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    • Hootie and the Blowfish with Pat Green Playing at Greenville's BI-LO Center

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 30, 2006) - Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum selling band Hootie & The Blowfish will perform as part of the 2006 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament, it was announced today. The Hootie & The Blowfish concert will be held Friday, April 28 at the Bi-Lo Center beginning at 9:30 p.m. Pat Green will open for the band at 8 p.m. Seating begins at 7 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 South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation is very proud of the partnership it has with the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs," said Tim Kreger, Director of Development for the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation. "Through our partnership, we have been able to generate funds to open the First Tee of Greenville. We are truly excited about the opportunity to provide VIP tickets for the Hootie & the Blowfish concert as a means of raising annual operational funds for the First Tee of Greenville." Hootie & The Blowfish is best known for its 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View, which won two 1995 Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Pop Duo/Group. The album featured such hits as "Only Wanna Be With You," "Hold My Hand," and "Let Her Cry." The band released its fifth album last August entitled, Looking for Lucky, which includes the hit track, "One Love," which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard charts. The concert helps support the 29 Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina charities benefiting from the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament, which 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 at The Cliffs Valley. 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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