annual fundraising event,
Links To Life Celebrity Golf Classic,
consists of match golf play, dinner, and both a silent and live auction.
After suffering a major heart attack while playing golf in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2001, Lord Piers Wedgwood, international ambassador for Wedgwood China and Waterford Crystal, and member of the British House of Lords, was inspired to give back to the community. Following his recovery, Lord Wedgwood formed the Lord Wedgwood Charity with Birmingham-based business leaders to help place Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in high schools and community gathering places.
Lord Wedgwood and long-time friend and business partner, Frank Bromberg, III, along with Floyd Larkin and Robbie Robertson, created the Lord Wedgwood Links to Life Celebrity Golf Classic to raise funds. Since its establishment, the Lord Wedgwood Charity has placed 180 AEDs in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana Pennsylvania and Texas. The charity is proud that at least five lives have been saved due to its donations and the awareness it has raised.
The charity has hosted many celebrities at the annual golf tournament, auction and dinner, including Jay Barker and coaches Pat Sullivan, Bobby Bowden, Steve Spurrier, Tommy Tuberville, Archie Manning, Terry Bowden, Jerry Pate, Ron Franklin, Rick Neuheisel, Dennis Franchione, Mark Gottfried, Cliff Ellis, Watson Brown, Mike Kolen, Johnny Musso, Lee Roy Jordan, Mal Moore, Wimp Sanderson, and Winston Groom.
Title sponsors have included Waterford-Wedgwood, Bromberg's, Inc., Stop Heart Attack, Buffalo Rock, and Medtronic LIFEPAK®.
Businesses such as Alabama Power, Birmingham Budweiser, Merrill Lynch, Lanny Vines Foundation, Ready Mix USA, Seale Harris Clinic P.C., National Cement, Southern Progress, Birmingham News and Post Herald, Amsouth Bank, Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Alabama, TeleSouth Communications, Inc., and UAB Hospital have sponsored teams.
For additional information about Cardiac Science AEDs or the Lord Wedgwood Charity, contact Betty Larkin.
Contact Brooke West for information about the annual Lord Wedgwood Links to Life Celebrity Golf Classic.