Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 | 7:12 p.m.
Robin Leach's Vegas DeLuxe
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On and off the golf course, Justin Timberlake takes very seriously his role as celebrity host and ambassador for the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children pro-am golf tournament at TPC Summerlin. After all, his goal is to raise more than $1million over the next few days.
While fanzines are in a frenzy over his renewed romance with Jessica Biel, who has reportedly reunited with him here in Las Vegas, he’s more interested in talking about the incredible medical achievements of the charity. (Incidentally, Jessica has been spotted in and around TPC Summerlin in the background while all eyes are on Justin.)
In between shots at TPC Summerlin and signing memorabilia for his admirers, Justin said: “First and foremost, the reason I am here is because of the Shriners Hospitals. It’s mind-blowing to see some of the work the Shriners have done over the years. Every year when we come back, you get to see the benefits of their hard work. It’s such a worthy cause and makes you proud to be a part of what we’re doing out here.”
Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was on the links for our photo gallery from yesterday’s celebrity pro-am. Marshall Faulk, Anthony Anderson and Bo Jackson were on Charlie Wi’s first-place team yesterday. Thanks also to Sam Morris of the Las Vegas Sun for his photo gallery.
Madame Mayor Carolyn Goodman was the keynote speaker at Justin’s third annual Women’s Day luncheon on Tuesday. Her entertaining tales of life with former Mayor Oscar Goodman had the ladies laughing out loud. Former first lady Dawn Gibbons, Emily Jillette (wife of Penn Jillette) and fitness expert Nikki Stevens were among those who helped raise $50,000 for Shriners. Goodman presented an official proclamation declaring Sept. 27 Shriners Hospitals for Children Day in Las Vegas.
Today is the start of three days of the more serious PGA tour stop, and then it all culminates Saturday with Justin’s Old School Jam at Planet Hollywood. With Las Vegas’ own Wayne Brady as co-host, Justin has lined up an all-star cast featuring Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores, Charlie Wilson, Color Me Badd, Sugar Hill Gang, Sister Sledge, Vanilla Ice and Turbo B. His show last year added more than $1 million to the weeklong events, and, this year, he plans to top that figure.
Vegas DeLuxe will have coverage this weekend from the concert and the greens, so be sure to check back often. And be sure to read the truly expert coverage by our Sports colleagues at the Las Vegas Sun, as well.
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