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American Century Championship, Vessel team up for charity; autographed golf bag auctions to benefit Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Justin Timberlake gestures to the crowd during the first round of the 2015 American Century Championship. His golf bag and those of the other tournament participants will be auctioned for charity due to a partnership between the ACC and Vessel.
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STATELINE — For the third straight year, Vessel and the American Century Championship are teaming up to raise money for charity. Golf bags autographed by participants competing in the 27th annual celebrity golf tournament July 19-24 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course will be auctioned online, with proceeds benefiting the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Vessel has made customized event-branded golf bags for each celebrity in the field. In addition to their name being sewn onto the bags, competitors will personally autograph them — adding to the value and authenticity. All bags are available for bidding online or via text message starting Monday, July 11, through Sunday, July 24, at 3 p.m. — the day of the tournament’s final round.

Funds raised from the autographed bags will go to Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a world-class biomedical research organization that is the official national charity beneficiary of the 2016 tournament. The Stowers Institute is dedicated to improving human health by studying the fundamental processes of life.

The Institute is the controlling owner of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments totaling over $1.2 billion since 2000. The ACC auction has raised nearly $100,000 over the past two years, including $47,732 last year and $48,080 in 2014.

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Among the prominent celebrities whose autographed bags will be available are singer and actor Justin Timberlake, NBA Hall of Famer and television personality Charles Barkley, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, comedian Larry the Cable Guy and a number of Hall of Fame football, baseball and basketball stars. The full list of participants is online at americancenturychampionship.com/category/celebrities.

Interested bidders can visit golfbag.gesture.com or text “GOLFBAG” to 52182 to place a bid. Bidding for each bag will begin at $200, and a bidder will be notified if they have been outbid.

Televised coverage of the tournament will air live on NBC and NBC Sports Network. First round Friday coverage airs live on NBCSN from 3-5 p.m. PST. Second round Saturday and final round Sunday coverage is live on NBC from noon to 3 p.m. The auction will be promoted during the telecasts to enhance fundraising efforts.

Tournament competition begins Friday, July 22, and continues through Sunday, July 24. Contested under a Modified Stableford format, the ACC features $600,000 in prize money — including the $125,000 first prize. Over the years, the tournament has raised over $4.5 million for national and regional charities.

For ticket information, the latest details, photos, celebrity tweets, and fan contests visit @ACChampionship on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/LTCelebrityGolf. For tournament information, visit http://www.americancenturychampionship.com.


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