Last weekend, DILUSSO had the pleasure of being a sponsor of The David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic, benefiting the David Ortiz Children's Fund. You're likely aware of the hero Big Papi is on the baseball diamond, but we were witness to the amazing things he's doing for children, both in the greater New England Area, as well as his birthplace in the Dominican Republic. In partnership with Mass General Hospital for Children and the World Pediatric Project, the Ortiz Classic has raised over $1.25 million for pediatric healthcare over the years, with plenty more raised at this year's event.
Upon arrival at the breathtaking Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, we had a blast at the welcome party, rubbing elbows with several sports heroes and entertainment celebs, as well as business leaders, who came out to support the cause. I wasn't sure what to expect, but everyone was very accessible, and super down to Earth. The man of the hour himself, Big Papi didn't hesitate to stop for pictures--making sure at every turn, he thanked everyone he met for their support. And perhaps the nicest guy in the place was perennial All-Star, and Big Papi's BoSox teammate, Hanley Ramirez.
Left to Right: David "Big Papi" Ortiz, the sponsor wall, and Hanley Ramirez
Pairings Night & Pool Party:
Part of the creative fundraising activities was the golf pairings party, where golf foursomes bid on their favorite celebrities to play as their "fifth" in the best ball tournament. What an amazing time, getting to know all of the celebs, which ranged from MLB and NFL Hall of Famers and All Stars to Hollywood Stars.
Left to Right: Pic #1 "Tres Papis", DILUSSO w/David Ortiz, Pic#2 MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, and Pic#3 All Stars Edwin Encarnacion & Robinson Cano
Left to Right: Pic#1 NFL Great Lawrence Taylor, Pic#2 "Ballers" Star, Omar Miller, and Pic#3 "The Big Cat" Andres Galarraga
Saturday was golfing day, where celebs and attendees teamed up in a shotgun scramble at one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.
Left to Right: Actors Mekhi Phifer & Glynn Turman along with reigning MLB MVP Josh Donaldson & "Joga" guru Jana Webb get a trick shot lesson from Pro Trevor Consavage.
Left to Right: Pic#1 BoSox Great Jim Rice, Pic#2 Johnny Damon & 2015 MVP Josh Donaldson, and Pic#3 The MVP grips it & rips it!
After an amazing day of golf, it was time to raise money for the kids at the Gala. Everyone cleaned up quite nicely, as the evening event kicked off both a silent and live auction with several items and experiences up for auction--including a DILUSSO Box!
Left to Right: Pic#1 The DILUSSO Box, Pic#2 Our Name in Lights, and Pic#3 The Avenger himself, Anthony Mackie, paid us a visit.
Big Papi's Farewell Beach Party:
To wrap up an amazing weekend of fundraising and "raising the roof", Big Papi summoned us all to the beach to...as he put it best "Party as a family!!".
Left to Right: Pic#1 The MC for the night, Big Papi, Pic#2 Reigning MVP Josh Donaldson, and Pic#3 2012 & 2013 MVP, Miguel Cabrera
Left to Right: Pic#1 Dancing w/the lovely Eliza Dushku, Pic#2 When Big Papi says party, we party!, and Pic#3 Dominican Stilt Dancers
Until next year, Punta Cana...
Overall, a wonderful time had by all, and more importantly, a lot of money raised for pediatric healthcare. Our thank you to David Ortiz & his family for welcoming us, as well as a special thank you to the event organizers, Radegen Sports Management. Very impressive event!