Hope Villages of America (HVA), a nonprofit organization, invites community members, including sports fans of all ages, families, and of course golfers, to spend Memorial Day weekend enjoying two days of celebrity-filled fun for a great cause. HVA helps those who are food insecure, in need of housing or facing homelessness, domestic violence victims and those experiencing all forms of abuse from elder abuse to child bullying in Tampa Bay.
“We are so proud of the help and resources that we are able to provide to the members of our community who need it the most and none of our programs would exist without the support of the incredible people who live here and give here through events like our Celebrity Classic Weekend,” said Kirk Ray Smith, Hope Villages of America President and CEO. “Now more than ever it is so meaningful to be bringing together members of our community with some of the world’s greatest sports stars, musicians, and broadcasters for the 2022 Celebrity Classic Weekend.”
The weekend will feature two fun-filled days of athletics and special events for the community to enjoy:
The “Family Sports Day with Celebrities” will take place on Sunday, May 29, from noon until 2 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 7790 61st St. in Pinellas Park. This event will include an interactive sports clinic and games with celebrities, even giving participants the opportunity to play the classic basketball game of “HORSE” with NBA legends including Bruce Bowen and Travis Best.
The “Celebrity Golf Classic” will take place on Monday, May 30, at the Cove Cay Golf Club, 2612 Cove Cay Dr. in Clearwater. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the tournament tee off is at 9 a.m. There is also a VIP breakfast and celebrity panel discussion at 7 a.m. for those who purchase those tickets.
The local and national celebrities participating include NBA legends Bruce Bowen and Travis Best, pro golfers Shasta Averyhardt and Karolina Vlckova, Carl Everett MLB World Series champion, former NBA player Haywoode Workman, Mike Phillips the Grammy nominated jazz musician, Isaac Byrd jazz artist, former NFL coach Jon Gruden, Fox Sports Broadcaster Mike Hill WFTS ABC Action News Anchor Reporter & VIP Breakfast / Family Sports Day Emcee Vanessa Araiza and Jay Harris ESPN Sports Center anchor and celebrity host of the event.
To register for tickets to participate in any of these events – the Family Sports Day or the Celebrity Golf Classic – visit https://hopevillagesofamerica.org/celebrity-classic-weekend/. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.
About Hope Villages of America: Established in 1967, HVA is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that addresses hunger, housing, and abuse in our community. This mission is advanced through three distinct but integrated divisions: Food Distribution & Basic Needs, Housing Stability Services, and Abuse Services. These divisions operate in more than 60,000 square feet of service space and serve more than 150,000 individuals who rely on them annually. For more information, visit hopevillagesofamerica.org or call 727-584-3528.