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Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational raises $1 million


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Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Russell Wilson among celebrities on hand at exclusive Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.

Some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment descended on Las Vegas this month for the Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational (DJCI) at ARIA Resort & Casino and the exclusive Shadow Creek Golf Course. The three-day event contributed more than $1 million to Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.

Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Jerome Bettis, Aimee Garcia, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Brittany Lincicome, Rob Riggle, Jason Taylor and Russell Wilson were among the celebrities who lent their star power to the event.

"This was an incredible event and the support that went into making it the success it was is just remarkable," said Derek Jeter, who created the Turn 2 Foundation in 1996. "To be able to have as much fun as we did while also helping make a difference in the lives of so many young people is something I'm grateful for, and I look forward to continuing to grow the Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational for years to come."


The highly anticipated weekend kicked off on Thursday, March 12, with a Welcome Reception presented by Jordan Brand at LIQUID Pool Lounge. Friday morning marked the first of two rounds of Celebrity-Amateur golf action at Shadow Creek, where celebrities were paired with teams of four amateur participants in a best ball, modified shamble format. Comedian Norm MacDonald led his team to victory on day one of golf.

Following a day on the links, Jeter was joined by celebrities, friends, partners and supporters at the event's signature DJCI gala at ARIA Resort & Casino. MacDonald changed gears, serving as emcee for the evening, where guests had a chance to unwind, enjoy world-class dining and bid on one-of-a-kind memorabilia and experiences in a silent auction. R&B artist Miguel got the crowd dancing before Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum recording artist, Ludacris, headlined the celebration with an unforgettable performance.

The weekend concluded with a final round of Celebrity-Amateur golfing on Saturday, March 14, with a team led by Olympic champion alpine skier Bode Miller taking top honors.

This year's DJCI partners included: Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales, Icon International, Jordan Brand, Player's Tribune, Steiner Sports and Apollo Jets.

The DJCI in Las Vegas follows 11 years of the highly successful Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic in Tampa, Florida. The funds raised at the DJCI will help further the Turn 2 Foundation's mission of promoting healthy lifestyles among young people in New York, West Michigan and Tampa, Florida.

About Turn 2 Foundation

Turn 2's mission is to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote and reward academic excellence, leadership development, and positive behavior. Turn 2's goal is to see the children of these programs grow safely and successfully into adulthood and become the leaders of tomorrow.

About Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales

Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales monetizes the company's portfolio of leading news, sports, kids and entertainment properties through advertising and brand activations. Attracting a wide-scale audience of diverse consumers, the collection includes leading media brands CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Bleacher Report and Turner Sports' high-profile coverage of the NBA, MLB, NCAA and PGA. In addition, the company has digital sales partnerships with the NBA, NCAA and PGA.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About JP Sports + Entertainment ("JPSE")

Founded in 2007 by Pete Falcone, JPSE is a sports & entertainment agency specializing in providing turnkey event management services, consulting, sponsorship activation, corporate hospitality and property sales representation. Since 2008, JPSE has been responsible for raising over $15M for hundreds of charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Motion Picture & Television Fund and DonorsChoose through its development and management of events such as the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, the Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge. The JPSE leadership team has assisted notable sports and entertainment celebrity icons such as Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan, Lady Antebellum, Maria Sharapova, Chris Paul, Jeremy Lin and more. JPSE also has extensive experience assisting Corporate America including sponsorship activations for clients such as MGM Resorts International and the execution of C-level, customized corporate hospitality programs for various Fortune 500 companies in conjunction with major sporting events such as the Super Bowl, Masters, Ryder Cup, Kentucky Derby and more.

Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $23 million to create and support signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles. Learn more »


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