On Saturday, October 1, Tiger Woods hosted the inaugural Block Party at The Grove of Anaheim to benefit the Tiger Woods Learning Center (TWLC), a 35,000-square-foot youth-education facility located in Anaheim, Calif. The event, which included, golf, dinner, a live and silent auction and a private performance from Melissa Etheridge, served as a key fundraising push heading toward the opening of the $25 million Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim - scheduled for early 2006.
"Now that we are in the final stages of construction, I think it is very important we introduce the Learning Center to Orange County in a fun and unique way," Woods said. "My goal is for the Block Party to become an annual Orange County event that celebrates the community and the young people the TWLC will serve."
Spearheading this landmark event were noted philanthropists Randy & Sally Crockett and Brian & Lori Hirth who served as Benefit Committee Co-Chairpersons. Further, Henry & Susan Samueli were named honorary co-chairs of the Block Party.
The day kicked off with a golf exhibition at Pelican Hill featuring host Woods and PGA TOUR professional Fred Couples, followed by 18 holes of golf. Guests then joined Woods for a silent auction, dinner and live auction at The Grove of Anaheim. Joining Woods at the Block Party was Grammy winner Etheridge, who closed the evening with a live performance of some of her greatest hits.
Scheduled to open in early 2006, the TWLC is a youth-education facility that represents the vision of Tiger Woods and his goal to provide critical youth-development programs in Orange County. The mission is to provide youth from diverse backgrounds an interactive enrichment program that will improve individual aptitude in reading, math, science and technology. As a result, youth will develop personal accountability, independence and resilience leading to greater knowledge of career options and an increase in college enrollment.