by Brittany Inman
The Heimerdinger Foundation will host the Third Annual Drive 4 Dinger Celebrity Golf Tournament and Kick-Off Dinner on June 6th and 7th at the Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, TN. The annual event is held in memory of former Tennessee Titans Offensive Coordinator Mike Heimerdinger and raises money for the foundation’s Meals2Heal program.
Celebrities scheduled to attend are Rams Head Coach, Jeff Fisher and Defensive Coordinator, Chuck Cecil, former NFL Coach Mike Shanahan, current and former Titans players include Blaine Bishop, Kevin Dyson, Brad Hopkins, Craig Hentrich, Michael Roos, Delanie Walker and Chris Sanders are among the lineup with many more being added.
Heimerdinger coached for thirty-five years with fifteen of those in the National Football League for the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and the New York Jets. In November of 2010, Heimerdinger was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and sought to find answers by making changes to his diet and lifestyle. Although he ultimately lost his battle in September of 2011, the information gained throughout his journey has provided the opportunity for his wife, Kathie Heimerdinger, to honor her late husband through The Heimerdinger Foundation and the Meals2Heal program.
“We are thrilled to be in our third year of this event that is so special to our family in memory of Dinger,” said Kathie Heimerdinger. “The support this community has shown the foundation and our Meals2Heal program has been overwhelming and very much appreciated."
Friday, June 6th – Kick-Off Dinner & Auction
The two-day event will begin on Friday evening with the Kick-Off Dinner and Auction at the Gaylord Springs Golf Links Clubhouse from 5:30pm to 10:30pm. Patrons will enjoy a cocktail reception and silent auction before dinner, live auction and special entertainment. Tickets to the Kick-Off Dinner and Auction are sold separately at $100 per ticket / $175 per couple (tables also available) and are on sale now.
Saturday, June 7th – Drive 4 Dinger Celebrity Golf Tournament
Golfers will enjoy playing the Gaylord Springs Golf Links with a celebrity on each team. Registration begins at 11:30am, lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm and a shotgun start at 1:30pm. An awards dinner will follow play at approximately 6:30pm. Single golfer is $500, foursome is $1,600 and various sponsorships are available.
To purchase tickets to these events or find out about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.heimerdingerfoundation.com.
More About The Heimerdinger Foundation:
The foundation’s mission is to enable families affected by cancer to have the necessary information, patient support, and resources to seek out effective treatment options. The foundation’s vision is to educate the Nashville community about proper nutrition, healthy meal options, and provide nutrient-rich meals to patients fighting cancer during a time when eating right can make all the difference.
More About The Heimerdinger Foundation’s Meals2Heal Program:
The core program of the Heimerdinger Foundation is the Meals2Heal program that consists of these four basic elements:
· The food is donated from local farms, farmers markets, grocery stores and producers.
· Under the guidance of adult mentor chefs, teens volunteer in the Kitchen and prepare beautiful, delicious, and nourishing meals for people dealing with cancer/serious illness.
· Meals are delivered by volunteer Delivery Angels free of charge to clients in the Nashville Community (efforts focused on Davidson and Williamson counties.)
· Clients are supported by volunteer Client Liaisons/Cancer Coaches who visit them at home, help them understand how this food can make a difference in their healing, and stay in weekly communication to answer questions and make sure the food is working for them.
The diagnosis of a serious illness like cancer often provides an opening to change someone’s lifestyle habits that may have been detrimental to their health. Diet is at the top of the list. Nourishing meals during treatment can make a vital difference to cancer patients, as research shows that nearly 80% of cancer patients end up malnourished as a result of treatment. Being poorly nourished worsens side effects, reduces the effectiveness of treatment, and lengthens recovery time once treatment ends.
To learn more about the foundation, visit www.heimerdingerfoundation.com.
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