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James Worthy To Speak At Steven’s Hope Banquet

The 2013 Steven’s Hope for Children Drives To Save Lives Golf Classic will be held at the beautiful Red Hill Country Club on Monday, May 20.  The event was moved this year to the Rancho Cucamonga golf course.

This year, former Los Angeles Laker and NBA Hall Of Fame Member, James Worthy will be the featured guest speaker at the auction and banquet following the tournament. Known as “Big Game” James will be sharing stories of his time sharing the hardword with other Laker stars on their way to winning NBA Championships.   Entry to the banquet is included with the fee to play in the golf tournament.  Individual tickets to the banquet are available on a very limited basis for $75 each.

However, Mr. Worthy won’t be the only celebrity attending the day’s festivities. Several NFL and MLB stars are scheduled to attend the tournament and will be playing with selected sponsors. Some celebrities may be available to play with foursomes as a “fifth” by upgrading to “Celebrity” status with the payment of an additional $1000 to Steven’s Hope.  The tournament is expected to sell out again this year.

AMPM returns again as the Presenting Sponsor for the golf classic. Sponsorships vary in benefit and price.  Remaining sponsorships include an Event Sponsor which includes golf for 8, two celebrities to play with, signage, and more for $5,000.  Dinner, Cart, Grand Prize sponsors are $3,000 and include one foursome, signage, a celebrity and much more. Additional sponsorships range from $100 to $2500.  Individual players are $250 each and a foursome is $1,000.

The banquet and auction will take place in the main dining room of Red Hill Country Club.  Prizes that will be auctioned off  include a suite for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, dinner for 8 with James Worthy, and golf for four at Spyglass and Pebble Beach Golf Courses.  Business are encouraged to contact Steven’s Hope to discuss any in-kind donations that could be made for the auction.

The golf tournament began eleven years ago as the first event hosted by Steven’s Hope to raise funds and awareness for the Upland based charity. Steven’s Hope was started by Tony & Sandy Cappelli after the death of their son, Steven.  Since then, the tournament has grown in popularity and was renamed to the Drives To Save Lives Golf Classic.

Registration will open at 8:30 and following the ceremonial balloon release the shotgun start will begin at 10:30 with the banquet following at 4:00PM.

Hall of Famers To Help House Families

UPLAND, CA, 2/13/2012 – Former LA Dodger and Major League Baseball Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda leads a growing list of athletes coming to the inland empire for a charity golf tournament to provide housing for seriously ill children. The sports celebrities include NFL greats Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk and Christian Okoye.

“Tommy helps to bring a new level of quality to the tenth annual event for Steven’s Hope” says Tournament Co-Chair Cathy Allan. Lasorda will be the featured speaker at banquet and auction for The Drives To Save Lives Golf Classic benefitting Steven’s Hope for Children. The one day event will be at Sierra La Verne Country Club on Monday, May 14.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Tommy Lasorda became an icon of Los Angeles Dodger Baseball and one of the most successful managers in baseball history. The enthusiastic manager who “bleeds Dodger blue” guided his team to seven division titles and two World Championships in 21 seasons as manager. After his retirement from the field, he became a Dodgers executive, and his association with the club has spanned seven decades. He has won numerous “Manager of the Year” awards and let the United States to its first-ever gold medal in baseball at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was elected to the MLB Hall of Fame in 1997.

Eric Dickerson played for four NFL teams (Los Angeles Rams ‘83-‘87, Indianapolis Colts ‘87-‘92, Los Angeles Raiders ‘92-‘93 and Atlanta Falcons ’93) gaining a total of 13,259 yards rushing rank him seventh on the all-time rushing list and 13th on the all-time touchdown list with 96. He appeared in six Pro Bowls and was inducted in to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1999.

Marshall Faulk is a 7-time Pro Bowler & 3-time First-Team All-Pro who played for Indianapolis Colts ’94-’98 and the St. Louis Rams from ‘98 to 2005. His 100 Rushing Touchdowns puts him 7th all time, and he ranks 10th all time in Rushing Yards with 12,279. He was inducted into the NFL Hall Of Fame in 2011.

Christian Okoye played with the Kansas City Chiefs as a fullback from 1987 to 1992. He gained 4,987 yards in 6 seasons and was a 2-time Pro Bowler & 1-time First-Team All-Pro.

Proceeds of the event are going to help fund the apartments Steven’s Hope for Children uses to house families of children needing transplant surgeries or treatments for cancers or tumors.

“These athletes have big hearts for kids. Once the word got out about what we were trying to do they wanted to help,” says Allen. She knows a thing or to about putting on these types of tournaments from her experience as Tournament Chair for the Eric Dickerson Challenge and the Mark Christopher Charity Golf Classic.

“Event sponsors will have the opportunity to have one of the stars join their foursome and make it a five some,” according to Tournament Co-Chair Cathy Allen. “It’s a great way to spend four or five hours with one of these stars.”

“Families from around the country get referred to us by case workers at treatment centers like Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital,” says Steven’s Hope for Children Co-founder and President Tony Cappelli. “These families need to have a temporary home away for home where they can be a family while their child gets help. A successful event will help us to keep our apartments open. That means we save lives.”

Steven’s Hope for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Upland, CA. The organization was started by Tony & Sandy Cappelli in 2002 after their son Steven had died 32 hours after his birth due to a heart condition. Since then, Steven’s Hope has helped hundreds of families and thousands of kids by providing temporary housing, clothing, food and transportation expenses and much more.

Sponsorships are now being accepted for the event ranging from the Title Sponsor which includes two foursomes with dinners with Lasorda at the banquet for $10,000 to Hole Sponsors with a four golfers and dinners for $1,100 to Prize Sponsors for $100 and above.


About Steven’s Hope for Children

Steven’s Hope for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Upland, CA. It was started by Tony and Sandy Cappelli after their son, Steven, died from heart complications only 32 hours after birth. Through their loss, Tony and Sandy felt compelled to help families with seriously ill or injured children. Each year they help hundreds of families through their programs by providing temporary housing, food, emotional support, clothing and other necessities to needy families.

For more information about Steven’s Hope for Children, call 866-3-STEVEN or visit the website at

Steven’s Hope for Children is located at 1014 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite B, Upland, CA


Press Release Contacts:

Tony Cappelli, Executive Director Steven’s Hope for Children,(909) 373-0678

Cathy Allan, Drive to Save Lives Tournament Co-Chair, (909) 641-1349