First Annual B J Upton Golf Tourney
Just in time for the grand Superbowl events this week, one of the Tampa Bay Rays will be holding his inaugural Golfing Event to aid St. Vincents de Paul charities throughout the Tampa Bay area. Starting tomorrow, the Tampa Bay Rays starting center fielder B J Upton will host the First Annual B J Upton Celebrity Golf Classic at the Hunter’s Green Country Club in Tampa, FL. The tournament, which will be attended by many of B J’s Tampa Bay Rays teammates, local athletes and celebrities, will benefit St. Vincent de Paul.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides three meals a day 365 days a year for the hungry and homeless of St. Petersburg, FL. They also prove a night shelter and other services for those in need. The Rays and their coaches’ and players’ have volunteered during several events this past year for this charity, but with the economic times being so unstable the Tampa Bay area is experiencing high need for food and shelter this winter.
As St. Vincent de Paul is just a few blocks away from Tropicana Field, BJ took an interest in their work in the community and wanted to help. By holding this golf tournament, he hopes to raise money for the hungry, the homeless, and the poor of St. Petersburg. This is Upton’s first venture into the hosting of a local charity event and hope that the timing with the NFL’s top event can also help his event flourish in it’s first year.
Registration for the event will begin at 9:45 am on Tuesday with a scheduled first tee off time scheduled for 11 am. The tournament will be followed by a dinner and a baseball and other sports memorabilia auction that will include signed jerseys, balls and memorabilia from superstars in all sports and will include many items from the 2008 American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays.
If interested in playing in the tournament please contact Latricia Goding at ( 757 ) 532-8701 or ( 727 ) 836-970 or email her at LaGoding@hotmail.com. Pre registration and confirmation would be appreciated to enable the events coordinators to estimate the events capacity before Tuesday. If you can not make the event, but want to support the charity by submitting a donation, please make checks payable to St. Vincent de Paul and send to:
BJ Upton Celebrity Golf Classic
C/o Latricia Goding
1620 Sweetspire Dr.
Trinity, FL 34655