Boston Celtics' Head Coach and Ultimate Escapes Member Doc Rivers is once again partnering with destination club Ultimate Escapes to host his 10th annual Celebrity Golf Invitational at the Reunion Resort and Club Wyndham Grand Resort in Orlando.
Coach Rivers and Ultimate Escapes, are teaming up to raise money for Shepherd's Hope, a non-profit organization of volunteers that provides access to healthcare for the uninsured using an all-volunteer staff. The tournament will include a celebrity pairings party on the evening of July 22, in which each foursome will be paired with a participating celebrity, such as NBA basketball superstar Anthony "Spud" Webb and sportscaster Craig Sager. Past celebrity participants include NBA star Julius Erving, commonly known as Dr. J, founding member of The Commodores Thomas McClary, and NBA pro Bo Outlaw. The evening will also include the Ultimate Escapes auction and raffle, where attendees will have the chance to win a variety of luxury vacation experiences. The tournament will take place on the morning of July 23.
Through Ultimate Escapes' signature Ultimate Giving program, individuals will have the chance to bid on five extraordinary packages, including five-night stays in New York City and Los Cabos. All proceeds from the auction will be given to Shepherd's Hope. Ultimate Giving has raised more than $350,000 for non-profit organizations, with a multi-year goal of collecting more than $1 million for deserving causes. This is the fifth year that Ultimate Escapes has partnered with Doc Rivers on his Celebrity Golf Invitational.
"We are pleased to once again partner with Doc Rivers to raise funds for Shepherd's Hope," said Jim Tousignant, president and CEO of Ultimate Escapes. "As an Orlando-based company, Ultimate Escapes is excited to be able to give back to a local organization that is doing such important work right in our own backyard. Ultimate Escapes salutes both Doc Rivers and Shepherd's Hope for all that they do for the central Florida community."
During the live auction taking place on July 22, guests will have the chance to bid on stays at Ultimate Escapes homes in New York, Los Cabos, Scottsdale and Jackson Hole. During their stay, winners will be treated to the five-star amenities and services that Ultimate Escapes Members have come to know and love. There will also be a raffle on July 22 that will give guests the chance to win a three-night stay in an Ultimate Escapes' Premiere Club property of their choice.
Doc Rivers spends the NBA season based up in Boston but his family home is in Orlando. "I am thankful to Ultimate Escapes and its dedicated team for their continued support of the golf invitational and Shepherd's Hope," said Doc Rivers. "Without their partnership, we could not be as successful as we have been in raising money to support this important cause over the past several years."