Duffing For Dollars charity golf tournament, now going strong for seven years, is an anticipated tournament for music and touring industries where key players from the worlds of music, management, touring, entertainment and finance come together in Southern California for a great cause. Music industry vets Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour, 4Fini) and John Reese (Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, SGE) gathered their colleagues for a day of golf and a night of cocktails, awards and one-of-a-kind auctions. Hosted by Joe Sib of "Complete Control Radio" and "California Calling," this year's event raised over $31,000, totaling over $350,000 since its re-launch in 2010 for the Unite The United and MusiCares charities.
The day started early with players dropping off their golf bags and picking up their player gift bags containing items from Vans, Hurley, Redbull Records and Brockcom including a custom event golf shirt courtesy of Kings Road Merch. Sib kept the crowd entertained with his own mix of music as well as informed of the day's activities while everyone enjoyed hand-crafted Bloody Mary's thanks to Chopin Vodka. For the second year in a row, the event featured a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop where a helicopter swooped in and dropped over 1,000 numbered golf balls onto a temporary green with the first ball going into the cup, that donor taking home, $1,000! Throughout the day golfers enjoyed an array of snacks and beverages courtesy of Pabst Blue Ribbon, Saint Archer Brewery, Coldcock Whiskey, Rockstar Energy Drink and Pop Art Gourmet Popcorn along with party holes set-up by our friends at Kleege Staging and Stage-Tech as well as chance at $20,000 to anyone who landed a hole-in-one at Hole 6, with wind being a major factor. All the day’s activities were captured live on Periscope as part of Scope Day promotion.
As the sun set and the winds died down, the party continued in the clubhouse where everyone got a chance to mingle, socialize and bid on silent auction items including a custom Pabst Blue Ribbon BMX bike, four tickets to the Radio Disney Awards, two domestic airline vouchers from Delta Air Lines and a signed drum head from the late, great, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. This year’s coveted first place trophy went to Coldcock Whiskey, and second place went to Greg Ganzerla and his PEAKfresh team. The last place trophy known as "Worst Players (Best Partiers)" award, was taken home by the ladies from TRUTH. This year's unique handmade Jaws-inspired trophies were commissioned by Vans.
Lyman commented, "When generous friends and colleagues come together for a great cause, like MusiCares, we all win. The day couldn't have gone better."
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