Jack Wagner

Jack Wagner Celebrity Golf Classic, Making Time for Charity, Heather Locklear
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By Lynda Hirsch
Apr 18, 2009

With his busy schedule on „Bold and Beautiful“ and dating Heather Locklear, does Jack Wagner still have time for his beloved golf? — Art, Modesto, Calif. A: You bet he does, especially with golf and his regular lounge appearances at Mohegan Sun Casino.

Jack Wagner Celebrity Golf Classic, Making Time for Charity, Heather Locklear

Wagner, who was named the No.1 celebrity golfer by Golf Digest, and winner of the 2006 American Century Tahoe Celebrity Golf Championship, approached the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to create a golf event in support of the society’s mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. In its first two years, the Jack Wagner Celebrity Golf Classic has raised more than $600,000 to fund critical cancer research and patient services. This year’s goal is to pass the $1,000,000 mark. Last year, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society awarded Wagner the esteemed Chairman’s Citation Award, which was presented to him by President and CEO of LLS, John Walter, in recognition of Wagner’s significant dedication and commitment to the Greater L.A. Chapter of LLS.

„I lost my father in 1990 to multiple myeloma and in 1999, my brother Dennis was diagnosed with leukemia,“ Wagner has said. „He has relapsed four separate times, during each of which he endured chemotherapy and the challenges that come along with recovery. In 2007, Dennis received a complete bone marrow transplant and is still fighting a daily battle against complications associated with this procedure. Let Dennis be an example to us all that our efforts truly make a difference. He is still with us today because of new lifesaving treatments, but we must still push for a cure.“

This year’s event will be held April 21 at the Valencia Country Club in Valencia, Calif. Celebrities who have played in previous tournaments include Kevin Frazier, Wayne Gretzky, Gregory Itzin, Bruce Jenner, Joe Pesci and Wagner’s girlfriend, Heather Locklear. The schedule of events includes breakfast, a shotgun start, golf tournament, a million-dollar shootout, a cocktail reception, silent auction, awards dinner and a live auction. The event is not open to the public. All proceeds will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Wagner currently stars on „B&B“ as Dominick „Nick“ Marone. His other credits include playing Frisco Jones on „General Hospital“ and Dr. Peter Burns on „Melrose Place.“ He had a hit record, „All I Need,“ in 1985 and recorded his most recent CD, „Dancing in the Moonlight,“ in 2005. In 2000, Wagner starred on Broadway in the title role of Jekyll and Hyde.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, LLS made 5.1 million contacts with patients, caregivers and health care professionals.

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