Jeffrey Osborne Classic raises more than $200k for charities

Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic 2016 golfers
The Fifth Annual Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Golf Tournament was held on August 9, 2016 at Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, RI. (Photo: WPRI 12 / Lee Dooley)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The 2016 edition of the golfing, softball and auction events helmed by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and Rhode Island native Jeffrey Osborne has raised more than $200,000 for local non-profits, the organization announced Monday.

The friendly softball game, golf tournament and auction back on August 8th and 9th were the fifth annual outing for Osborne, who once again this year was joined by Earvin “Magic” Johnson, pitching for the “West” team of the softball game.

The golfing event, held at the Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, alone raised more than $100,000.

2016 was the fifth year of the fundraiser, which benefits programs for music and arts in public schools and services for families and children in need. Recipients this year include Amos House, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence, the Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the MET School in Providence, Button Hole, and St. Mary’s Home for Children.

Besides “Magic” Johnson, also joining in the event were such names as legendary R&B singer Smokey Robinson, former NBA star “Dr. J” Julius Erving, former NFL star Ahmad Rashad, and singer Tiny Tavares, as well as WPRI 12 news anchor Patrick Little and co-host of “The Rhode Show” Michaela Johnson. WPRI 12 and Fox Providence are proud sponsors of the annual event.

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