Fallen firefighters to benefit when celebrities converge on Northwest for 2004 Richard Karn Invitational

GIG HARBOR, July 21, 2004 — Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, Dennis Haysbert of FOX TV’s “24”, Seattle Seahawks GM Bob Ferguson and Bachelorette Star and Firefighter Ryan Sutter head an impressive list of celebrities scheduled to join TV Personality Richard Karn (Family Feud and Home Improvement) for a major golf event, dinner and auction to benefit Firefighters National Trust, July 24-26 in Seattle.

The 2004 Invitational, hosted by Mr. Karn, begins its 13th consecutive year in the Pacific Northwest. In its history, the Invitational has raised nearly $2 million for worthy charities and has attracted such notables as Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and Vince Gill.

This year’s event will build upon that tradition by gathering distinguished figures from across the political, entertainment and sports landscapes to raise essential funds for Firefighters National Trust, a Gig Harbor, Washington-based national charity that supports the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty.

A whirlwind three-day celebration is on tap starting on Saturday, July 24 when top business leaders and celebrities gather at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle for a dinner and live/silent auction. The high-profile auctions will include VIP Sports Trips, Behind-The-Scenes Hollywood Opportunities, major vacations and signed memorabilia. Sunday, July 25 is reserved for high-level sponsors to hobnob with tournament celebrities.

Then on Monday, July 26, the Canterwood Golf Club will be the scene of a Celebrity Shootout and Golf Tournament followed by dinner and an awards program. Additional confirmed Celebrity Shootout participants include the Seahawks’ Marcus Trufant, former Seahawk Sam Adkins, the Oakland Raiders’ Marques Tuiasosopo and Entertainment Tonight Host Bob Goen.

Invitational sponsors include the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (a non-profit public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries and cellphones, represented by spokesperson, Richard Karn), American Airlines, Tribune Company, Sterling Savings Bank, and Washington Mutual, among others.

For more information on sponsorships, please contact Dale Eldredge at 253-851-8932. For more information on Firefighters National Trust please call 253-853-3430 or visit our website at www.firedonations.org.


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