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Toby Keith’s “Lucky 13” Golf Classic Raised Nearly $1.2 Million

"Denim & Diamonds" opening night gala with Uncle Jon, Buddy Meade, Toby Keith, and Louisa Meade

“Denim & Diamonds” opening night gala with Uncle Jon, Buddy Meade, Toby Keith, and Louisa Meade

Lucky isn’t the half of it. The 13th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic was nicknamed “Lucky 13” by its namesake, and a grand fundraising total of $1.175 million keeps him true to his word. The total was cause for celebration for many, but most especially kids like Buddy, who has been living at The Toby Keith’s Foundation’s OK Kids Korral for the last eight months.

Held June 3-4 in Toby’s hometown, the event opened with a “Denim & Diamonds” gala and dinner headlined by Asleep At The Wheel. The next day’s shotgun start celebrity golf tournament capped the festivities.

Friday night’s auction draws an enormous amount of interest each year, with top drawing items including a golf package that visits five Irish castles, a South African rifle and bow hunt, a signed and framed piece from the estate of Ronald and Nancy Reagan and a rare signed album by Elvis Presley.

Sports memorabilia from Cam Newton, the Chicago Bulls, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Peyton Manning, Roger Clemens, the Boston Red Sox, Mia Hamm, Greg Jennings, Eli Manning, Nolan Ryan and Calvin Johnson, and music items from Jimmy Buffett, Ted Nugent, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, George Lopez, Flaming Lips and Heart also earned high bids.

For 7-year-old Buddy Meade and his mother Louisa, those auction items, golf foursomes and dollars raised mean something much more personal. Just a week before the event, Buddy had major health complications but his family was determined to make it to the Golf Classic and speak directly the people who support OK Kids Korral.  Buddy has been fighting and winning a battle with leukemia and the cost-free residence has allowed he and his mom to focus on treatment in Oklahoma City.

“Two days before the event, we didn’t know if Buddy would be out of the hospital to speak at the event,” said Juliet Nees-Bright, executive director of The Toby Keith Foundation. “He not only attended the event, but showed up in his warrior tie full of strength and courage.”

Buddy, Louisa and Buddy’s Uncle Jon have met Toby Keith at OK Kids Korral and were honored to speak during this year’s classic (pictured). Learn more about The Toby Keith Foundation and OK Kids Korral here.

Toby Keith Returns to the Road and The Studio

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Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith has been a workin’ man dang near all his life, as his full spring and summer schedule can attest. At the top of the list is the Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates Tour Presented by Ford F-Series, which opens May 10 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Rising country singer-songwriter Eric Paslay has recently been added to select Interstates & Tailgates Tour stops.

With dates crisscrossing North America already on the books, performing will keep Keith busy through October. At the same time, fans hungry for new music can take heart that Toby has returned to the studio and is working on a new album. His most recent album 35 mph Town was released last year to widespread acclaim.

Next month, the 13th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic will raise money for the Toby Keith Foundation and its work supporting seriously ill children and their families through the OK Kids Korral. A “Denim & Diamonds” gala dinner, performance and auction June 3 will give way to the next day’s shotgun start golf tournament. Approximately 750 attendees are expected at the event, which has raised millions since its inception.

Most recently, Keith honored Country Music Hall of Famer and legend the late Merle Haggard on last Sunday’s American Country Countdown Awards. The prime time performance on FOX-TV ran through a small sample of Haggard’s genre-defining songs including “Mama Tried,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “Silver Wings,” and “Okie From Muskogee.”

In addition to honoring Haggard with an extended medley, Keith was honored to have Merle’s son Ben and his band the Strangers backing him.

“To get to work with the Strangers is a big deal to me,” Keith told Rolling Stone. “I’ve been listening to them since I was a baby.”

Read the full interview here and watch the performance below.

Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates Tour Presented by Ford F-Series dates, subject to change:

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Toby Keith to Perform Merle Haggard Tribute at the “2016 American Country Countdown Awards”

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Superstar singer/songwriter Toby Keith will perform a heartfelt tribute in celebration of his friend and musical hero Merle Haggard at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards airing live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, May 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Oscar®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will introduce the tribute to the late legendary songwriter who inspired countless musicians and who is one of country music’s greatest icons.

Haggard’s longtime back-up band, The Strangers, will join Keith as part of this memorable performance. In addition, Haggard’s widow, Theresa, will be in attendance along with other members of the Haggard family, including son Ben, who also will perform with The Strangers.

Keith joins previously announced performers Kelsea Ballerini, 2016 NASH Icon Award recipients Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Cam, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and Carrie Underwood.

From his first No. 1 smash “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” to his new album 35 mph Town, Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. His single, “Made In America” (from the album Clancy’s Tavern) topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of his chart burners. The second hit, “Red Solo Cup,” has become one of the most commercially successful country singles with a viral video garnering more than 30 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs charts. The first single from 35 mph Town, “Drunk Americans,” debuted at No. 1 Most Added on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts.

The American Country Countdown Awards is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show (43 years), “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and honors country music’s biggest stars, based on album sales and radio airplay.  Finalists and winners for all categories are based on radio airplay charts, sales and streaming data from April 1, 2015 to March 28, 2016 provided by BuzzAngle Music. Touring data is from Pollstar “The Concert Hotwire.”

Tickets for the American Country Countdown Awards at the “Fabulous” Forum are on sale now at


Toby Keith Offers a Week at His Cabo Beach House for Charity

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How does a week at Toby Keith ’s Cabo beach house sound? The getaway for five couples to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is typically the most popular silent auction item at the Oklahoma native’s annual Denim & Diamonds gala to raise money for his foundation.

Other big ticket live auction offerings include a stay at Wyoming’s Brush Creek Resort, two weeklong tickets to all four of golf’s majors plus The Players, African Safari, an autographed Eagles guitar and an “Outlaw” Tribute Concert poster celebrating the music of Waylon Jennings signed by event performers including Keith, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Eric Church, Alison Krauss, Jessi Colter, Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton and Shooter Jennings.

Silent auction items include signed memorabilia from Willie Nelson, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Tiger Woods, Dick Butkus, Derek Jeter, Phil Mickelson and Brett Favre.

Concert tickets will be up for bid from Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, George Lopez and Jimmy Buffett. Other offerings include his-and-her Apple watches and four tickets to the 2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Mobile bidding will be available to attendees for the first time through a partnership with GiveSmart.

Saturday’s day of golf will again include the Built Ford Tough Shootout, where the winner will drive off with a new truck.

The Friday night event is also the kickoff for his 13th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, which will take place June 3 and 4 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma.

The entire weekend helps fund the OK Kids Korral, a home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients at Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and their families.

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