Seeing the need even closer to home, the Dufner's started the Jason Dufner Foundation with the hopes of being able to give back to those less fortunate. The foundation has already contributed over $200,000 to those in need working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County and Blessings in a Backpack, but they're shooting for bigger and better things with the first annual Celebrity Golf Classic taking place next Monday at Moore's Mill Club in Auburn.
Featuring PGA Tour standout Zach Johnson (2007 Masters winner), longtime PGA and Champions Tour standout Jim Thorpe, former Auburn and current PGA Tour professional Will Claxton, NFL legend Thurman Thomas, and a host of Auburn names including Bo Jackson, Takeo Spikes, Jerraud Powers, Sen'Derrick Marks, Will Herring, Gabe Gross, Philip Lutzenkirchen, Josh Harris, Al Del Greco and Adam Harrington, Dufner said he's excited to be part of something that can help so many people in need.
"It's nice," Dufner said. "We started the foundation a couple of years ago. We got involved with the Hunger Initiative in East Alabama. The State of Alabama has really been pushing that agenda for child hunger and it's really close to both Amanda's and my heart to kind of help and keep it localized here in East Alabama. Being a golfer, a golf tournament makes sense. I've got a lot of good friends, guys that played football here and guys that play golf on the tour, that will be coming. Hopefully we can raise some money and help create some awareness for what is going on in East Alabama."
While tickets to play in the golf tournament have already sold out for this year, some tickets still remain for a Sunday night pairings party that will feature a live auction of sports memorabilia, food and beverages, as well as an auction to play with Dufner, Jackson, Thomas, Johnson and Thorpe. Tickets for the Sunday night gathering are $150.00 and can be purchased by going to Click Here For Tickets
Hoping it's just the start of something that can make an even bigger difference in the community, Dufner said he and Amanda want to be able to give back and he can think of no better way than helping out kids in need.
"That's important to us because we still live here in Auburn," Dufner said. "I think it's important to give back to your area. People don't realize the need that we have here in East Alabama for kids that are hungry and aren't being fed on weekends that are on the free or reduced lunch schedule. That's a pretty big issue here, so for us to keep it localized I think we do a lot more good than trying to get nationalized with our agenda and what our ideas are. We want to really get involved in the community and really start to make a difference around Lee County."
Registration for the tournament on Monday opens at 8:00 a.m. with Dufner giving a clinic on the range at 9:45 a.m. A shotgun start will take place at 11 a.m. with the awards ceremony scheduled for 4:30 p.m.