PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (February 5, 2015) – The biggest names in the worlds of sports and entertainment will gather for three (3) days of special events and competitive golf for the 2015 Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational (DJCI) March 12-14, 2015. Shadow Creek, one of the country’s most exclusive golf courses, will be the home of this spectacular private, invitation-only golf event for the first time.
“I am extremely excited to launch the Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational in Las Vegas at ARIA Resort & Casino and Shadow Creek. This is an opportunity to spend time with an incredible group of friends while also doing something together that will have a lasting positive impact on the lives of young people,” said Derek Jeter, founder of the Turn 2 Foundation. “Turn 2 each year helps thousands of kids reach their full potential and become agents for social change. The funds this partnership provides will help us to continue working toward that mission.”
During his rookie year in 1996, New York Yankees All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter established the Turn 2 Foundation while sharing a pizza with his father in a Detroit hotel room. The name "Turn 2" is symbolic of the dramatic double play made by infielders during a game. It also represents Jeter's wish to promote healthy lifestyles among young people and enable them to "Turn 2" his Foundation for guidance and much-needed help to avoid drugs and alcohol.
Since its launch in December 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has given more than $20 million in support of signature programs and initiatives that have encouraged healthy lifestyles, academic achievement and leadership development for thousands of young people.
“This is an extraordinary chance to bring together partners not only committed to a great event with celebrities and golf, but who are also as committed to Derek Jeter's philanthropic endeavors," said Pete Falcone, President & CEO of JP Sports & Entertainment, LLC who negotiated the terms to bring this event to fruition. “We are passionate about Derek’s mission with his Foundation and look forward to creating an extraordinary event raising funds for an important cause.”
This year’s DJCI is scheduled to kick off Thursday, March 12 with a private welcome reception. The first of two rounds of the Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will begin Friday, March 13 at Shadow Creek and will be followed by one of the event’s signatures, the DJCI Gala and incredible silent auction at ARIA. The event will conclude with the final round of the Celebrity-Amateur Saturday, March 14.
About Turn 2 Foundation
Turn 2’s mission is to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote and reward academic excellence, leadership development, and positive behavior. Turn 2’s goal is to see the children of these programs grow safely and successfully into adulthood and become the leaders of tomorrow.
About Shadow Creek Golf Course
Perennially ranked among Golf Week magazine’s Top 10 courses, Shadow Creek’s special environment makes guests feel as if they’ve been transported to another world. Located in the midst of the barren Nevada desert on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Shadow Creek continues to achieve national recognition and the kind of startling mystique reserved for only a select number of golf courses. Designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio, Shadow Creek is known for its natural beauty, rolling terrain, glistening brooks and ponds, lush gardens and mature trees. The visual elements, spectacular waterfalls and course design lend to astonishing views.
About ARIA Resort & Casino
ARIA Resort & Casino is a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring spectacular amenities, high-end service, premium meeting and convention space, striking architecture and sustainable design. Combined with its unparalleled offerings including the luxurious Shops at Crystals and the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA introduces a new generation of resort experiences, unlike anything Las Vegas has ever seen. ARIA and its neighboring properties within CityCenter are a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit ARIA.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.
About JP Sports + Entertainment (“JPSE”)
Founded in 2007 by Pete Falcone, JPSE is a sports & entertainment agency specializing in providing turnkey event management services, consulting, sponsorship activation, corporate hospitality and property sales representation. Since 2008, JPSE has been responsible for raising over $15M for hundreds of charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Motion Picture & Television Fund and DonorsChoose through its development and management of events such as the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, the Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge. The JPSE leadership team has assisted notable sports and entertainment celebrity icons such as Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan, Lady Antebellum, Maria Sharapova, Chris Paul, Jeremy Lin and more. JPSE also has extensive experience assisting Corporate America including sponsorship activations for clients such as MGM Resorts International and the execution of C-level, customized corporate hospitality programs for various Fortune 500 companies in conjunction with major sporting events such as the Super Bowl, Masters, Ryder Cup, Kentucky Derby and more.