Legends Is a Hole-in-One for Pacific Athletics


Tommy Thayer & friends lead another successful fundraising effort at the Legends Classic.


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An all-star cast from the worlds of music and sports helped KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer put together another exceptional fundraising success for Pacific University Athletics.

The 2012 Pacific University Legends Classic, hosted by the Beaverton native, grossed more than $360,000 to benefit the University’s 21-sport NCAA Division III athletics program. The event was held July 29 & 30 at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club in Aloha.

The energetic crowd enjoyed a rocking night of music and a perfect day of golf with more than 20 celebrities from the worlds of music, sports and entertainment. More than 350 people attended Sunday night’s dinner, auction and concert, while more than 150 people participated in a picture-perfect day of golf.

“It was another magical event, from the Sunday concert to Monday’s golf,” said Thayer. “I sincerely thank everyone who made the 2012 Legends Classic such a great success. I am looking forward to another exciting event in 2013.”

Sunday night’s concert once again brought together a hall of fame lineup of some of the greats from the world of music. Joining Thayer on stage were Night Ranger front man Jack Blades and drummer Kelly Keagy; the Eagles’ original lead guitarist, Don Felder; legendary guitarist Robby Krieger from the Doors; original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine; country musician/comedian Gary Mule Deer and acclaimed Portland-based jazz saxophonist Patrick Lamb.

Other highlights of the 2012 Pacific University Legends Classic included:

• Live and silent auctions that grossed $238,000 for the Pacific University athletics program.  Among the featured items up for bids included a pair of autographed KISS guitars, a Tuscan villa getaway, a Caribbean yacht voyage and seats for an intimate concert featuring Tommy Thayer and friends at Stoller Vineyards next July.

• A special appeal during the live auction raised more than $64,000 for the Boxer Learning Center, a state-of-the-art audiovisual learning in the University’s Stoller Center. Featuring the latest interactive video technology, the center will allow Pacific teams to review game tape, watch live video and strategize for success. 

• Joining Thayer in supporting Pacific athletics in the two-day event were PGA professionals Casey MartinBrian Henninger and Tommy Masters; LPGA standouts Stephanie LoudenPaige Mackenzie and Perry Swenson; former Portland Trail Blazers Bobby Gross and Jerome Kersey; NASCAR legend Geoff Bodine; former Oregon football coach and ESPN analyst Mike Bellotti and former Major League Baseball player Richie SexsonShauna Parsons, anchor of Fox 12 Oregon’s Ten ‘O Clock News, served as master of ceremonies for Sunday’s dinner, auction and concert. 

• Terry Boyd and Ron Callan of KPAM-AM 860 broadcast both of their shows live from the tournament on Monday, which included interviews with most of the event’s celebrity guests. 

For more information on this year’s event, including celebrity biographies and sponsorship details for next year, please visit www.pacificlegendsgolf.com.


Posted by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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