Rayfield Wright

Dallas Cowboy Hall of Fame member Rayfield Wright giving the invocation at a recent Willow Park City Council meeting. The Rayfield Wright Celebrity Golf Tournament takes place Oct. 14.

The first ever Rayfield Wright Celebrity Golf Tournament will be kicking off on Oct. 14 at Squaw Creek Golf Course to benefit the Willow Park fire and police departments.

“A few months ago I received a phone call from the mayor of Willow Park [Doyle Moss]. He asked me if I was available to meet for lunch with a few other people and Dallas Cowboy Hall of Fame member Rayfield Wright. I agreed of course,” Chair of the event and East Parker County Chamber President/CEO Lisa Flowers said. “My friends Linda Moss, Allison Baker, Lisa Marie Graves, Lea Young, Rose Kertok, Martin Talley, Gordon Jones, Lynn Vaughn, Chief [Carrie] West and Chief [Mike] LeNoir were in the room. Mayor Moss told everyone that Mr. Wright wanted to have a celebrity golf tournament to help raise money for Willow Park fire and police departments. Mr. Wright said it has been on his heart for about five years to host a celebrity golf tournament at Squaw Creek Golf Course and asked for our help. Everyone agreed and the tournament is scheduled for Oct. 14.”

Wright played with the Dallas Cowboys for 13 seasons and earned first or second team all-NFL honors six consecutive times, and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl after each of those seasons. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2006.

Wright became a resident of Willow Park 15 years ago and Oct. 14, 2006, was officially declared “Rayfield Wright Day” in the city.

The tournament will feature celebrity golfers and the public can sign up for an opportunity to include one of those celebrities on their team. Committed as of Aug. 13 are Billy Joe Dupree, Bob Lilly, Chad Henning, Charles Haley, Cliff Harris, D.D. Lewis, Drew Pearson, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Everson Walls, Lincoln Coleman, L.P. Ladouceur, Mean Joe Green, Mel Renfro, Mike Finley, Rayfield Wright, Reggie Barnes, Rodrigo Barnes and Walt Garrison.

The event will also include lunch, dinner and a benefit auction featuring signed Hall of Fame footballs, a Drew Brees autographed ball, an autographed copy of Wright’s book, Dallas Mavericks tickets and signed jerseys.

All proceeds from the event will go to the WP fire and police departments.

“We are humbled at the graciousness and generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Wright. Their support of our agencies is truly amazing and we are blessed to have them as members of our community,” WP Police Chief Carrie West said.

Registration for the tournament will begin at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the dinner and auction at 6 p.m. at the golf course.

“As the city grows, so do the needs of our police and fire departments. A benefit tournament — with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to public safety — is a huge boost that will allow the two departments to purchase equipment that isn’t otherwise in the budget,” WP City Manager Bryan Grimes said. “This tournament also give Willow Park and Squaw Creek Golf Course a chance to shine and host visitors to our city. We are excited to welcome Rayfield Wright’s fellow Hall of Famers and the others who will be attending the tournament.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available and for more information, or to register, visit willowpark.org.

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