Plans announced for 2013 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Too big to be contained in just one day – or even one state – the 2013 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic will be better than ever this year, with new venues, new events, and new celebrity guests to help raise money for the region’s only children’s hospital.
The festivities will take place June 23 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, Tenn. and June 24 at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va.
“We are pleased to welcome some new faces this year, like country music star Darius Rucker and former Dallas Cowboys Running Back Emmitt Smith, along with returning favorites like Jason Witten, Dan Marino and Corey Pavin,” said Patty Bolton, corporate director of events for the Mountain States Foundation. “This event has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, thanks to a tremendous outpouring of support not only from our local community, but also from so many celebrity guests across the country who have volunteered their time to come and support our children.”
Funds from the event will be used to purchase syringe pumps for patients at Niswonger Children’s Hospital. The pumps are used to deliver precise doses of medication through IV lines.
This year, for the first time, a benefit concert will be the focal point of the celebration on Sunday, June 23. Country music sensation Darius Rucker, formerly lead vocalist for Hootie & The Blowfish, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC) in Greeneville, Tenn. Tickets are available for $75 at the balcony level or $150 for orchestra level. VIP tickets will also be available for $250, which include special concert seating with golfers and celebrities, as well as admission to the VIP Par-Tee reception before the show, sponsored by CrestPoint Health.
For balcony or orchestra level concert tickets, call the NPAC box office at 423-638-1679 or visit www.npacgreeneville.com. For Par-Tee tickets, call Tiffany Willis at 423-302-3131.
On Monday morning, the festivities will continue at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va. The spectators’ gallery will be back by popular demand this year, with tickets available for $100 for adults or $50 for children 12 and younger. The gallery will be located near the Virginian clubhouse, with good views of players on holes 9, 10 and 18. Coolers are not permitted in the gallery, but concessions will be available for purchase. For gallery tickets, call 423-302-3131.
A limited number of slots are still available for golfers. For more information, call Patty Bolton at 423-302-3124.
The special guests expected at this year’s event are:
Scott Niswonger – Chief benefactor of Niswonger Children’s Hospital
Steve Johnson – Former tight end for New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys, president of Johnson Commercial Development in Bristol, Va.
Ray Allen – NBA player, Miami Heat
Frank Beamer – Head football coach for Virginia Tech
Jim Crane – Owner of Houston Astros
Dell Curry – Former NBA player
Stephen Curry – NBA player, Golden State Warriors
Phillip Fulmer – Former head football coach for UT Vols
Hallerin Hilton Hill – Radio and TV host of “Anything is Possible”
Charles Kelly – Singer-songwriter, Lady Antebellum
Bob Kesling – The Voice of the Vols
Dan Marino – Former quarterback for Miami Dolphins, broadcaster on “The NFL Today”
Cuonzo Martin – Retired NBA player and current head coach for UT men’s basketball
Larry Mize – PGA player
Corey Pavin – PGA player
Tom Purtzer – PGA player
Darius Rucker – Country music star
Emmitt Smith – Former running back for Dallas Cowboys
Bruce Smith – Former defensive end for Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins
Mike Smith – Head coach, Atlanta Falcons
Jim Stuckey – Former defensive lineman for San Francisco 49ers
Jason Witten – Tight end for Dallas Cowboys