FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
John Moaratty, Tournament Advisor
Boy Scouts of America
(for Oakland Raiders and Boy Scouts)
Zelinski Public Relations
Al LoCasale, Executive Assistant
OAKLAND RAIDERS SCHEDULE V ANNUAL INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT ON JUNE 11 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Castlewood Country Club Venue for Raider Personnel and Football Legends Donating Time to Help Scouts
OAKLAND, CALIF. (April 17, 2001) - Sponsorships and playing slots are still available for the V Annual Oakland Raiders/Boy Scouts of America Invitational Golf Tournament -- the region's premier charity golf event -- which features a record number of Oakland Raiders legends and current players, coaches and staff as well as sports journalists and other special guests. The tournament is scheduled for June 11 at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.
Tournament organizers hope to again raise over $200,000 for the Boy Scouts, which, as the Bay Area's largest youth-serving organization, involves over 54,000 boys and girls in programs that range from camp scholarships to career-focused workshops to helping inner-city youth afford the modest costs of being a scout.
Oakland Raiders current and former players and coaches include NFL Hall of Famers Fred Biletnikoff and Willie Brown; Rich Gannon, Daryle Lamonica, Jim Plunkett, Steve Wisniewski, Coach Jon Gruden Tom Flores, Dave Casper, George Atkinson, Marv Hubbard, Raymond Chester, George Blanda, Cliff Branch, and Phil Villiapano. Baseball hall of fame member Joe Morgan will also attend. ESPN longtime football analyst and ex-Los Angeles, San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills punter/linebacker Paul Maguire will again emcee the event.
The tournament's "Presenting Sponsor" is Zhone Technologies of Oakland. Other major sponsors include St. Louis-based Budweiser, Exodus Communications of Seattle, madetoorder.com and Jelly Belly Candy Company of Fairfield.
"The Raiders are pleased and privileged to raise funds for local Boy Scouts activities and to give back to our community," said Oakland Raiders Executive Assistant Al LoCasale. "Many others who proudly wear the Silver and Black started out wearing Boy Scouts uniforms."
"The young men and women of the San Francisco Bay Area Council are the ultimate winners of this tournament," said Tournament Advisor John Moaratty.
Sponsorship levels vary but all provide an opportunity to play 18 holes with a Raider player, coach, staffer, legend or celebrity. Participants receive tee packages worth $475, lunch, chances to win great prizes as well as an invitation to the post-tournament gala cocktail party and dinner, awards ceremony and auction. As emcee, Maguire will also work with Jim Otto and a bevy of Raiderettes - "Football's Fabulous Females" - to lead the auction.
This year's tournament again features myriad auction, prizes and raffle items worth thousands of dollars.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities or playing in the tournament, please call Tournament Advisor John Moaratty at 510/577-9000.
This year's tournament comes approximately five weeks before the Raiders begin training camp to prepare for their seventh season back in Oakland and the race to again capture the NFL's AFC West division. Since Al Davis took over the team in 1963, the Oakland Raiders have pro football's top winning percentage for the last 38 years.
The Boy Scouts of America's San Francisco Bay Area Council serves young people in Alameda and San Francisco counties with more than 720 different program groups in cities from Livermore to San Francisco. In 2000, the council's three camps hosted more than 3,900 family camp nights, and more than 25,000 inner-city boys and girls participated in inner-city urban outreach programs.