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Toby Keith Sets Fundraising Record With Golf Classic

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Toby Keith is used to putting big numbers on the board – he’s been doing it as one of music’s top performers and earners for years. Some numbers mean a little more, though, like the $1.2 million generated for The Toby Keith Foundation at the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic over the weekend.

Held May 15-16, 2015 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma, this year’s classic topped 2013’s record of $1,037,000 and was fueled by a live auction that brought in more than $575,000 dollars. The top drawing item was a week’s stay at Toby Keith’s house in Cabo, Mexico. The winning bid was $70,000. Twice.

Other live auction items included an outing with pro golfer Anthony Kim ($24,500), a Highwaymen signed guitar ($24,000), a John Deere Gator ($22,000), custom Toby Keith guitar ($20,000), and CMT Music Awards and British Open packages, each going for $20,000.

Silent auction items drawing high bids included Miranda Lambert tickets, a George Strait autographed hat and a series of three guitar paintings signed by Keith. On the golf course, the Built Ford Tough Shootout winner, Frank Starr, donated his new Ford truck back to The Toby Keith Foundation.

All proceeds benefit the foundation’s efforts to build and support OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Opened a year ago, the facility has already helped thousands of family members as it reduces the physical, emotional and financial cost of traveling for treatments. For information visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.

Toby Keith to Donate Portion of his Wild Shot Mezcal to Vital VFW Programs

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Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith has two deep and abiding interests aside from music: giving back to those who fight for our freedom and premium Mexican liquor. Therefore, in yet another meaningful display of support for America’s veterans, Keith has announced that he will join with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) in several initiatives to include donating a portion of sales of his critically-acclaimed Wild Shot Mezcal to the organization.

Keith’s handcrafted Wild Shot has arguably, single-handedly created a market for premium mezcals. It immediately began receiving high praise and awards soon after its 2011 release, and has been named the top premium mezcal in the United States according to industry publication Beverage Media.

Wild Shot stands out as a fan favorite. A variety of cocktails featuring the mezcal are served in Keith’s restaurants, and it’s ever-present at his shows served alone or in mixed drinks from an inflatable bar. The VFW will now carry the mezcal among it’s more than 6,800 Posts as permitted.

Keith’s generosity will work to support countless service members, veterans and military families who turn to the VFW -the nation’s largest organization of combat veterans- in their search for assistance on an array of issues. Among its many programs and services, the VFW offers scholarships, financial assistance, free calls home for deployed or hospitalized service members and help to veterans seeking service-related benefits and compensation.

Since 2002, Keith has been visiting and performing for United States service members at home and overseas, and just last year he was the recipient of the Spirit of the USO Award. He remains outspoken about the inspiration he receives while performing for military audiences and has drawn upon these experiences to pen a number of highly successful songs.

Keith’s presence and music are renowned among the military community and he has solidified his reputation as a true patriot and veterans supporter. He plans to harness that energy to make the military community more aware of the support the VFW provides to veterans, service members and their families through a series of public service announcements.

Toby Keith Enlists Chris Janson for Good Times

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The most important elements in throwing a party are getting the music right, having something tasty in your cup and inviting the right people. Nobody knows this better than singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith, who’s one of the best there is at throwing down standing-room-only shindigs nationwide.

To that end, the Toby Keith Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour presented by Ford F-Series has added country sensation Chris Janson on more than 20 dates this summer. Janson joins an array of artists, such as Eli Young Band or Colt Ford, who will occasionally join the tour’s line up. Fueled by his explosive new single “Buy Me A Boat,” Janson is being embraced by country fans and the industry at an incredible clip.

The song hit No. 1 at iTunes and inspired CMT to finance and produce the music video – the first time the cable network has ever done that for Chris Janson artist. An independent artist to that point, Janson has just signed with powerhouse Warner Music Nashville.

His addition only adds to the fun fans have come to expect from Toby Keith’s tours, regularly one of the top drawing outings of the year. Good Times & Pick Up Lines opens May 29 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The tour opening will cap an eventful spring for Keith, who was recently honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award from the prestigious Washington think tank Atlantic Council.

The tour will also follow the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, set for May 15-16 in his Norman, OK hometown. The event has raised millions to fund the OK Kids Korral, which provides cost-free housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families during treatment. And on June 18, Toby will attend and perform at the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York City as he is inducted in recognition of his prodigious songwriting accomplishments.

Meanwhile, Keith’s latest single “35 mph Town” continues to gain widespread airplay, and his music continues to fuel a vast enterprise that includes his signature Wild Shot Mezcal, I Love This Bar & Grill restaurants and the new Big Dog Daddy Ice Houses.

The 2015 Toby Keith Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour presented by Ford F-Series (*denotes dates with Chris Janson in support):

5/29/15 – Mt. View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre *
5/30/15 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater *
5/31/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion *
6/13/15 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook
6/14/15 – Hunter, NY – Taste of Country Music Festival
6/19/15 – Vineland, CO – Bands in the Backyard
6/20/15 – Sheridan, WY – Big Horn Country USA
6/21/15 – Grand Junction, CO – Country Jam
6/27/15 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre *
6/28/15 – Cadott, WI – Country Fest
6/30/15 – Moose Jaw, SK (Canada) – Mosaic Place
7/01/15 – Calgary, AB (Canada) – Cowboy’s Stampede Tent
7/08/15 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Casino *
7/10/15 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre *
7/11/15 – Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake PAC *
7/17/15 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre *
7/18/15 – St. Clairesville, OH – Jamboree In The Hills
7/19/15 – Chillecothe, IL – 2015 Country Life Music Festival
7/23/15 – Monticello, IA – Great Jones County Fair
7/24/15 – Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne Frontier Days
7/25/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre *
7/30/15 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood *
7/31/15 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre *
8/01/15 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre *
8/02/15 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre *
8/07/15 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center *
8/08/15 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live *
8/09/15 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center *
8/14/15 – Boston, MA – XFINITY Center *
8/15/15 – Harrington, DE – Junction Festival
8/21/15 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion *
8/22/15 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach *
9/04/15 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre *
9/05/15 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
9/25/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center *
9/26/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion *

Toby Keith Raises Cup, Club, And Funds

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Toby Keith is at it again – good friends, a little music, a little golf and a lot of money for a great cause. The 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic will be held May 15-16, 2015 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma. The event’s namesake minces no words when it comes to his annual charity fundraiser.

“This event and our USO Tours are the best things we get to do all year,” says Toby Keith. “I’ve been blessed with healthy kids, and I’m more than blessed to bring a bunch of folks together who want to help folks who haven’t. The great time we have – and we do have one, now – is a far distant second to making a difference for kids and families right here where we live.”

Roughly 750 attendees are expected at Friday (5/15) night’s dinner, which will include live and silent auctions. Serving as the evening’s host and auctioneer, Toby also brings in some friends for a musical performance. Live auction items include four tickets to the British Open, a trip to Cabo and a Dallas Cowboys Founders Club experience with private jet.

More than 100 silent auction items include memorabilia from Miranda Lambert, Larry Bird, Jason Aldean, George Strait, Tony Romo, Luke Bryan, The Highwaymen (Cash, Willie, Waylon, Kristofferson), Phil Mickelson, Eli Manning, Roger Clemens, Roger Federer, Jack Nicklaus, Tim Tebow, Ted Nugent, Mia Hamm, Greg Jennings and Nolan Ryan.

Saturday’s twin shotgun golf starts will feature 120 golfers and celebrities in the morning and 144 more in the afternoon. Both will have first and second place winners, and the winner of the Built Ford Tough Shootout will drive off in a new Ford Truck.

As always, the event benefits the Toby Keith Foundation and its work with OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The Korral has been open just over a year and has already helped thousands of family members as it reduces the physical, emotional and financial cost of traveling to and from treatments. For information visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.

Attending the event? Oklahoma City flights can be booked through Hipmunk.com, as well hotels in Oklahoma City to enjoy the golf weekend.

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