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‘Blind Side’ star returns to host celebrity golf tourney, parties
by Savannah Borders
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August 13, 2014 01:15 PM | 1300 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Quinton Aaron, who made Atlanta his home for the filming of the 2009 movie “The Blind Side,” will return this weekend for the inaugural Quinton Aaron Celebrity Golf Tournament at Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead.

The weekend event will feature a celebrity-studded tournament, a pre-event pairings party and a 30th birthday party for Aaron, and all proceeds will go to the Quinton Aaron Foundation.

The Tampa, Fla.-based foundation is an organization that combats bullying and childhood obesity. Aaron, a Tampa resident, started the charity based on his own experience of being bullied as a child. The foundation was started in October 2009 and is run by Aaron and David Tyler.

“There’s a lot of different things were going to do with this foundation. We’re trying to reach everyone from all different walks of life,” Aaron said. “Golfing is just one of many events that we plan on doing.”

This is the first golf tournament the foundation will host, according to Tyler. The foundation has organized many events over the years, including appearances at schools, churches and anti-bullying groups.

The tournament will be held Friday beginning at 8:30 am. The cost is $1,000 per team, and $2,500 per team with a celebrity. Tyler said eight or nine celebrities will be at both the pairings party and golf tournament, including Danny Glover, Jae Head, Chris and Kyle Massey and Lucky Johnson. Golf teams can register at the foundation’s website, www.quintonaaron.org.

The foundation picked the Bobby Jones course because of the connections Aaron made during filming of “The Blind Side,” where Aaron played high school football player Michael Oher, who went on to play for Ole Miss and the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.

“Atlanta is an amazing city. … Quinton has a few friends that golf at Bobby Jones,” said Tyler.

Aaron’s said many of his friends may be present as he celebrates his 30th birthday the night of the event.

“I would love for people to come out, spend some time, and get to see me and the other celebrities,” said Aaron. “Let’s all come together for a great cause, be one, be united.”

If you go:

o What: inaugural Quinton Aaron Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament, celebrity pairings party and Quinton Aaron’s 30th birthday party

o Where: tournament and parings party at Bobby Jones Golf Course, 384 Woodward Way, Buckhead; birthday party at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, downtown Atlanta

o When: celebrity pairings party Thursday from 7 to 9:30 p.m.; golf tournament Friday at 8:30 a.m.; celebrity pairings party Thursday from 7 to 9:30 p.m.; birthday party Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.

o Cost: golf tournament — $1,000 per team and $2,500 per team with celebrity; $50 each for the pairings party and the birthday party

o Information: www.quintonaaron.org
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