LAS VEGAS -- Fourteen years later, and Tiger Jam has yet to skip a beat! This past Saturday, Tiger Jam 2012 again rocked the Las Vegas strip, bringing host Tiger Woods and talents, including Jon Bon Jovi and Friends as well as American Idol winner David Cook, to the stage for an incredible performance. Held at the renowned Mandalay Bay Events Center, the sold-out concert and accompanying attractions raised approximately $1 million for programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Kicking off the weekend, VIP Tiger Jam guests were treated to a day of golf at Cascata Golf Club, which included a private exhibition with Woods followed by a round of golf. Next, guests went head-to-head for an exclusive night of poker, competing against some of the game's biggest names. Tiger's Poker Night, held Friday, April 27, featured such legends as Phil Hellmuth, Jr., who emceed the event and took second place; Ben Lamb, who finished fourth; and Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson, who won first place. Proceeds from the Texas Hold 'em-style charity poker tournament went directly to the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation, while the winner of the tournament received a foursome of golf with Tiger Woods. Following poker, VIP guests gathered at Moorea Beach Club for a performance from The Bravery.
On Saturday, headliners Jon Bon Jovi and Friends took the stage, delivering a rocking performance that included some of Jon's greatest hits, such as: "Livin' on a Prayer," "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Wanted Dead or Alive." Singer, songwriter and American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook opened the show.
Live and silent auctions preceded Saturday night's event. VIP guests mixed and mingled over cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres at the Tiger Jam reception. During the live auction, a Lindsey Vonn skiing weekend package -- that included a skiing lesson from the Olympian -- went for $20,000; a Maui Jim Fishing Excursion went for $10,000; a romantic getaway to Turtle Island, Fiji, raised $19,000; and the Ultimate Gastronomic Golf Getaway with Mario Batali in New York City went to the highest bidder for $10,000.
After the main concert event, guests returned to the House of Blues for the after-party hosted by MC Hammer.
About Tiger Jam and the Tiger Woods Foundation: Since its creation in 1998, Tiger Jam has raised more than $13 million for programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation through its sold-out performances and one-of-a-kind auction items. At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we believe every child deserves a shot at college. Designed to break through a culture of low expectations, our college-access programs reach underserved youth in all stages of academic life. For scholars in Grades 5-12, the Tiger Woods Learning Centers provide hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math coupled with college preparation workshops to create a unique environment focused on college and careers. The Earl Woods Scholarship Program is an unparalleled network providing admissions counseling, college scholarships, dedicated mentors, specialized internships and vital workshops. Receiving individualized support, our bright young scholars are succeeding at prestigious universities such as Georgetown, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Harvard.
About Jon Bon Jovi: Jon Bon Jovi is the Chairman of The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which establishes programs and partnerships that aim to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness "one Soul at a time." To date, Jon Bon Jovi and the Soul Foundation have provided affordable housing for hundreds of low-income individuals and families. In December 2010, President Obama appointed Jon Bon Jovi to the White House Council for Community Solutions. The Council's focus on at-risk youth is an issue with critical near-term and long-term consequences for our nation's health and economic strength.
Musically, Jon Bon Jovi has set the bar for nearly three decades as one of the world's most successful musicians. Globally, Jon's Grammy-winning band Bon Jovi hassold over 130 million albums, consistently delivered No. 1 albums and top-10 hits and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for upwards of 34 million fans.
About David Cook: After winning the Idol crown in Season 7, David Cook went on to sell over 1 million copies of his self-titled debut album and set out on a year-long nationwide tour in support of his multiple hit singles. Released on Nov. 18, 2008, David Cook entered the Billboard charts at No. 3 and the digital album charts at No. 1, marking the best debut from an American Idol winner since 2006. Collectively, the songs from David Cook have sold over 2 million tracks and ringtones combined. Cook's coronation single, "The Time of My Life," was certified platinum and is not only the biggest single debut but the highest-selling coronation single in the show's history. Cook's sophomore album, "This Loud Morning" was executive produced by Matt Serletic (Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul). "This Loud Morning" features tracks written and co-written by Cook along with many acclaimed songwriters, including David Hodges, Ryan Tedder, Kevin Griffin and Marti Frederiksen.
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