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Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Howard and Terry Francona to Headline David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic

BOSTON, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- When David Ortiz and his wife, Tiffany Ortiz, announced the inaugural David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic in his native Dominican Republic on December 4th-7th, 2008 -- the biggest names in sports quickly stepped up to the plate. Celebrities participating in the tournament include: David Ortiz and Red Sox teammates: Tim Wakefield, Justin Masterson, Jed Lowrie, Julio Lugo, and Manager Terry Francona. MLB stars, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, Miguel Cabrera, Vladimir Guerrero, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Hanley Ramirez will also tee it up, along with sports legends, Bobby Orr, John Havlicek, Luis Tiant, and Jim Rice.

The fund-raising event directly supports the David Ortiz Children's Fund which is dedicated to raising funds for children in New England and the Dominican Republic and providing access to the pediatric care they need to live full and productive lives.

"David's commitment to children is evident in this important work with the children's fund," said Terry Francona, Manager of Boston Red Sox. "David is a team player in every sense of the word and we are proud of his accomplishments."

"Tiffany and I have been overwhelmed by the support from team mates and friends from the world of sports and entertainment who will be joining us for this important event," said David Ortiz. "They are making an important difference in children's lives."

The Celebrity Classic will be held at Sanctuary Cap Cana, a 176-suite, beachfront resort with spectacular island suite accommodations. The tournament will be played at the Punta Espada Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature course and one of Golf Digest's Top 100 Greatest Courses outside the United States.

"We are proud to host the inaugural Ortiz Celebrity Classic," said Mark Keller, General Manager of Sanctuary Cap Cana Golf & Spa. "Guests will be supporting an important cause while enjoying luxurious five star amenities in the world's newest luxury destination in the heart of the Caribbean."

In June 2008 David Ortiz was recognized by UNICEF and given the Children's Champions Award, the first time that a sports figure has been awarded this prestigious humanitarian award.

Sponsors of the event include Reebok, vitamin water and Sharp Electronics.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities for the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic, please visit or call 212-784-6453.

For more information on the David Ortiz Children's Fund, please visit

About David Ortiz Children Fund

In 2006 David learned of the International Hospital for Children (IHC), a non-profit organization linking pediatric critical care services to children in developing countries. He was particularly inspired by the Dominican HEARTS program, a collaborative effort initiated by IHC and Heart Care Dominicana with a consortium of 6 U.S. health focused international organizations. This consortium is dedicated to training and empowering Dominican doctors and nurses at Cedimat Hospital in Santo Domingo to care for the cardiac needs of Dominican children. Today because of these efforts and the support from The David Ortiz Children's Fund, Dominican children no longer have to wait for the heart care they so desperately need.

The goal of this fund is to heal as many children as possible in his native country in all critical care aspects, as well as partner with children's health efforts in New England.

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