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|Reservation deadline for Drive and Night of Champions is May 5; two golf foursomes and 50 dinners still available for memorable day|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
There are still opportunities for those who wish to join in the festivities at the The Drive and Night of Champions at the fabulous Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J., May 8.
This day-long celebration of excellence will include two different activities, the Drive of Champions, which features a putting contest, brunch, round of championship golf and a cocktail reception during the day.
In the evening, the Night of Champions will feature an Awards Banquet, Roast and Auction, featuring celebrity guest Rulon Gardner, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling.
There are numerous partnership levels where corporations and individuals can participate in the Night and Drive of Champions, with gold, silver and bronze levels of support. In addition, there are opportunities for groups or individuals to only attend the Night of Champions and participate in the festivities that evening.
Currently, there are only two foursomes left to purchase for the Drive of Champions. There are also only 50 plates still available for purchase for the Night of Champions, as 200 plates have already been sold. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, May 5.
For information on the Drive and Night of Champions, contact Larry Nugent of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Steven John Jastrabek at 973-769-1135 or via e-mail at email@example.com
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Proceeds from this event benefit USA Wrestling along with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic programs.
The Rulon Gardner Roast is expected to be a highlight of the day. Gardner shocked the sports world with his victory over previously unbeaten superstar and three-time Olympic champion Alexander Kareline of Russia in Sydney, Australia.
In addition to his Olympic title, Gardner won a World gold medal in 2001, making him the only U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler with both a World and Olympic title. He survived an evening lost in the bitter cold of the Wyoming mountains in 2002, fighting for his life, and ultimately lost a toe to frostbite. After a long rehabilitation, Gardner returned to the mats and went on to win an Olympic bronze medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Among those who have agreed to participate in the Roast is Dan Gable, a living legend in wrestling and the Olympic movement. Gable, who was a 1972 Olympic champion and 1971 World champion, and one of the greatest college coaches of all time.
Rulon's coach, Olympic gold medalist Steve Fraser, who was America's first Greco-Roman Olympic champion in 1984, will participate in the Roast, as will USOC CEO Jim Scherr, a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. Award-winning actor William Baldwin, a former wrestler, will also be among the speakers. It is destined to be a tremendous night of fun, as Rulon's peers roast their friend for the amusement of all.
A special achievement award will be given to Jeff Buxton, the longtime head wrestling coach at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. Buxton has developing the nation's most successful high school wrestling program. Buxton's team has been declared national champions numerous times, and many of his student-athletes have gone on to become champions in college. Buxton is active in the state association, New Jersey USA Wrestling.
Hamilton Farm is a new private golf club situation on an elegant, historic country estate. The club was born in the spirit of the world's great golf courses, and is designed to set new standards for quality, service and enjoyment of the golf experience. Hamilton Farm Golf Club was selected to host the 2005 HSB Women's World Match Play Championships, which provides the highest check to the winner in the history of the LPGA.
This promises to be one of the most spectacular events held to celebrate the sport of wrestling and the Olympic movement, and all are encouraged to be a part of this historic day.