Support Local Charities in the Five Star Mazda Kevin Brown Celebrity Classic

The 2014 Five Star Mazda Kevin Brown Celebrity Classic takes place November 6th and 7th, and includes a clay shoot, dinner and auction, and golf tournament to benefit local charities.

MACON, Georgia: For the 24th year running, the Five Star Automotive Group in Macon and Warner Robins will be sponsoring the Five Star Mazda Kevin Brown Celebrity Classic, a tournament that helps raise money and awareness for charities local to the Macon area.

The tournament was first held in 1989, and was started by Jaime Kaplan, a former professional tennis player. In its infancy, the tournament was a three-day tennis pro-celebrity tournament, and in its first year it raised $23,000. In 1991, Five Star Mazda came on board as the main sponsor, adding golf to the tournament in 1992. In the same year, former Major League Baseball pitcher and Macon native, Kevin Brown, joined the cause. A few years later, Brown’s name was added to the tournament title, which has since been known as the Five Star Mazda Kevin Brown Celebrity Classic. In its 26 years, the tournament has raised more than $3,136,000 for charities in the Macon and surrounding areas.

This year’s tournament will be held November 6th and 7th. To start off the event, the clay shoot will be held at Ocmulgee River Gun Club at 9:00 a.m. Then, that evening, the auction and dinner will take place at Idle Hour Country Club at 6:30 p.m. The third event—the golf tournament—will be held on Friday, November 7th, at the Idle Hour Country Club and The Brickyard. Registration for the golf tournament is from 9:30 – 11:15 a.m., with lunch to be held from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Following the tournament, an awards party will be held at 5:00 p.m. The golf tournament will be a 4 Man Scramble format.

Auction items include autographed baseball items from Kevin Brown, Joe Morgan, and John Smoltz; an Apple iPad mini; a Gibson Guitar autographed by Foreigner; a Frank Thomas-autographed HOF ball; a Bob Griese-autographed Miami Dophins Jersey; a Hines Ward-autographed Steelers football; a Julio Jones-autographed Atlanta Falcons jersey; and more.

Celebrities attending this year’s Five Star Mazda Kevin Brown Celebrity Classic include U.S. Olympian in Track & Field, Ralph Boston; former Atlanta Braves first base coach, Glenn Hubbard; and U.S. Paralympian, Jarryd Wallace. A total of 28 celebrities will attend, and the list keeps growing as the tournament approaches.

The charities benefited by this year’s tournament include the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia is a long term life recovery program for individuals experiencing homelessness and domestic violence, and in 2013 the organization provided 18,381 nights of refuge and shelter and served 62,277 meals to the homeless of Middle Georgia. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes challenges coaches and athletes of all levels to use the “powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ.”

Charlie Cantrell of Five Star Automotive Group commented, “The Five Star Automotive Group has supported the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia for over 20 years.  It’s a great ministry that helps a lot of people in the community and we really believe in the work they do to help the people of Middle Georgia.  They are a special group of people who take their time and energy to help change people’s lives.”

Additional sponsors of this year’s tournament include Wells Fargo, Cox Automotive, and WL Amos Foundation.

For more information, contact Jaime Kaplan, Special Events Coordinator for Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia, by emailing jaimecay@aol.com or calling 478-960-3409.

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