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"It's gonna be something that Oklahoma City can be really proud of when we're done with it," Toby says of the center, which will provide a home environment for pediatric cancer patients and their families while treatment takes place at Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center.
"Over the past few years, all these state-of-the-art cancer facilities have been coming to Oklahoma City," explains Juliet Nees-Bright, director of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority. "More kids are coming for treatment than ever before. We realized we needed to create a place, one that specializes in helping kids. They have special needs -- they have immune systems that are very weak."
The singer-songwriter will raise money for the estimated $8.5 million project by hosting a celebrity auction, with several of his celebrity friends donating valuable items. Included in the auction are a trip to Africa and a Dallas Cowboys VIP package, as well as memorabilia from Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Coldplay, Tim McGraw, Cal Ripken, Jr., Elvis Presley, Derek Jeter and the Rolling Stones.
The golf classic will be held Saturday, May 19, and will also include a Built Ford Truck Shoot-out, with the winner driving off in a brand-new truck.
Last year's event raised $650,000, which organizers expect will increase with this year's wide range of auction items. All proceeds go towards the Toby Keith Foundation, to help build the OK Kids Korral.
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