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Toby Keith & Friends Raise $664,000 for OK Kids Korral

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Victoria Knisley, 6, with Toby Keith. Victoria has Wilm's Tumors and lives with her grandparents in the panhandle of Oklahoma. It is about a five-hour drive one way to the hospital for each of her treatments. Soon families like hers will be able to stay at the OK Kids Korral. Photo courtesy of Shock Ink.

Toby Keith has always been willing to help sick children and their families. Last weekend, his 9th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic raised $664,000, outperforming the 2011 total ($650,000) and bringing the OK Kids Korral one step closer to reality. Or rather, one shovelful closer.

The event kicked off in Oklahoma City with a groundbreaking for the facility, which will offer a place of respite to those seeking treatment at OU Medical Center Children’s Hospital and other nearby facilities. “In my job, you get to go to a lot of places and see a lot of things, but there’s not much in my world that’s more gratifying or important than helping these families,” Toby says. “Turning dirt on this project is a big moment for me and a lot of other people who’ve been a part of making it happen.”

After the groundbreaking, it was on to the event’s dinner and auction. Top-earning items included an autographed Three Stooges piece and a trip to visit the crew of the Time Bandit from Discovery’s hit show Deadliest Catch. Both drew a winning bid of $25,000. A Brush Creek Ranch stay ($20,000), Hollywood package ($14,000), Phil Mickelson pin flag set ($10,000) and autographed Rolling Stones guitar ($5,500) were among the night’s big tickets. Three items from Toby himself drew $30,000.

On the links the following day, the team led by Dr. Jim Rohrer won the tournament, with Tony Baldridge taking home a new truck in the Built Ford Tough Shootout. For information about the golf tournament or OK Kids Korral, visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.

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