For many years, the Greg Maddux Foundation has worked hard, and quietly raised funds and awareness for several worthy Las Vegas charities. Maddux and his wife, Kathy, live in Las Vegas and are dedicated to helping local organizations (Pictured above: Co-host Butch Harmon (left) with Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers and fellow co-host Greg Maddux).
And since 2001, they have teamed up with fellow Las Vegas resident Butch Harmon to hold the Maddux/Harmon Celebrity Invitational that brings world class athletes and entertainers to Las Vegas. The benefit has now raised well more than $1 million.
“This is what it’s all about for me,” says Maddux, who grew up in Las Vegas and attended Valley High School. “This is our home and we are thrilled to have an event that can continue to support local charities and our community.” The benefactors in 2010 are the Boys and Girls Clubs, Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer, and Child Haven.
The Maddux/Harmon Celebrity Invitational was played at Spanish Trail Golf and Country Club, and a special evening event was held at The Venetian. The event took place October 23-25, 2010. Celebrities and athletes who participated included Nick Watney, Rollie Fingers, Albert Pujols, Jim McMahon, Reggie Jackson, Willie Gault and many others.
In his 23 year career, Maddux racked up 355 wins, with a 3.16 era, 3371 strikeouts, 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards, a MLB record 18 Gold Glove Awards (13 consecutive), 8 All-Star appearances, a World Series Championship and in 2003 surpassed all-time great Cy Young as the only pitcher in Major League Baseball history to ever win at least 15 games for 16 consecutive seasons. In 2004, he extended that record to 17 consecutive seasons.
On August 7, 2004 in a game against the San Francisco Giants, Greg won his 300th career victory to become one of only 23 Major League Baseball pitchers to ever win 300 games in a career, a rarity in modern day baseball.
Harmon has been in the golf arena for over 45 years. In Butch’s earlier years, he was an accomplished player on the PGA Tour. In 1971, he won on the PGA Tour at the B.C. Open. Following his Tour days he pursued his true passion, teaching. Through the years, Butch has developed the greatest recipe for golf instruction and has dominated his field year after year. Currently, Butch is the #1 Golf Instructor in the World and is the President of the Butch Harmon School of Golf in Henderson, Nevada. Among the tour players that Harmon works with are Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson, Natalie Gulbis and Dustin Johnson.
For more information about the event and the Maddux Foundation, you can visit http://www.eventiausa.com/lvci/index.asp.