Saturday, June 23, 2007

2007 Raiders Golf Classic 

Posted by Sasha at 9:47 AM ET

PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 21, 2007--The Oakland Raiders raised more than $200,000 for Special Olympics Northern California as part of the 2nd Annual Raiders Golf Classic June 14 at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. More than 300 golfers were paired with Oakland Raiders players, legends and coaches to play a round of golf and celebrate the achievements of local Special Olympics athletes. Proceeds from this year's event will help underwrite costs associated with the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games, which were held earlier this month for more than 1,000 athletes at UC Berkeley.

"We are pleased that the Raiders were able to exceed our expectations and make more than $200,000 for Special Olympics this year," said Jill Osur, Sr. Vice President of Special Olympics Northern California. "Our programs are free for our athletes and their families, and this money will go along way in helping us reach the more 300,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities in Northern California who could benefit from Special Olympics."

"This has been a wonderful partnership for an even greater cause -- we are happy to help the Special Olympics make a difference in the community," said Artie Gigantino, senior administrator for the Oakland Raiders.

This year's event, presented by Preferred Financial, was packed with giveaways and contests on almost every hole, such as longest drive, hole-in-one, accuracy drive, and longest putt. While making their way through the 18-hole course, golfers enjoyed food and beverages, received Raiders-signed memorabilia, and were encouraged by the Raiderettes...(cont'd)


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