Golfing for good

Toby Keith will celebrate the 10th annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic tournament this weekend. Proceeds go toward construction of OK Kid’s Korral, a cost-free home for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

In 2003, Scott Webb, one of Keith’s original band members, lost his 2-year-old daughter to cancer. Keith, after seeing the toll the commute to and from treatment centers took on his bandmate’s family, resolved to create a facility in the metro that could meet the needs of families like the Webbs’.

The country superstar founded The Toby Keith Foundation in 2006 to make that dream a reality. 

Executive director Juliet Nees- Bright said the organization’s purpose is simple.

“Our mission is to help provide comfort and happiness to kids with cancer and their families,” she said.

In 2008, the foundation helped renovate the 10th floor of The Hemotology/ Oncology Unit in The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.

Construction on OK Kid’s Korral began in May of last year, with an opening slated for next fall. The Golf Classic will include a Friday night dinner and a live and silent auction, with memorabilia available from the likes of Taylor Swift, Jimmy Buffet, Charlie Daniels and Blake Griffin.

The Saturday tournament itself, held at the Belmar Golf Club in Norman, is already sold out and closed to the public.

Alyssa Grimley

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