Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 | 2 a.m.
Las Vegas has long been a favorite spot for the famous to work and play. But it is increasingly becoming a destination for celebrities’ charitable efforts, with Justin Timberlake’s golf tournament, which got under way Sunday, providing the most recent example.
What follows is a list of the growing number of celebrity charity events in Las Vegas:
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Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
The 2011 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals golf tournament kicked off Sunday and continues through Oct. 3 at the TPC Summerlin. Celebrating its fourth consecutive year in Las Vegas, the events associated with the tournament include the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation Rockin’ Walk, a youth clinic, seven days of golf, an awards ceremony and the Justin Timberlake and Friends concert Oct. 1 at Planet Hollywood Theater for the Performing Arts. Performers include Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores, Color Me Badd, Vanilla Ice, Wayne Brady and more.
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Jerry Lewis’ MDA telethon
For the first time in 45 years, Jerry Lewis wasn’t part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s telethon held each year on Labor Day weekend since 1966. In August, the association announced Lewis had “completed his run” as host and chairman, effective immediately, and that he would not appear in the 2011 telethon. Lewis has stayed quiet about the situation. The telethon has originated from Las Vegas for 28 of its 45 years and raised more than $2.5 billion. This year’s event took place at the South Point.
Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam
Las Vegas native and International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Andre Agassi hosts his Grand Slam for Children to support the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy and improve education for all children. The 16th annual event will be held Oct. 29 at Wynn Las Vegas. The confirmed performers include Jimmy Kimmel, Train, Smokey Robinson and others. Since 1995, the Grand Slam has raised nearly $92 million.
Tony Hawk’s Stand Up for Skateparks
Legendary skateboarder and X Games gold medalist Tony Hawk brought his twice-annual Stand Up for Skateparks fundraiser to Las Vegas two years ago. The Tony Hawk Foundation raises money to build skate parks in low-income communities nationwide. Since 2002, the foundation has awarded 493 grants to help build public skate parks. The next local fundraiser is scheduled for Nov. 5 at Red Rock Resort.
Over the past 13 years, Tiger Woods’ Tiger Jam has raised more than $12 million for the golfer’s charitable foundation. The annual springtime event includes a dinner featuring live and silent auctions, followed by a concert. Last year’s concert headliners included Keith Urban, John Mayer and Tyler Hilton.
Brad Garrett’s Charity Poker Tournament
Earlier this month, Strip headliner Brad Garrett hosted his celebrity charity poker tournament for his Maximum Hope Foundation. Participants included Ray Romano, Jason Alexander, Cheryl Hines, poker pros Annie Duke and Jamie Gold, and Jose Canseco. The all-night tournament raised $152,233 with Las Vegas real estate magnate George Chami winning the competition and donating his $5,000 prize to the charity.
Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational
The 10th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational took place this year at Shadow Creek Golf Club and Aria. Since 2001, the annual events have raised more than $6 million. The tournament draws professional athletes, and this year was no exception. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, NHL legend Wayne Gretzky and more joined Jordan on the golf course. Next year’s event is scheduled for March 29-April 1.
Don Cheadle and Annie Duke, Ante Up for Africa Poker Tournament
Founded in 2006 by Don Cheadle, Annie Duke and Norman Epstein, Ante Up for Africa is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for Africans in need. The fourth-annual event took place most recently at the Rio in conjunction with the World Series of Poker, raising more than $275,000. First place went to professional poker player Phil Gordon, who won $129,086 and donated his winnings to the charity.