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Oklahoma Country star raises nearly $1 million to give back to Oklahoma communities

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NORMAN, Okla. – Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith has just launched his latest standing-room only trek, the Shut Up And Hold On Tour Presented by Ford F-Series.

But prior to heading out, Keith devoted a weekend, as he does every year, to the Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, which raised more than $950,000 last month.

More than 800 attended the opening dinner, musical event and silent auction, with 44 teams participating in the golf tournament during the May 16-17 event. As is the case each year, auction items resulted in some of the biggest contributions to the event’s fundraising total.

Top bids included:

  • Dinner with Toby Keith at the OK Kids Korral: $52,000
  • Bull Elk Hunt at Express UU Bar Ranch: $37,500
  • Arnold Palmer/Jack Nicklaus Memorabilia piece: $35,000
  • Toby Keith Behind the Scenes Experience: $30,000
  • Brush Creek Ranch Getaway: $30,000
  • African Safari: $25,000

All proceeds benefit the Toby Keith Foundation and its mission of encouraging the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients, primarily through its work with the OK Kids Korral.

A cost-free, convenient and comfortable home for patients and their families seeking treatment at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OK Kids Korral opened in January of this year.

Country star Toby Keith was born in Clinton, Okla. Keith graduated from Moore High school.