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Golfers swing ‘fore’ smiles at annual tournament

RANCHO SANTA FE — Athletes, actors and area residents swung “fore” smiles at the 19th annual Fresh Start for Kids Celebrity Golf Classic on March 14 at Morgan Run Club & Resort.
The two-day event was again hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and Grant Show of “Melrose Place” fame. It began the night before with cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions and entertainment by Dat Phan, the first winner of “Last Comic Standing.”
About 160 golfers played in the tournament, which featured food and beverages along the course and contests that included prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive. The event raised approximately $150,000, about $15,000 more than last year.
Founded in 1991, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts provides free reconstructive surgery and comprehensive medical services to children and young adults who suffer from physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease.
The Carlsbad-based nonprofit organization offers multidisciplinary care and continuous follow-up. While some surgeries are fairly simple, others are extremely complex and require numerous surgeries and medical treatments over the course of many years.
More than 600 local volunteers provide all donated services that include surgeries, laser treatments, speech sessions, consultations and evaluations.
Fresh Start’s next fundraiser is a Cinco de Mayo half marathon May 1 at the Irvine Spectrum. The organization is forming a team to participate in a half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1K for children or 50K bike tour for cyclists.
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