Pagnozzi Charities hosts several events throughout the year to support its Youth Scholarship Program, a program dedicated to opening the door of athletic experience to disadvantaged youth.
As summer draws to an end, the organization is preparing for its biggest event, the Tom Pagnozzi Charity Golf Tournament, Ultimate Tailgate and Sports Memorabilia Auction. This two day event held on Thursday, October 8th and Friday, October 9th will bring together local supporters as well as a cast of Razorback coaches, Razorback athletic alums, and some professional athletes, past and present, to raise money for the charity.
The event kicks off with the Charity Golf Tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club with a 1PM flight on Thursday followed by 7AM and 1PM flights on Friday. The tournament format is a four person scramble with an entry of fee of $900 per team. Golfers will receive a goodie bag, breakfast/lunch, refreshments, mulligans, tee buster, putting contest, and Ultimate Tailgate event tickets.
The second portion of the event is the Ultimate Tailgate and Sports Memorabilia Auction which will be held at 7PM on Friday at the Fayetteville Town Center. Hors’ douvres from Catering Unlimited will be provided, and guests may bid on over 100 silent auction items. Auction items will include an large mix of autographed sports and entertainment memorabilia as well as trips and artwork, including items autographed by Albert Pujols, Jerry Rice, Michael Phelps, Bob Gibson, as well as by current (Ryan Mallett) and former Razorbacks (Darren McFadden)and lots more. Music will be provided by Joe Giles and the Homewreckers. Tickets to the Ultimate Tailgate event are available for $35 per ticket.
The Pagnozzi Youth Sports Scholarship Program was created with a desire to extend the charitable arm of the organization to include disadvantaged youth throughout Arkansas, providing them with an open door to the same athletic experiences of their peers with the goal to “level the playing field”. Pagnozzi Charities provided almost 2,000 scholarships through the Pagnozzi Youth Sports Scholarship Program in 2008 and has targeted a distribution of 2,250 for 2009. These scholarships give children who might otherwise not have the opportunity, the chance to participate in baseball, football, soccer, basketball, golf, dance, cheer, and a host of other sports at an age when exercise, social interaction, and personal development are critical.
For more information on this event or more opportunities to get involved with Pagnozzi Charities, visit the website or contact the office at 479.443.2550.
Jason Minton is a guest contributor for the Fayetteville Flyer. Jason lives in Fayetteville, and is involved with several Northwest Arkansas Non-Profit Organizations. For more of Jason’s contributions, visit his author page.