Victorino to host Charity Golf Classic in Honolulu

Philadelphia Phillies two-time NL All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award Winner Shane Victorino and BlackSand Capital Managing Partner BJ Kobayashi will co-host the 1st Annual Shane Victorino Foundation Charity Golf Classic on Monday, January 30, 2012. The event begins with the golf competition at the prestigious Waialae Country Club with staggered tee times from 11:30 a.m. until 1:54 p.m. A reception, auction and awards ceremony will immediately follow the golf event from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Kahala Hotel & Resort Waialae Ballroom. Due to limited space, the event is open only to participating corporate partners.

"I'm excited to host a Shane Victorino Foundation event in Honolulu," said Victorino. "The Hawaiian community has been so supportive of me over the years and I am grateful for the support and generosity they have shown to my Foundation, to provide programs and services for underserved children," he added.

Corporate teams of four will compete for the championship to win fabulous awards including authentic Shane Victorino autographed Phillies jerseys, commemorative autographed bats and autographed baseball gloves. Awards will be presented during the evening's post-golf dinner festivities. Sponsorships for the private event are $5,000 per corporate team.

"It is an honor for me to team with Shane to raise funds for his Foundation," said Kobayashi, a member of the Shane Victorino Foundation Board of Directors. "Shane's commitment to the Hawaiian community is tremendous and will help make a better future for keiki in our state," he concluded.

Auction items include autographed memorabilia from Albert Pujols, Roy Halladay, Troy Polamalu, Jimmy Rollins, a set visit to Hawaii Five-O, trip to Philadelphia with Phillies on-field pre-game passes and VIP Phillies game tickets, Tory Burch handbag and other fabulous one-of-a-kind items.

Sponsors for the event to date include: ACES, Bank of Hawaii, Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, HMSA, Hawaii Family Dental Centers, Hawaii Bio-Waste, Hawaii Pacific Health, BJ Kobayashi, Kobayashi Group, LLC, The MacNaughton Group, Mitsunaga & Associates, ProService Hawaii, R&D Technologies, R.M. Towill Corporation, RWY Construction and WCIT Architecture. In kind partners for the event include Hurley, Kahala Hotel & Resort, Major League Baseball, OfficeMax and the Philadelphia Phillies.

For more information on the event, please contact Lisa Young, Event Director at 310.722.1590 or via email at

Shane and Melissa Victorino founded the Shane Victorino Foundation (SVF) in 2010. The nonprofit is dedicated to promoting opportunities for underserved youth in Philadelphia and Hawaii as it engages in projects which provide children with educational, recreational and wellness programs. In Shane's native Hawaii, the Foundation has raised more than a half-of-a-million dollars for various charities, including the Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui and others. The organization's major endeavor in Philadelphia is the renovation of the recently re-opened Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club, in which the nonprofit pledged nearly $1 million to renovate the 105-year building. Additionally, the SVF currently sponsors the Flyin' Hawaiian All-Stars charity ticket program which provides children's groups with game tickets, t-shirts and concessions at a Phillies' home game. In the off-season, the Foundation hosts a number of events, including a holiday toy drive. For more information, visit us on the web:

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Known as "The Flyin' Hawaiian" for his intense style of play and lightning speed, Maui's-own Shane Victorino recently finished his eighth season with MLB's NLE Champion Philadelphia Phillies. In 2011, Shane enjoyed one of his finest seasons at the plate and in the outfield and was named the Phillies' MVP by the Philadelphia Baseball Sportswriters. He was also chosen by the fans in the "Final Vote" for the National League All-Star Roster. In 2010, Shane was personally recognized with his third consecutive Gold Glove, after the team advanced to the NLCS for the third season in a row. In 2009, the team advanced to their second consecutive World Series during a phenomenal year for Victorino as he earned an All-Star appearance, set new career-highs in nearly every statistical category and was awarded his second Gold Glove. Following the Phillies' 2008 World Series victory, Victorino was honored with his first Gold Glove for his outstanding defensive play.

Together with his wife Melissa, the civic-minded Victorino created the Shane Victorino Foundation in February 2010. Shane continues to receive numerous accolades and honors for his philanthropic work. Most recently, he was named the recipient of the 2011 Branch Rickey Award presented annually to honor the MLB player with outstanding humanitarian achievements. In addition, he was named by the U.S. Jaycees as one of 2011's Ten Outstanding Young Americans and was presented the Philadelphia Sportswriters Humanitarian Award.  In 2010, he received the Phillies Roberto Clemente Award, 2010 Phillies Charities Community Service Award and was named the prestigious Union League's Sportsman of the Year. In past years, he was presented with the 2009 Phi Delta Theta International Lou Gehrig Memorial Award given annually to the MLB player who best exemplifies the giving character of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig. In addition, he is a member of the Philadelphia Action Team, a national young volunteer initiative by the MLB Trust and Volunteers of America and is featured in a national ad campaign promoting volunteerism.

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