Portland, OR. The Maurice Lucas Foundation held its 16th annual Celebrity Golf Invitational tournament at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha on July 25th. Pam and David Lucas address the crowd at Invitational tournament. David is the son of the late Trail Blazer and NBA all-star, and Pam is his widow. They started the foundation to honor Maurice’s legacy of serving the needs of local children. David serves as the executive director of the foundation and Pam serves on its board. The event raised almost $100,000 to support the academic and athletic programs, sports camps and post-secondary education scholarships the foundation provides to underserved middle school students in the Portland area. (Photo credit, Kris Cavin)
The field of 150 golfers included many celebrities and former members of the 1977 champion Trail Blazers, including Bill Schonely, Larry Steel, Bobby Gross, Lloyd Neil, Cliff Robinson, Ehren “Danger” McGhehey, Greg Smith, Tom Gorman, Mike Walters, Antonio Harvey, Ken Boddie, Martell Webster, Michael Allen Harrison, Scott Haskins, Charlie Sitton, Steve Johnson, John McCullough and Dale Osbourne.
The winning team from Mass Mutual included Kasey Closs, Jason Daily, Justin Smithhiesler and Robbie Ziegler. They will receive a free trip to Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina and compete in the Mercedes Benz national golf tournament in October.
The golf tournament is one of the nonprofit foundation’s major sources of funds. The tournament continues a tradition started decades ago by the late Maurice Lucas, the leading scorer on the 1977 NBA championship Trail Blazers team. The foundation’s other major fundraiser, its ninth annual Celebration Dinner and After Party, will take place Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Portland Hilton. Go to ML20.org for tickets and more information.