Woods, Mandalay Bay Team up for Children's Charity Event
VEGAS --Golf sensation Tiger Woods along with scores of other celebrities
teamed up for a full day of fundraising events held at the Mandalay
Bay Resort Casino on October 7 for Woods' non-profit organization,
the Tiger Woods Foundation. The proceeds will go to a variety of
with a golf clinic held at Dragon Ridge Golf Club in Henderson,
NV, many celebrities and athletes, including hockey legend Wayne
Gretzky and his wife, actress Janet Jones; Kevin Sorbo, who plays
the television "Hercules" and football running back Barry Sanders,
received golf tips from Woods. After the clinic the celebrities
went on to enjoy a round of golf.
then hosted Kid's Day, a luncheon for 50 children. After the luncheon
Woods and the children watched the rehearsal for Tiger Jam III,
the concert held later that evening.
than 8,500 fans attended the Tiger Jam III concert held at Mandalay
Bay Resort Casino and Events Center and were thrilled to the
songs of Grammy-winning recording artists Christina Aguilera, LeAnn
Rimes and SEAL. Joe Pesci, Dule Hill, from the NBC television show
"The West Wing", and Alyssa Milano from "Who's the Boss" fame were
among countless other celebrities making special appearances during
from the annual benefit concert will
again raise funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF) and children's
charities based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
that have benefited from past Tiger Jam concerts include the Las
Vegas Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Greater Las Vegas Inner-City
Games, the Andre Agassi Foundation, America's Promise/Nevada Commission
for National & Community Service, the Sphinx Competition, the Fulfillment
Fund and Students Run LA.
in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation
seeks to empower young people to reach their highest potential.
Utilizing the platform golf provides, the Foundation is Tiger's
way of providing support, guidance, and inspiration to as many young
people as possible. Through golf clinics, motivational speeches,
educational programs, the support of local heroes, and direct grants,
the Foundation has interacted with over 60,000 kids across America,
providing role models and instruction on healthy lifestyles.
is Woods third annual fundraising event in Las Vegas. Last year
the daylong event raised more than $500,000.
Las Vegas Landmark Says Goodbye
VEGAS -- For the second time in almost as many months Las
Vegas said goodbye to yet another landmark. This time it was
the El Rancho Hotel and Casino that felt the blast of explosives
as demolition crews imploded the structure at 2:30 in the
morning on October 3.
more than 2,000 on lookers, it took less than 30-seconds to
bring down more than 50-years of history for the El Rancho
that was originally built 1948, but was then named the Thunderbird.
The Thunderbird was the fourth hotel-casino built in Las Vegas.
It operated until 1976 when it was sold and renamed the Silverbird.
Then in 1982, it was resold again to the Aladdin Corporation
and renamed the El Rancho. About eight years ago the El Rancho
closed its doors and remained abandoned.
May of 2000 the Thurnberry Associates, a Florida-based development
company, purchased the El Rancho from the defunct New Jersey-based
International Thoroughbred Breeders corporation for $45 million.
Thurnberry owns and operates a $600 million condominium complex
on adjacent Paradise Road.
El Rancho housed a 13-story, 600-room tower and entertained
patrons with a western theme. It sat on 21 acres of land and
was located on the northern part of the Strip near the corner
of Riviera and Las Vegas Boulevards.