May 3, 2012 7:12 PM

25th Lute Olson Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament is next weekend

TUCSON - What do you get when you combine Lute Olson with a weekend benefit? Why, the Lute Olson Celebrity Golf Tournament, and this year, they're pulling out all the stops!

Joseph Blair, the founder and CEO of the Blair Charity Group, is running the auction and tournament. He's also a former player.

Below is a news release detailing the tournament and how to register:

25th Anniversary Lute Olson Celebrity Auction & Golf Tournament

A celebration to benefit The University of Arizona Arthritis Center

Tucson, AZ (4/17/12) - What do you get when you combine Lute Olson, 25 years, and a weekend of fabulous fun to benefit an amazing cause? The Lute Olson Celebrity Golf Tournament! With this special silver anniversary, they're pulling out all of the stops. Special appearances from celebrity players, more prizes than ever, and even a new exciting location! The celebrity auction is set for Friday, May 11, 2012 with the golf tournament the next day, Saturday, May 12, 2012.

Since the tournament was founded in 1987, it has raised nearly $2 million. This year's fundraising goal is $55,000 for the University of Arizona Arthritis Center. Past proceeds have been used to build a research lab and fund research into bone health.

"It is a thrill to partner with Coach Olson and the UA Arthritis Center for this milestone event, " said Joseph Blair, Founder and CEO of the Blair Charity Group, who is running the auction and tournament. "We promise to make this a weekend to remember. I have no doubt that this year will be our biggest and best, and we can continue to raise much-needed funds to enhance the quality of life for those living with arthritis."

Those who wish to participate in the event can register at www.CoachOlsonGolf.org. The format is an 18-hole, four-man scramble at Randolph Golf Course (600 S. Alvernon Way) with a shotgun start at 7:30am Saturday, May 12. Entry is $150 for a single player or $500 for a foursome. Golfers will enjoy admission to the Friday Celebrity Auction plus continental breakfast, lunch and awards ceremony on Saturday.

This year the community can participate in the Celebrity Auction on Friday, May 11 starting at 5:00 pm at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Reid Park. It will be an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, games, photo opportunities and more. The event gives golfers the opportunity to bid on former players and coaches to join their foursome for the Saturday tournament. Tickets are $35 per person with a limited amount of tickets available for this exclusive event.

Sponsor packages for the Lute Olson Celebrity Auction and Golf Tournament are available at a variety of sponsorship levels. Every contribution helps provide much needed research and care for UA Arthritis Center. The organization is a 501(c)(3), making donations tax deductible.

Sponsorship Packages and Opportunities
• Platinum $5000
• Gold $2500
• Silver $1200
• Tee or Green $350
• One Night Only - Celebrity Auction Event items
• Tournament Program - Color advertisement

The Lute Olson Celebrity Auction and Golf Tournament is a phenomenal fundraising event where participants will enjoy a weekend of spectacular events while raising funds for local arthritis research.

For more info, and to register for the golf tournament, visit the website at:



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