Duffer–n. A casual or mediocre player of golf. That pretty much sums up many, but certainly not all the participants who came out swingin’ this past Monday in Mission Viejo for a great cause. Music industry vets Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour, Country Throwdown, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival) and John Reese (Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Identity, SGE) for the 3rd consecutive year, gathered with their industry and celebrity friends for “Duffing For Dollars,” a fun-filled day of golf and a night of cocktails, awards and auctions. Hosted by Joe Sib of “Complete Control Radio” (98.7 FM, Los Angeles), the event raised $50,000 for the “Unite The United” and “MusiCares” charities and once again, took place at the beautiful Mission Viejo Country Club.
With a sold-out crowd of 128 participants during the day/night at the January 30, 2012 event, Sterling Ball and his Ernie Ball team was the winning golf team with a score of 16 under par, while the Access Pass & Design team did a better job partying than golfing to take home the “Worst Team” trophy and Avenged Sevenfold’s Zacky Vengeance garnered the highly-coveted “Best Dressed” trophy. Some of the event highlights were the Jägermeister, Azunia Tequila, BrockCom and Stage-Tech party holes, Chris “Stretch” Thode also from Team Ernie Ball came within six inches of sinking a hole-in-one at the $20,000 cash prize hole, Sterling Ball and his “Big Poppa Smokers” award-winning BBQ crew donating a BBQ feast for the winner and a 100 friends to the evenings live auction. Jay Bentley of Bad Religion coming out to support the cause for the 3rd year in a row. Plus, the incredible one-of-a-kind South Park trophies, including Mr. Hankey, commissioned by Vans and created by artist Frank Stanley.
When everyone pulls together for a great cause equaled with a lot of fun like they did at 2012’s Duffing for Dollars amazing things can happen, like $50,000 raised for MusiCares which is PRICELESS!” states Kevin Lyman.
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. www.musicares.com