Perry Swenson; MLB stars Scott Erickson, Chuck Finley and Richie Sexson; NFL standout Leroy Irvin, legendary music manager Doc McGhee and actors Clint Howard and David Anders.

• The Legends Golf Classic was covered on-site by media sponsors KGW NewsChannel 8 and 1190 KEX Radio as well as AM 860 KPAM, AM 1360 KUIK and The Oregonian. Extensive pre-tournament coverage was provided by a number of Portland-area radio stations as well as the Portland Business Journal. On the national scene, Thayer was featured on the Golf Channel's 'Morning Drive,' The Robert Wuhl Show, and will also be featured in a future edition of Golf Magazine.

Planning has already begun for the sixth annual Legends Golf Classic, which will take place in Summer 2012. For more information, including celebrity biographies and media coverage of the event, please visit www.pacificlegendsgolf.com.