When golf professionals, celebrity guests and enthusiastic amateurs tee off for the Aladdin Classic Golf Tournament, hosted by Robert Gamez, its a foregone conclusion who the winners will be: the kids of Las Vegas.
The Pro-Am Celebrity tournament, scheduled for January 29 at the TPC in Summerlin, will benefit three childrens organizations: St. Judes Ranch, Ronald McDonald House and First Tee, a national PGA program aimed at getting inner city kids off the streets and out on the links at an early age.
All three organizations will benefit through the Robert Gamez Foundation, which has been conducting events of this sort since 1993.
"The Aladdin is the newest resort on the Strip, and when they stepped up to sponsor the tournament during their first year of operation, we were delighted," said Gamez. "It demonstrates a real commitment to the community."
This years tournament will include one pro celebrity and four amateurs in each start. Among the pros committed to play are Fuzzy Zoeller, a winner of the Las Vegas Invitational, long ball wizard John Daly, and top PGA pro, Carl Paulson.
Included in the celebrity line-up will be hometown hero Gregg Maddox of the Atlanta Braves, pro boxer Tommy "Hit Man" Hearns, and baseball great Frank Thomas.
The night before the tournament, Aladdin will host a gala banquet with both a silent and public auction. Items up for bid include a pin flag from the U.S. Open won by Tiger Woods, a jersey from basketball legend Michael Jordan, a football jersey from Miami Dolphin great Dan Marino, and a baseball autographed by Mark McGuire, along with a game program from 1998 the year he hit a record breaking 62 home runs.
An added incentive for the players will be a brand new Rolls Royce for anyone who gets a hole-in-one on the 17th green.
Tickets are on sale through the Robert Gamez Foundation office. Prices are $10 for adults; children under the age of 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Call 256-5183 for more information.
After nine years in Special Projects in the U.S. Air Force, Dave Roberts joined the gaming industry. In five years at the Tropicana, he worked up through the marketing department to the level of Casino Marketing Manager. He then went to marketing at United Coin Machine Company, and has pursued other opportunities.
Dave has a BS degree from UNLV in Hospitality Management, and a wide range of experience including database marketing, slot marketing, promotions, player development, Internet marketing and special events.