April 24, 2016 Louisville, KY. – The King Southern Bank Derby Festival Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament tees off at noon TOMORROW at Big Spring Country Club. This Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation event benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. King Southern Bank has been title sponsor of the event since 2005. This year the Derby Festival welcomes Hall of Fame and legendary University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Denny Crum as the honorary chair.
The tournament includes lunch, golf with a local pro, silent auction, participant gifts and a cocktail reception following the round. There are several prize packages and cash prizes for the teams and pros. Cellar Door Chocolates, PNC Broadway In Louisville and Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant are providing the Closest-to-the-Pin Prizes. Old 502 Winery is providing a wine basket for the long drive of the day. Golfers will also have the opportunity to hit a hole in one and win a his or hers Rolex watch from Davis Jewelers, or a new Ford, courtesy of Tri-County Ford. The first place winner receives a Horseshoe Southern Indiana prize package including a stay at the Horseshoe hotel, a round of golf and dinner at Jack Binion’s Steakhouse. KPGA is Contributing Sponsor of the event, joining Media Sponsor 1450 AM The Sports Buzz.
Since it was first held in 1974, the Pro-Am Golf Tournament has raised more than $300,000 for a wide variety of charitable organizations. The Derby Festival Pro-Am Golf Tournament started in 1974 as the Philip Morris/Kentucky Derby Festival Pro-Am Golf Tournament and has been a popular and elite tournament in Kentuckiana ever since. Over the years, the event has featured celebrities such as Pee Wee Reese, Pee Wee King, and George Blanda.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, a 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit charity, receives and manages charitable contributions on behalf of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., its supporters and the general public. The Foundation perpetuates the Festival’s impact on the community by developing projects that highlight the Festival’s influence on the area’s cultural heritage. It works to further the Festival’s educational and charitable mission through exhibitions and performances.