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The Super Scene: Tampa Bay features plenty of celebrity-packed events

Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf, Saddlebrook

Celebrities: Baseball players Ryan Howard, Darryl Strawberry, Richie Sexson, Chipper Jones, Jacob Brumfield, Reggie Jackson and Fred McGriff. Football players Shelton Quarles, Richard Dent, Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson and Ahmad Rashad.

Highlights: The star of the day was Michael Jordan, who injured his hand earlier in the week and could not play but still rode the course with a foursome that reportedly paid $70,000 for the honor. … Tennis star James Blake, a Tampa resident, stayed limber by tossing a football around with Jordan. … Tampa native Tino Martinez hoped to play before it rained. "I don't play that much, and to be good at this game, you have to practice, practice, practice," Martinez said. "Golf is much harder than baseball." … The event benefited Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.

Terry Tomalin, Times staff writer

Gridiron Greats Golf, Avila

Celebrities: Football players Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Jim Kelly, Mel Renfro, Tony Mayberry, Don Maynard, Dave Casper, Darryl Talley, Lynn Dickey, Jeff Blake, Cris Carter, Jim Kiick, Dwight Clark, Anthony Munoz, Mark Royals, Bobby Bell, Chuck Foreman, Jack Youngblood, Deacon Jones, James Jones, Len Barney, Ickey Woods, Garo Yepremian, Jim Hart and Steve Largent. Baseball players Gary Sheffield and Tim Raines.

Highlights: Mike Ditka, the tournament's host, was a no-show. But Sheffield was a surprise. The former Marlin was scheduled to be at Saddlebrook in pal Derek Jeter's tournament, normally held at Avila. But the footballers let him stay and play. … Former Bucs punter Royals didn't let a rain delay ruin his day. "Weather doesn't cause any problems for my game," he said. "I have enough problems with golf on my own."

Terry Tomalin, Times staff writer

Joyner-Walker Foundation Golf, TCP of Tampa Bay

Celebrities: Boxer Evander Holyfield, former football players Lawrence Taylor, Eric Dickerson, Jonathan Ogden and baseball players Joe Carter and Bret Saberhagen.

Highlights: Carter understands that the signature moment of his baseball career — a walkoff home run to clinch the 1993 World Series for the Blue Jays against the Phillies — isn't always a happy memory for autograph seekers. And he has a sense of humor about that. At one Phillies fan's request Thursday, he signed an autograph: "I'M SORRY! JOE CARTER."

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Dwight Freeney Super Billiards, Ybor City

Celebrities: Freeney, baseball's Joba Chamberlain and Darryl Strawberry and the Bucs' Jimmy Wilkerson.

Highlights: Freeney chose the first-year event to showcase his foundation, which targets the battle against obesity in youth. "Everybody's playing video games now, and I do, too, but they're getting away from the outside activities that are so important," Freeney said. … Freeney is pulling for former Colts teammate Edgerrin James, who left for Arizona the year before the Colts won the Super Bowl. … Strawberry said he's a Cardinals fan because of Kurt Warner: "I love his story. He's a remarkable story. People said he couldn't, he couldn't, he couldn't. Now this is his third Super Bowl."

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Max Starks VIP Party, Innisbrook

Celebrities: Football players Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Crawford Ker, Doug Williams, Jimmie Giles, Kenard Lang, James Harris, Everson Walls, Michael Boley, Channing Crowder and William Floyd. Baseball player Toby Hall.

Highlights: They held a Celebrity Texas hold 'em tournament. The final seat was auctioned off for $2,600. … The rain cleared long enough to hold an outdoor fashion show, where WingHouse girls dressed in outfits of NFL teams amid the backdrop of three Bentleys. … The event benefited All Children's Hospital, the Max Starks Charitable Fund and the Ron Springs & Everson Walls Gift for Life Foundation. … The host, Steelers OT Max Starks, couldn't attend because he is preparing for the Super Bowl.

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Legends for Charity Dinner, Harbour Island

Celebrities: Sports broadcast journalists Chris Berman, Pat Summerall, Dick Stockton, Lesley Visser, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. Retired NFL stars Jim Kelly, Tom Jackson, Roger Craig, Brian Baldinger and Merril Hoge. USF football coach Jim Leavitt, former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

Highlights: The event recognized Berman as the recipient of the Pat Summerall Award. "Pat's a legend in football and in broadcasting in that order, so to be linked with Pat is an honor in many ways," Berman said. "I grew up admiring him, the way he approached it. You hear his voice and you knew it was important." … A silent auction benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital coincided with the event. Key item: an "Anniversary of Grammys Guitar" autographed by (among others) Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and Brian Wilson. Initial bid: $6,500.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

NFL Charity Bowling, Tampa

Celebrities: Football players Lynn Swann, Ted Hendricks, Jimmy Taylor, Roger Wehrli, Bobby Mitchell, Leroy Kelly, Darrell Green, Thurman Thomas, Larry Little, Mark Carrier, Donnie Abraham, Thomas Henderson, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Sean Landeta, Hank Bauer, Tom Mack, Marlin Briscoe, Marv Fleming, Nesby Glasgow, Rodney Hampton, Roy Jefferson, Mike Lucci, Curtis McGriff and Michael Merriweather. Bowlers Chris Barnes and his wife, Lynda.

Highlights: Proceeds benefit the NFL's Youth Education Towns (learning and recreational centers for at-risk youngsters) in the bay area. Said Swann, the event's spokesman: "It's great working with NFL Charities for the building and the funding of youth education." … Guests, many of whom wore Steelers jerseys, were greeted by members of the Krewe of Shamrock and Hawaiian Tropic girls. … In case you were wondering, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson showed up in white Nikes.

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

The Super Scene: Tampa Bay features plenty of celebrity-packed events 01/29/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 30, 2009 12:04am]
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