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KISS icon Gene Simmons joins Pacific University (Ore.) celebrity lineup for golf tourney Aug 1, 2
Band's founding member joins lead guitarist and tournament host Tommy Thayer for concert & tournament to benefit Boxer Athletics
Producers from A&E's hit television series Gene Simmons Family Jewels will film portions of the event to chronicle golf novice Simmons' attempt at the sport.
Prior to hitting the links on Monday, Aug. 2, Thayer will partake in a private concert on Sunday night with other celebrity musicians on hand, led by bassist and vocalist Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees). Joining Blades and Thayer on stage will be Ray Kennedy, Johnny Lee and Danny Seraphine (Chicago).
Festivities begin Sunday afternoon with a silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction attended by many other celebrities in addition to the musicians. Actress and sportscaster Lisa Guerrero, whose credits include Sunset Beach, Monday Night Football and The Best Damn Sports Show Period, will serve as the day's master of ceremonies. Items available for bid include sports and music memorabilia, vacation trips and special concert opportunities.
The scene shifts from the clubhouse to the links on Monday, Aug. 2, as the celebrities join patrons for a putting contest, professional clinic and 18 holes of golf on two of the Northwest's premier courses.
In addition to the musical talent, other participating celebrities include acclaimed actor Clint Howard, NFL greats Eric Dickerson and Leroy Irvin; Major League Baseball stars Chili Davis, Scott Erickson and Chuck Finley; former Oregon football coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Bellotti, PGA professionals Jason Allred and Tommy Masters and World Long Drive Champion Sean Fister; and LPGA professionals Perry Swenson, Amber Prange and Angie Oberholser.
Team and individual reservations for the Legends Golf Classic are still available, but filling up quickly. To register, go to www.pacificlegendsgolf.com or call (503) 352-2211.
Interview requests may be submitted to Blake Timm at email@example.com or Joe Lang at jlang@
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Legends Golf Classic host and KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, a member of Pacific University's Board of Trustees, has made Legends a success since its inception in 2007. Over its first three years, Legends has raised more than $250,000 for Pacific's 21-sport NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program, which will field a football team this fall for the first time in 19 years. Founded in 1849, Pacific University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the West. Steeped in a rich tradition of liberal arts, Pacific is a nationally recognized leader in research, education and healthcare.