A Great Weekend of Golf at the Drive 4 Dinger Celebrity Golf Tournament to support The Meals 2 Heal Program and The Heimerdinger Foundation

By Rachel Kleine, Summer Associate

Jeff Fisher, Kathie Heimerdinger, Mike Shanahan
The 3rd Annual Drive 4 Dinger Celebrity Golf Tournament was held on June 6th and 7th at Gaylord Springs Golf Links.  The Kick-off Silent Auction and Dinner, along with the Celebrity Golf Tournament is an annual event held in memory of Mike Heimerdinger, the former Tennessee Titans Offensive Coordinator. The weekend events and money raised support The Heimerdinger Foundation and the Meals2Heal Program, in order to provide healthful meals to cancer patients.

Friday evening the wonderful event started with
a Kick-off Silent Auction and Dinner. A few of the celebrity guests on Friday evening included, St. Louis Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher, famed NFL head coach Mike Shanahan, Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason and Channel 2’s John Dwyer among others.

The silent auction consisted of many beautiful canvas paintings, home d├ęcor items, elaborate vacations, and the always-cherished sports memorabilia signed by athletes. After the auction concluded, guests enjoyed a healthy dinner buffet catered by Gaylord and Whole Foods. 

Shortly after dinner a heart-felt video about the Heimerdinger Foundation and the Meals 2 Heal program was played in order to show how the program is changing lives by delivering nourishing meals to cancer patients in their homes. Kathie Heimerdinger, her daughter Alicia, and her son Brian also gave short speeches about what this event meant to them and how appreciative they were for everyone’s support of the foundation.

Moving further into the evening the live auction took place. The great vacation packages for the live auction included a NFL Today Show Meet and Greet for four to New York City, a Napa Valley getaway to Silver Oak Winery, a Baseball Lovers Getaway to Chicago to see a Cubs game, a trip to Las Vegas, and the opportunity to golf at Oak Hill Golf Club in Rochester, NY with Super Bowl Champion coach Mike Shanahan. 

Of course the evening wasn’t complete without music. John Elefante of the band Kansas performed for the crowd with the band Small Time Rock Stars after the live auction and got the attendees out of their seats and onto the dance floor.

Tim & Alicia Pepe, Kathie Heimerdinger, Brian Heimderdinger
On Saturday, it was time for the celebrity golf tournament. The celebrities in attendance were, the St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, assistant head coach Dave McGinnis, Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, and defensive secondary coach Chuck Cecil. Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt and defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Current and former Titans players Jake Locker, Marc Mariani, Michael Roos, Mike Otto, Delanie Walker, Chris Spencer, Kevin Dyson, Craig Hentrich, Chris Sanders, Kerry Collins, and Ken Amato. Musician Steve Cropper, singer/songwriter Gary Chapman, former NBA player Charles Davis, and sportswriter Paul Kuharsky were also among the celebrities in attendance.

As the celebrities and other golfers arrived, they were treated to sandwiches, chips, and fruit provided by Whole Foods. Then, the golfing began at about 1:15pm. The weather could not have been better for a day on the golf course. Everyone seemed to be having fun and enjoying their time on the course. The course was set up with various hole sponsors who had different challenges or activities for the golfers to participate in. A couple of the challenges included the hole in one where you could win a trip if you made a hole in one, and Nashville Dream Cars chance to rent a Ferrari, which was parked on one of the holes.

As the golfers came off the course they were treated to BBQ catered by Famous Dave’s and had the chance to mingle with each other before the awards presentation. Once everyone had a chance to eat the awards were given out to all the winners.  Chuck Cecil's team and Craig Hentrich's team took the top awards in the first and second flights. Then, after a few words from Kathie Heimerdinger the event concluded and the 3rd Annual Drive 4 Dinger Celebrity Golf Tournament was in the books.

It was a great two days filled with fun and golf!  To learn more about the foundation visit: https://www.heimerdingerfoundation.com. If you would like to see some pictures from the The Drive 4 Dinger event visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Drive4Dinger


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