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    • Celebrity Walk of Fame; Hootie & Costner Concerts; Highlight 2006 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Special Events

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 21, 2006) - Fans are expected to gather on Main St. in front of the Westin Poinsett Hotel, Thursday evening, April 27, at 7 p.m. for the Celebrity Walk of Fame, where celebrities participating in the 2006 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs will assemble to greet fans and sign autographs. Celebrities that are scheduled to appear include: Kevin Costner, Catherine Bell, Kurt Russell and Wayne Gretzky to name a few (the complete list can be found at www.bmwcharitygolf.com). Legendary golfer Gary Player is also expected to attend. Award-winning band Hootie & The Blowfish will also perform as part of the tournament, Friday, April 28 at The Bi-Lo Center beginning at 9:30 p.m. Singer/songwriter Pat Green will open for the band at 8 p.m. A limited number of reserved-seating tickets are available locally by calling your local Ticketmaster outlet at: (864) 233-2525 (Greenville); (864) 576-1550 (Spartanburg); (828) 251-5505 (Asheville); (803) 783-2222 (Columbia) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, through the Ticketmaster website at www.ticketmaster.com, or through the Bi-Lo Center ticket office at (864) 467-0008 (www.bilocenter.com). Tickets are $30. VIP tickets are also available exclusively through the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation. These tickets include access to the floor, an open bar, and either General Admission or Clubhouse tournament credentials good for all four days of golf, depending on which package is selected. Interested parties can contact the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation at (803) 732-9311 or purchase VIP tickets through their website at www.scjgf.org/hootie. The final special event tied to the golf tournament is the public debut of Oscar award-winning actor Kevin Costner's band on Saturday, April 29, at The Cliffs Valley golf course. The concert is available to tournament ticket holders only, and will take place at The Cliffs Valley after play ends for the day. Patrons are asked to arrive at the course no later than 5 p.m., and to bring a blanket and/or folding chair for outdoor seating. Food and concessions will be on sale. Costner's unnamed, five-member band plays original rock and popular music. Costner, who is the lead singer, said he chose to debut at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs to pay tribute to all of the volunteers. The Celebrity Walk of Fame and concerts will highlight a week of activities surrounding the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament. Each event will help support the 29 Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina charities benefiting from the tournament. The 2006 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament will be played April 27-30, 2006 at The Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards golf courses. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel. The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is the only tournament on the Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a three-day better-ball competition. Amateurs, celebrities and pros will rotate between each of the three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 14 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday's final round. Celebrities will play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $112,500 from the total purse of $625,000, which is one of the largest purses on the Nationwide Tour. Amateurs and celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc. The first five tournaments have raised more than $3 million for area charities. General Admission tickets for the 2006 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $25 through one of the 29 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. Children 14 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Corporate sponsorships and ticket packages that include VIP and Clubhouse tickets can also be purchased by calling (864) 297-1660. For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament; sponsorship opportunities, charitable funding or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament's website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.
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