The biggest stars in sports and entertainment took over Las Vegas as the highly anticipated Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational (DJCI) returned to the exclusive Shadow Creek golf course for the fourth consecutive year. The three-day event, hosted by the award-winning ARIA Resort & Casino, contributed more than $1 million to Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation, Inc.
Ray Allen, Jerome Bettis, Joey Fatone, Luis Fonsi, Ken Griffey Jr., Tino Martinez, Bode Miller, Haley-Joel Osment, Jorge Posada, Gary Sheffield and Paige Spiranac were among the many high-profile celebrities who hit the links to support Turn 2's mission of motivating young people to lead healthy, successful lives.
"As we close out our fourth year in Las Vegas, I'd like to thank our friends, partners, sponsors and supporters for once again joining us for such a fantastic week," said Derek Jeter, who created the Turn 2 Foundation, Inc. in 1996. "The funds contributed to Turn 2 this year are invaluable, and will allow us to provide so many young people with the tools they need to excel in school, serve as leaders in their communities, and accomplish their dreams. The tremendous support we receive each year is a major factor in the continued success of this event, and that is something I am truly grateful for."
Pete Falcone, Owner and CEO, JP Sports + Entertainment, said, "I want to thank our event partners Chick Lee and ICON International, David Levy and Turner and Bobby Baldwin and ARIA for their support. From the fantastic hospitality at ARIA to the intense competition at the incomparable Shadow Creek, this year's DJCI was better than ever. I'd also like to thank Derek, the Turn 2 Foundation team and the event staff for their hard work on this incredible event."
This year's DJCI began Wednesday, April 18 with a private welcome reception at ARIA, presented by Wheels Up. Thursday morning kicked off the first two rounds of the Celebrity-Amateur golf tournament, where teams of celebrities and amateur participants went head-to-head in a best-ball, modified shamble format at Shadow Creek.
After a day of golf, Jeter was joined by celebrities, friends, partners and supporters at the event's signature DJCI Gala at ARIA's Primrose Ballroom. Celebrities and VIP guests enjoyed fine dining and an exclusive silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind memorabilia and experiences. Multi-platinum-selling, global superstar Jason Derulo took the stage and wowed the crowd with a memorable performance.
The three-day event concluded with the final round of the Celebrity-Amateur tournament on the morning of Friday, Apr. 20.
Funds raised at this year's DJCI will benefit the Turn 2 Foundation and its signature programs. Since its launch in Las Vegas in 2015, DJCI contributed more than $4 million to Turn 2. This year's event partners included JP Sports + Entertainment, ICON International, Turner and ARIA. The event is slated to return to Las Vegas again in 2019.
DJCI Celebrities in attendance included: Marcus Allen, Ray Allen, Brian Baumgartner, Notah Begay III, Jerome Bettis, Harry Carson, Brandi Chastain, Johnny Damon, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Dovolani, Joey Fatone, Luis Fonsi, Grant Fuhr, Ken Griffey Jr., Jay Harris, AJ Hawk, Derek Jeter, Andruw Jones, Chris Kirkpatrick, Paul Konerko, Kenny Lofton, Tino Martinez, Jim McMahon, Kevin Millar, Bode Miller, Jonathan Ogden, Blair O'Neal, Haley-Joel Osment, Jorge Posada, Ahmad Rashad, Ed Reed, Jimmy Rollins, David Ross, Sterling Sharpe, Gary Sheffield, Sheldon Souray, Paige Spiranac, John Starks, Tanyon Sturtze, Amani Toomer, Joe Torre, Leann Tweeden, Shane Victorino and Winky Wright.