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ALS 2010: Sizzlin' Celebs



ALS IN THE HEARTLAND has linked up with the COX Classic golf tournament to host “Sizzle Under the Stars,” Omaha’s only celebrity auction, on July 17th at Ironwood Golf Course. Local and nationally known singles including Fire Captain Darren Garrean have planned enticing date or couples packages, reflecting their hot personalities and interests.

Garrean, who quipped about his participation, serves as vice president of The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association. He feels sure he can make pulses race and bidding soar when his package is sold by celebrity auctioneer Justin Trowbridge during the live auction.
For those who agree that spending the night with hot bachelors, alluring beauties, and fun couples could make for a memorable evening, this event could hit the “hot button.”

These “sizzlin’ celebs” are waiting for potential “buyers” to open their checkbooks, bid high and make this an evening to remember. Proceeds raised will financially support ALS in the Heartland.

Event co-chairs Missy Zadina of ALS in the Heartland and Gina Matt with the COX Classic readily admit the main concern pondered by the
A-list celebrities is the fear no one will start the bidding. Both believe that is an unlikely prospect indeed, given the celebrities involved and the date packages they have assembled to entice bidders.


PERSONALITIES on the evening’s bill include: Former Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz; Fire Captain Darren Garrean; Nebraska native Elizabeth Kitt, who has appeared on reality TV; Miss Nebraska USA 2010 Belinda Wright, who secured a spot in the top fifteen in the pageant and earned the coveted Miss Congeniality title; Misty Janssen, MD, Family Practitioner with Alegent Health; and Ryan McPike, Chief Meteorologist for KMTV Action 3 News. For two friends or a high bidding couple, local radio personalities Big Party and Jeff Degan of Channel 94.1 will place their egos on the line at sale time.


Now celebrating the 15th year of financially supporting local charities, the COX Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha is thrilled with their new partnership with ALS, effectively creating a three way win for Omaha. To date, the weeklong golf tournament, operated and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, has distributed over $1.6 million dollars to local charities.

Thirteen local organizations will share in the year’s purse from the COX Classic, a premier stop in a nationwide series. Each year, some
of the best golfers in the world compete to take their next step toward the PGA Tour.

Funds raised by “Sizzle Under the Stars” will directly benefit those facing ALS, along with providing emotional support and educational resources for their loved ones.

ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neuromuscular degenerative disease that attacks the voluntary muscle movements we take for granted. There is no known preventive measure or known cure, definitive medical test, or scientific explanation for this crippling disease.

Co-chair Zadina knows first hand the devastating effects of ALS, yet also knows the amazing support and resources provided by ALS in the Heartland. Zadina’s mother, Sandra Howard, was 67 years young when she was diagnosed with ALS at the Mayo Clinic in October 2005. She passed away four months later on January 9th, 2006. Her doctors believe she had been struggling with the disease for almost two years. Zadina fondly describes her mother as an inspiration and says, “My mother was very independent and full of life.” She is grateful that ALS in the Heartland was “an amazing resource”- providing support, in-home health care, and 100 percent of the costs of medical equipment needed to care for her mom.


Organizers of the COX Classic golf tournament realized their roster of 1,000 volunteers could lend a hand toward creating a new charity event during their tournament’s kickoff party. Gina Matt, representing the not-for-profit organization who operates the COX Classic, approached Zadina to discuss the prospects of forming a partnership.

Soon after their initial discussions, the “Sizzle Under the Stars” co-chairs took action, setting their sights on generating six figures.
Behind the scenes, the COX Classic had the vision of further positioning their message, which maintains that the primary purpose of the tournament is to support thirteen local charities. Over the past fifteen years, the COX Classic tournament has contributed $1.7 million dollars to the community.


Following the live auction, local band Secret Weapon will provide music for guests to dance to under the stars. Attendees will also have the chance to sample a signature “Sizzle” drink created for this event, or to participate in the hole-in-one contest.
The fireworks show near the end of the evening will light up the night sky and the lucky high bidders will bring home the prize.

Visit www.coxclassic.com to purchase tickets for this year’s “Sizzlin’ Under the Stars” event.

ABOUT THE COX CLASSIC • Presented by Lexus of Omaha
The Cox Classic Presented by Lexus of Omaha is the premier event on the Nationwide Tour.
Each year, some of the best golfers in the world compete to take that next step to the PGATOUR. Thousands of fans attend not only to see these great golfers, but to learn more about the thirteen charities supported by the event. To learn more about the Cox Classic and the charities it supports, visit www.coxclassic.com.

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