The Flight 93 Memorial Celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Louie Lipps will be held Sept. 10 at the Somerset Country Club.
Registration for this year's tournament begins at 10 a.m. at the club with a shotgun start at noon. The event includes lunch, refreshments, a reception and concludes with a barbecue dinner and awards ceremony.
Former Pirates pitcher Kent Tekulve, who played an integral part of the team's 1979 World Series championship, leads the list of former athletes who will be taking part in the golf tournament. Tekulve will be joined by four-time Super Bowl winning Steelers tight end Randy Grossman and former Penguins star Pierre Larouche.
Other celebrities who have confirmed their participation include former Steelers Robin Cole, Steve Fedell, Marv Kellum and former NBA shooting guard Myron Brown.
Ron Aldom, director of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce — which sponsors the event with the Somerset Country Club — said the first year the golf outing raised $11,000 for the Flight 93 National Memorial. Because of matching funds, they actually turned over $22,000.
"The players are all donating their time, which is fantastic," he said. "My compliments to them. They get paid for professional appearances, but are donating their time because they feel the memorial is something they want to be part of. We're pretty excited about it."
In addition to the golf outing, the club will host the Louie Lipps' Tailgate Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9. Former Pittsburgh linebacker Andy Russell is expected to attend the party. There is a fee to attend.
"The really good thing about the timing is that is the night of the Steelers' opener against Denver, so people will be able to go to a tailgate party then watch the game with former players," he said. "RSVPs are still coming in. Some players can't commit far ahead of time and others can only come for the party. Patrick White (president of the Families of Flight 93) is also helping a lot with this."
The fee per threesome includes admission to the Lipps party. Spectator passes are available. All proceeds benefit the Flight 93 Memorial Fund.
Willie Aldom, Ron Aldom's brother, is manager of the country club.
"This is a great thing for the community, I'm glad the country club participates," he said. "The membership is great here. A two-day event is not easy, but we are looking forward to it."
For additional information, or to register a team, contact the chamber at 814-445-6431 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the club at 814-445-5200.