Local nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts hosted its 24th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic, and exceeded their fundraising goal by raising $198,000. The money raised through sponsor and attendee donations will help fund their medical program, which provides reconstructive surgery and related healthcare services for disadvantaged infants, children, and teens with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease.

cm_golf2“One hundred percent of donations from our 24th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic will go toward the costs of Surgery Weekends and Dental Clinics we hold throughout the year,” said Fresh Start Director of Development Christina Curtin. “The amount raised will go a long way in transforming the lives of infants, children, and teens with physical deformities.” Celebrities and professional athletes in attendance included Alfonso Ribeiro, Host of America’s Funniest Videos and also known as Season 19 Winner of Dancing with the Stars, and former NFL running back and Hall of Famer Marcus Allen.

The golf tournament kicked off on Sunday with a dinner party. On Monday, each participating foursome was paired with a Hollywood celebrity or professional athlete for a day of golf. For more information visit www.freshstart.org.