Basket BALL, Golf Classic Huge Success

Oct. 2, 2004

SPOKANE, Wash. - The third annual Basket BALL and Golf Classic, co-chaired by Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few and his wife Marcy, raised more than $405,000 for the American Cancer Society at the recent event at Spokane's Davenport Hotel.

In addition to the involvement Mark and Marcy have, there is also a local organizing committee that spends countless hours preparing for the gala.

The Golf Classic has grown from 35 players in 2001 to 120 competitors this year at the two-day event held at the Spokane Country Club and the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

Special guests at the golf tournament and black tie dinner auction were former Olympic decathlon gold medalist Dan O'Brien; current Washington State University head men's basketball coach Dick Bennett; former Eastern Washington University head men's basketball coach and current University of Utah head man Ray Giacoletti; current EWU head men's basketball coach Mike Burns, former Michigan State University head men's basketball coach and current Spokane resident Jud Heathcote; former WSU, University of Iowa and University of Southern California head coach George Raveling; former WSU, Houston Rocket and Seattle Sonics standout and Spokane resident Craig Ehlo; former Gonzaga standout and current Minnesota Timberwolves player Blake Stepp, and the Gonzaga men's basketball team.

ESPN College Basketball analyst Jay Bilas emceed the event for the third straight year.

As part of the auction, 111 Camp Goodtimes scholarships were sold to allow children with cancer to attend a week at camp with activities and medical assistant geared toward their needs.

The 2005 Basket BALL and Golf Classic is scheduled for Aug. 26-27. For tickets, sponsorship or Golf Classic information call (509) 242-8291.



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