I have had the luxury of spending the past week playing golf and hosting my 5th Annual Clay Walker Charity Classic to raise funds and awareness for my nonprofit foundation Band Against MS (BAMS). While this may sound like a vacation in the midst of summer 2012, it was so much more than that. From June 29 through July 2, my family and I were surrounded by old and new friends, supporters and celebrities who came out and gave their time and dedication in order to bring awareness to Multiple Sclerosis, a disease I have been inflicted with since 1996.
Charity can take on many forms such as writing a check to an organization, feeding the homeless, donating clothes to the less fortunate and so on. Charity can also involve surrounding yourself with amazing people -- friends, family and supporters that partake in a memorable event while knowing that all the fun they are having is going to benefit people who truly need it. This is what my Clay Walker Charity Classic is all about -- fun with a purpose.
And speaking of fun, this year I was joined by actor/comedian/singer/songwriter Anthony Anderson. Somebody forgot to forewarn me that Anthony is by far one of the funniest comedians out there whom can not only act, but can sing as well! Anthony was my host emcee this year and brought the house down wanting more. Anthony donated a walk on role to the set of Jimmy Fallon's new NBC sitcom Guys With Kids airing this fall season, which made two lucky attendees very excited to have an opportunity like this. Also in attendance were NBA all-stars Clifford Robinson and John Starks, WFAN's TV and radio personality Ann Liguori, musician T Bone Burnett and country music artist Sarah Marince. These celebrities chose to come out and involve themselves in what BAMS is all about by having fun and raising awareness while lending their support for four days and never forgetting the reason why we were all there which was to benefit a cause, my cause.
I will continue to fundraise throughout the year and bring as much awareness to MS. I am determined to make a difference in the lives of others as well as my own. The gratitude I have for every individual participant is something that I would be hard pressed to find expressible in words. From my BAMS team, to my manager and public relations team and the team at Pebble Beach, collectively, we are a team fighting to find a cure and educate those with MS. Like the BAMS heroes who bravely battle MS, those who valiantly support it are heroes in my book as well.
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