Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Weekend Raises $2 Million for Children Around the World
The Tim Tebow Foundation hosted its 7th Annual Celebrity Gala & Golf Classic sponsored by American Residential Services this past weekend, March 3 & 4, 2017, at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The events were packed with celebrities that stretched various realms, from sports legends including Tim Tebow, Terrell Owens, Derrick Henry, Urban Meyer, Marcus Allen, Gary Sheffield and John Smoltz, to Hollywood A-listers, such as Harry Connick, Jr., Anthony Mackie, and reality TV stars such as Chip Gaines from Fixer Upper and the Duck Dynasty family. The celebrity lineup also featured musicians Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum, Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts, Jordin Sparks, Chris Tomlin and Javier Colon.
The event kicked off Friday night at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse with an exclusive star-studded gala. Celebrities and event sponsors posed along the red carpet in front of flashing cameras from media outlets around the country.
“For me, it’s just trying to focus on what really matters, because it’s so easy in life to get caught up in so many different things, but what really matters tonight and in life is the lives we get to change,” shared Tim Tebow, Founder and Chairman of the Tim Tebow Foundation.
Once seated, the Tim Tebow Foundation had special surprises in store for its attentive crowd, as their W15H child, Ansley, opened the night in prayer. The gala progressed with a 360° Virtual Reality experience of Night to Shine for all 370 guests at one time with Samsung Gear VR, emotional and powerful addresses from the Executive Director, Erik Dellenback, and founder, Tim Tebow, a live auction that raised more than $1 million and ultimately concluded with intimate performances featuring Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum with guests Jordin Sparks & Chris Tomlin.
Saturday, the stage was set at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course for a day full of laughs, competition and, of course, golf. More than 3,500 spectators came out to the event to interact with their favorite celebrities and watch the participants compete on and off the golf course. The day is about so much more than golf, as each hole offers a special game or competition, and the crowd is full of the amazing children the foundation gets to serve day in and day out. TTF also offered complimentary tickets to the event for hundreds of kids and families from across the region from various non-profits.
“This foundation is all about trying to bring people together to love on kids, to love on orphans, love on kids with special needs, and help as many people as possible,” Tebow said. “I really feel like that’s my biggest calling … to try to spread as much love as I possibly can, so I am so thankful for every celebrity, sponsor and fan who took the time this weekend to come help us spread Faith, Hope and Love!”
The Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity weekend was a great success, raising more than $2 million for its outreach initiatives. It also offered a unique opportunity to see the outreach initiatives firsthand, as members of the Tim Tebow Foundation family, such as W15H kids and Night to Shine guests, participated in the events throughout the weekend.
“I am continuously blown away at how this event continues to grow and honor God. When you look around the room and see A-list celebrities, professional athletes, top musicians, business executives and major donors, it is just so incredibly humbling to see how God works to bring people together around a mission to love and serve others,” shared Erik Dellenback, Executive Director and President of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “The funds raised from this event are going to serve thousands of people around the world through the TTF ministry, and while we focus a lot on the big numbers, the reality is that this entire event and all the money raised would be worth it to serve and love just ONE child. Because we know that each child is unique, they have their own unique story, are uniquely loved by God and are WORTH IT. We couldn’t be more blessed to be a part of creating thousands of these uniquely impactful stories.”
The Tim Tebow Foundation exists to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. That mission is being fulfilled every day through the foundation’s seven areas of outreach, including W15H, Timmy’s Playrooms, Orphan Care, Adoption Aid, the Tebow CURE Hospital, Team Tebow and Night to Shine. For more information on the Tim Tebow Foundation, please visitwww.timtebofoundation.org.