by Judy McDermott
Two Youth-focused Foundations Team Up for a Home Run on November 3
Like generations of other Tucson Conquistadores, Brandt Hazen, the group’s current president, combined his love of golf with his passion for supporting healthy futures for kids in Southern Arizona. Under his watch, the Conquistadores will celebrate their 50th anniversary in a manner consistent with the Conquistadores’ purpose: raise money for youth athletic programs.
“The Tucson Conquistadores Foundation and Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation share goals to improve the well-being of children and young adults,” said Hazen. “Birdies & Butterflies was created to commemorate the Tucson Conquistadores’ golden anniversary by doing what we do best: partner with our community to help kids.”
Advocates of improving the health, wellness and fitness of Southern Arizona youth are invited to join professional and collegiate sports celebrities at this one-of-kind fund-raising event on November 3. Christina-Taylor Green’s father, John Green, a supervisor of amateur scouts for the Los Angeles Dodgers, teamed up with his father Dallas Green, a former pitcher, manager and executive in Major League Baseball, to recruit some of baseball’s best for the event. Both Dallas and John Green will play in the Celebrity-Am.
Legendary Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda and 2002 U.S. Senior Open Champion Don Pooley will headline the field at the Birdies & Butterflies Celebrity-Am. Other sports celebrities expected to play as of publication date: nine-time Gold Glove Award winner and former Chicago Cub, Ryne Sandberg; former Arizona State Sun Devil standout and current Dodger outfielder, Andre Ethier; Dodger second baseman Mark Ellis; former Boston Red Sox manager and ESPN analyst, Terry Francona; and former University of Arizona Wildcat and Web.com professional golfer, Rich Barcelo.
Golfers are scheduled to tee off at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 3 following a hosted breakfast. Community leaders, including former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired astronaut Mark Kelly, are expected to attend the Gala dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 3. Kelly is also playing in the Celebrity Am.
Supporters not involved in the golf tournament can purchase tickets ($250) for the Gala dinner only. Sponsorship and Celebrity-AM golf packages begin at $1,000. Safeway (grocery stores) is a major sponsor of the event.
Birdies & Butterflies will benefit a project both the Tucson Conquistadores and Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundations deem a key beneficiary, the Southern Arizona Indoor Sports Center. The future facility, to be built at La Cholla Blvd. and River Road, will feature nearly 40,000 square feet of versatile space, accommodating up to five indoor basketball courts or eight volleyball courts. The Sports Center is a project of Pima County in partnership with the nonprofit Southern Arizona Community Sports, Inc.
The Tucson Conquistadores Foundation is a self-perpetuating endowment created through the generosity of the Tucson Conquistadores and its community partners. The Foundation is dedicated to the funding and promotion of youth and special needs athletics in Southern Arizona.
The mission of the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation is to honor the life and memory of Christina-Taylor through charitable and educational projects that reflect and embody her interests, values and dreams.
What: Birdies & Butterflies
When: Saturday, November 3
Where: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. Tucson; special lodging rate available.
Golf: 10 a.m. Shotgun Start, Modified Scramble.
Gala: 6 p.m., Dinner, Dancing, Silent & Live Auction (tickets also sold separately).
Tickets and Info: (520) 571-0400; email@example.com@tucsonconquistadores.com
Printable brochure: TucsonConquistadores.com; Christina-TaylorGreen.org.