We had more than 108,000 reasons to love Golf & Guitars this year. That’s how many dollars that the Golf & Guitars Music Festival & Pro-Am raised this year in a record fundraising effort in Morton Golf Foundation’s largest fundraiser on May 16 & 17, 2016.
We brought the general public two nights of music and featured different performers on each night of our concert series. The hottest acts in country music, the up-and-coming artists you’ll soon see topping the charts and some of Nashville’s very best songwriters are all donating their time to help raise funds for children’s charities during the music festival.
The Morton Golf Foundation is proud to call KNCI 105.1 FM our partner in hosting this special event. Golf and Guitars is a celebrity pro-am golf tournament and concert featuring nationally recognized & major label country music artists. Each golfer in the tournament gets to play with one of the celebrities and then gets a seat next to the stage where these artists put on a tremendous concert underneath the beautiful golf course sky.
The highlights were many over the two days:
Our line-up was one of our very best ever. With our headliner, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Love & Theft, Jackson Michelson, Lockhart, Green River Ordinance, Lauren Alaina, Drake White, Canaan Smith, Jason Michael Carroll, LOCASH, Eric Paslay, Parmalee and Aaron Lewis, we had arguably our finest line-up ever on night two.
Our Singer-Songwriter Showcase and Pairings Party on night one was equally as special. We had Logan Brill, Hailey Whitters , Jordan Reynolds , Francesca Beghe, Chris Roberts, Ella Mae Bowen, Scott Stevens, Faren Rachels, Jennifer Paige, Ashley Campbell and Megan Conner- with Jimmy Wayne acting as our first night host. When Campbell covered her father’s touching “Wichita Lineman,” our event had its first standing ovation in its history.
For the second consecutive year, Jason Michael Carroll played a round of golf with four very special local heroes out of our Wounded Warriors golf program. PING Golf generously donated a set of clubs and personalized golf bag to each of the players that was gifted to the veterans up on stage to a rousing applause.
On night one at our Singer-Songwriter Showcase & Pairings Party, not only did the Morton Golf Foundation gift 21 different high school seniors $26,000 in scholarship money mostly donated by our incredible sponsor Air Force One Golf, but Sleep Train founder Dale Carlsen generously donated $2,500 to kick off a new and upcoming foster child golf program that was brainstormed by frequent G&G participant and country artist Jimmy Wayne, a tireless advocate and former foster kid himself.
The local California Eagles, our Special Olympics golf program held here in the Sacramento region, had many of their participants on-hand on night two running our raffle for an autographed guitar signed by all of the G&G artists, raising nearly $5,000 for their own program.
Mother Nature contributed in her own way with two gorgeous springtime days with nary a cloud in the sky. The concerts under the sky are one of the highlights of every local music fan with the music held right on the 17th tee.
Another highlight was our generous foursomes that came out and enjoyed great shots and bad shots alike across both the Alister MacKenzie and Arcade Creek GC’s at Haggin Oaks. Our gracious hosts Love and Theft did wonderful jobs with their storytelling and artist introductions in their regular hosting gig they’ve handled over the last several years. They’ve just signed a brand new recording deal with Curb Records and we can’t wait to hear what is in store for them.
All in all, it was a highly successful two days of fundraising and a memory everyone that was in attendance will remember for a lifetime.
Block your calendar for Monday, May 15 & Tuesday, May 16, 2017 for Golf & Guitars X.