FA Cup Final fireworks are about to be replaced by excitement of a different kind, as Anfield Stadium welcomes a new event on the eve of The 135th Open Championship. The Open Championship Gala Dinner in aid of the Golf Foundation is to be held at Anfield, on Monday 17th July, with all money raised going to support the Foundation’s important work in schools and inner city areas.
The Golf Foundation – the charity committed to making golf accessible to children – has teamed up with the British Golf Industry Association to create a night that stands out in the sporting calendar as a ‘must-be-there’ event for any golf lover. The dinner is expected to have a regular slot on the Monday evening at The Open, following the first official practice day.
With The Open this year taking place at Hoylake, nearby Anfield Stadium, home to Liverpool Football Club, provides an exciting venue for an occasion where stars from the world of sport will rub shoulders with golf’s VIPs. Guests attending the event will enjoy a champagne reception in Anfield’s fabulous Museum Room before a sumptuous four-course dinner in the Trophy Room, while being entertained throughout the evening.
Among other attractions, Liverpool’s latest European Cup will be present for photo-opportunities with all guests.
This major fundraising event features an auction; prizes so far guaranteed include a signed England World Cup 2006 football shirt, Ryder Cup tickets and accommodation, and a commemorative Jack Nicklaus £5 note, commissioned by the Royal Bank of Scotland to mark Nicklaus’s glittering Open career, and signed by the great man himself.
Mike Round, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said, “We all feel this will be a superb event at the start of Open Championship week. With Liverpool’s great season capped by that wonderful FA Cup Final, the Anfield area will be buzzing, and sports lovers all over Merseyside and the Wirral will be gearing themselves for a very special week at Hoylake.
“This evening will be very much part of the celebrations and we hope it could become a tradition of Open week to attend when the championship moves to other venues. The atmosphere will be great at Anfield and we’ll be doing our best to raise plenty of money for the Golf Foundation’s important initiatives in grass roots golf.”
* For more information on the event call Sarah Tennyson on 01920 876200.
Golf Foundation www.golf-foundation.org