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Riviera Golf Tourney Benefiting Blind Children’s Center Scores Big

Patti & Tom Sullivan, Rosemary & Greg Mack
Steve Garvey on the links.
Steve Garvey takes his shot.

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 5:23 PM

Stars from the entertainment and sports worlds took to the fairways and greens of the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades to raise funds for the Tom Sullivan Blind Children’s Center Celebrity Golf Classic. The Center, located in Hollywood, serves 100 children annually—from birth through second grade—who are blind or visually impaired, providing them with the educational foundation for all their future endeavors. This year marked the 25th installment of the Classic, an event spearheaded by the partnership of blind actor, writer and athlete Tom Sullivan and former L.A. Dodger and baseball great Steve Garvey.

Thanks to the generosity of title sponsor John Hancock Insurance, more than 120 golfers, including an array of athletes, entertainers, public officials, and media personalities joined forces to play 18 holes of charity golf. Notable celebrities included NFL stars Reggie Bush, Byron Chamberlain and Zac Diles; NBA legend Norm Nixon, actorRon Masak, and ABC sportscaster Rob Fukuzaki who all played on behalf of the children. 

Following a full day of golf, the crowd of golfers and dinner guests bid on an array of silent auction items thanks to charitable contributions from a score of Beverly Hills restaurants and businesses. The silent auction brought in tens of thousands of dollars in additional revenue for the Center.

During the evening reception guests enjoyed a special presentation from keynote speaker and celebrity emcee, Jim Nantz. The three time Emmy award-winning and five time-time National Sportscaster of the Year, joined CBS Television Network in 1985.

Former Blind Children’s Center Board President Scott Schaldenbrand won the event’s Spirit of Light Award for his service to the organization over the years. The award was created in Steve Garvey’s honor to recognize one individual a year who exemplifies Steve’s dedication and service to the Center and the community.

“It was the Tom Sullivan Celebrity Golf Classic that first brought the Blind Children’s Center to my attention,” said Schaldenbrand. “As a life-long golfer, playing at the Riviera was once in a lifetime opportunity that piqued my interest. It’s a team effort. We bring hope to children and their families who need it the most, that’s why we’re here.”

Those  interested in attending next year’s Classic as a golfer or dinner guest, may contact Laurie Headley at 323-664-2153, ext. 2342, via email at laurie@blindchildrenscenter.org,  or visit online to learn more about the tournament at http://www.blindchildren’scenter.org/new-events/special-events-tom-sullivan/