Football stars host celebrity golf tournament to benefit U-M children's, women's hospitals

WHAT:  The Brian Griese/Steve Hutchinson "Champions for Children's Hearts" celebrity golf tournament.

WHEN:  Sunday, May 17, 2009
NOTE: Members of the media are invited to attend between 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: University of Michigan Golf Course, 500 E. Stadium Blvd. in Ann Arbor
ATTENDEES: Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Brian Griese; Minnesota Vikings' Steve Hutchinson; Detroit Lions' Jeff Backus; Indianapolis Colts' Mike Hart; Miami Dolphins' Jake Long and Chad Henne; Philadelphia Eagles' Jon Runyan, former U-M football coach Lloyd Carr; St. Louis Rams' James Hall; former U-M football coach Gary Moeller; former U-M quarterbacks John Navarre, Chad Henne, Scott Driesbach and Elvis Grbac; St. Louis Rams' Steve Everitt; College Football Hall of Fame's Anthony Carter and Tom Curtis; CBS sportscaster Dan Dierdorf; Cleveland Browns' Braylon Edwards; Seattle Seahawks' John Randle; Green Bay Packers' Charles Woodson; U-M head football coach Rich Rodriguez; WJR radio personality Frank Beckmann; and many more.
ABOUT THE EVENT: The third annual "Champions for Children's Hearts" celebrity gala and golf tournament - presented by Delta Airlines and Lexus of Ann Arbor- will be hosted by Brian Griese and Steve Hutchinson. The event will benefit the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital and the U-M Congenital Heart Center. In two years the event has raised over $650,000.
More than 40 celebrity golfers, including several members of the 1997 U-M football championship team, and current and former NFL players and personalities are expected to play on Sunday, May 17, at the U-M Golf Course. More than 450 celebrity athletes, sponsors and supporters from across the country will be in attendance at a special gala dinner on Saturday, May 16, at Crisler Arena, which will kick-off the weekend event and feature a live auction. Media also are invited to attend the gala.
All proceeds from the event support the care provided at the U-M Congenital Heart Center, and construction of the new $754 million children's hospital and women's hospital facility, set to open in 2012. With 1.1 million square feet, the facility will provide a new and larger home for the Congenital Heart Center, and other specialty services for newborns, children and pregnant women.

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