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(HawaiiNewsNow)- Maui's own two-time All-Star and new Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino joined Passman, Tommy Bahama and the Four Seasons Resort Maui for the 5th Annual Shane Victorino Foundation Celebrity Dinner & Golf Classic on December 6 and the Shane Victorino Foundation Youth Baseball Clinic on Saturday, December 8, 2012. All proceeds from the SOLD OUT event benefited the Shane Victorino Foundation that provides recreational, educational and wellness opportunities for children in need.
"I look forward to returning to Hawaii each offseason to give back to the community that is so supportive of me," said Victorino. "I was honored to team with Passman, Tommy Bahama and the Four Seasons to be able to provide resources and support for undeserved children throughout the state," he added.
The event began with a private golfer reception at Tommy Bahama Bar & Restaurant on Wednesday, December 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On Thursday, December 6, the golf competition began at 12:00 p.m. at the Wailea Golf Club's Emerald Course and was immediately followed at 5:45 p.m. with the reception, auction and dinner at the Four Seasons Resort Maui Ballroom.
The first-annual Shane Victorino Foundation Youth Clinic took place on Saturday at Maui High School with instruction provided by Shane and MLB players Brandon League (Dodgers), Clay Bucholz (Red Sox), Jason Vargas (Mariners), Dayton Alexander (A's organization), Kanekoa Texeira (Reds organization) and coaches from Maui High School. More than 150 children from local youth organizations attended the half-day clinic at no cost. Participants received a T-shirt, Zipppy's Vic-Pac lunches and gift bags.
Sponsorships for the private event ranged from $3,000 to $25,000 for golf opportunities and $200 for tickets to the event reception, auction and dinner. Corporate teams of four will be joined by celebrity team captains to compete for the championship to win fabulous awards including authentic Shane Victorino commemorative autographed items and other golf-related prizes. Awards will be presented during the evening's post-golf dinner festivities.
Hawaiian charities chosen by the Shane Victorino Foundation to benefit from the event will include A Keiki's Dream (grants dreams of children in crisis), Adult Friends for Youth (promotes educational achievement and aims to reduce poverty and destructive behavior among high risk youth), After-School All-Stars Hawaii (provides free, comprehensive after school programs for middle school students) and the First Annual Shane Victorino Youth Baseball Clinic (to provide opportunities for Maui youth to learn baseball fundamentals from Shane Victorino, MLB players and Maui high school coaches). All funds raised from the event solely benefit organizations and programs in the state of Hawaii.
Presenting sponsor Tommy Bahama treated golfers to an on-course grilled lunch, snacks and other beverages along the way. Golfers had the opportunity to compete in four hole-in-one contests with prizes that include the Passman Hope Floats Collection bracelet and ring, each featuring flawless Aquamarines (eight carats on the bracelet and five carats on the ring), diamonds and Black Coral set in 18kt white gold. Other prizes include a 2013 Fletcher Jones Maui Mercedes-Benz Black GLK350 SUV and two Harley Davidson motorcycles, courtesy of Cycle City Maui.
This year's dinner and live auction featured Passman's Skyscape Collection: a pendant of blue Sapphires, diamonds and Black Coral set in 18kt white gold, suspended on a white gold chain and complimented by an extraordinary pair of diamond, blue Sapphire and Black Coral earrings, dripping in unmistakable style and elegance. Autographed items included jerseys from MLB Triple Crown and AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, NL MVP Buster Posey, and Rookies of the Year Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Other items included trips New York that includes two VIP tickets to Rachael Ray and a meet/greet experience with Live! with Kelly & Michael, a trip to Los Angeles and two tickets to Dancing with the Stars, weekends away, as well as foursomes on the Hawaiian Islands' finest courses.
Celebrity participants scheduled to join Victorino included actor/comedian Rob Riggle, ESPN Sports Center Anchor Neil Everett, Phillies Jimmy Rollins, Laynce Nix, Rays Ben Francisco, Dodgers Josh Beckett, Brandon League and Stephen Fife, Mariners Jason Vargas, Red Sox Clay Bucholtz, Orioles Adam Jones, Tigers Quintin Berry, Padres Tim Stauffer, Yankees Jayson Nix, Pirates Kevin Correia, retired Dodgers star Steve Garvey, A's Kila Ka'aihue, Reds Kanekoa Texeira, A's Dayton Alexander, Yankees scout Pete Mackanin, professional surfers Rob Machado, Kelly Slater and Ross Williams, Surfing Hall of Fame's Pat O'Connell, renowned Honolulu Chef Alan Wong and KHON sports reporter Kanoa Leahey.
Sponsors for the event include
Title Sponsor: Passman
Presenting Sponsor: Tommy Bahama
Resort Sponsor: Four Seasons Resort Maui
Home Run Sponsor: OfficeMax
Gift Bag Sponsors: Hurley and Tommy Bahama
Double Play Sponsor: Dorvin D. Leis, Inc., Marcraft Apparel
Base Hit Sponsors: A&B Foundation, Keith & Bonny Amemiya, Hardware Lumber Maui, OluKai, PR Partners, UFC, Windermere Realty, Zippy's
Team Sponsors: Cycle City Maui, Del Gaudio Family, D&J Electronics, Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz Maui, Goodfellow Bros., IBEW Local 1186, CarlSmith Ball, LLP, Maui Soda & Ice Works, Miles & Farr Families, R&D Technologies, Rainsford Foundation
Excursion Sponsors: Ali'i Nui, Blue Hawaiian Helicopter, Maui Dive Shop, Old Lahaina Luau
Host Course: Wailea Golf Club
Beverage Sponsors: Langer's Juices, Maui Brewing Co., Maui Soda & Ice Works, OCEAN Vodka, Red Bull
For more information on the event, please visit the Shane Victorino Foundation's website by clicking HERE or by phone at 702.214.5581.
ABOUT THE SHANE VICTORINO FOUNDATION
Shane and Melissa Victorino founded the Shane Victorino Foundation (SVF) in 2010. The nonprofit is dedicated to promoting opportunities for underserved youth as it engages in projects which provide children with educational, recreational and wellness programs. In Shane's native Hawaii, the Victorinos and the SVF have raised more than a half-of-a-million dollars for various charities that serve children in need. The organization's major endeavor in Philadelphia was the renovation of the recently re-opened Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club, in which the nonprofit pledged nearly $1 million to renovate the 105-year building. Upon its re-naming, Shane become one of two MLB players with a Club named in his honor (other is Willie Mays). In the off-season, the Foundation hosts a number of events, including a holiday toy drive. For more information, contact the Foundation at ShaneVictorinoFoundation.org, on Twitter (@SVictorinoFdtn), Facebook (/ShaneVictorinoFoundation) and YouTube (ShaneVictorinoFdn).
PASSMAN is an island based design house with thirty-seven years of rich history in fine jewelry design and sculpture. Legendary designer Omar Torres now leads the brand in his role as Creative Director and continues to pay homage to the company's organic roots with vibrant new collections featuring rare and unusual mediums like Tagua, Palo Santo wood and exotic gems. PASSMAN is sold exclusively at the brand's boutiques in Las Vegas, Maui, Ketchikan and St. Thomas as well as the Mansion at Camana Bay on Grand Cayman. For more information, visit the website by clicking HERE
ABOUT TOMMY BAHAMA
Tommy Bahama is part of Tommy Bahama Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE:OXM). Established in August 1992, with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Tommy Bahama is an island-inspired lifestyle brand that defines relaxed, sophisticated style in men's and women's sportswear, swimwear, accessories, footwear and a complete home furnishings collection. The company owns and operates over 100 Tommy Bahama stores worldwide, with 13 of those locations offering a Tommy Bahama restaurant & bar. Tommy Bahama products are also available at the country's finest retailers, including Nordstrom and other specialty retailers and TommyBahama.com ships to over 100 countries. Additional stores will be opening this year. For more information, please visit the website by clicking HERE.
ABOUT SHANE VICTORINO
Known as "The Flyin' Hawaiian" for his intense style of play and lightning speed, Maui's-own Shane Victorino will begin his 10th MLB season as an outfield for the Boston Red Sox. Victorino recently finished his ninth MLB season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, after a late season trade from the Philadelphia Phillies. During the 2012 season, Victorino recorded his 1,000th hit and set a career record in stolen bases. In 2011, Shane enjoyed one of his finest seasons at the plate and in the outfield and was named the NLE Champion Phillies' MVP by the Philadelphia Baseball Sportswriters. He was also chosen by the fans in the "Final Vote" for the National League All-Star Roster. In 2010, Shane was personally recognized with his third consecutive Gold Glove, after the team advanced to the NLCS for the third season in a row. In 2009, the team advanced to their second consecutive World Series during a phenomenal year for Victorino as he earned an All-Star appearance, set new career-highs in nearly every statistical category and was awarded his second Gold Glove. In 2008, Victorino was a catalyst leading the Phillies' to the 2008 World Series victory. Immediately following the championship, Victorino was honored with his first Gold Glove.
Together with his wife Melissa, the civic-minded Victorino created the Shane Victorino Foundation in February 2010. Shane continues to receive numerous accolades and honors for his philanthropic work. Most recently, he was named the recipient of the 2011 Branch Rickey Award, presented annually to honor the MLB player with outstanding humanitarian achievements. In addition, he was named by the U.S. Jaycees as one of 2011's Ten Outstanding Young Americans and was presented the Philadelphia Sportswriters Humanitarian Award. In 2010, he received the Phillies Roberto Clemente Award, 2010 Phillies Charities Community Service Award and was named the prestigious Union League's Sportsman of the Year. In past years, he was presented with the 2009 Phi Delta Theta International Lou Gehrig Memorial Award given annually to the MLB player who best exemplifies the giving character of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig. In addition, he is a member of the Philadelphia Action Team, a national young volunteer initiative by the MLB Trust and Volunteers of America and is featured in a national ad campaign promoting volunteerism.