May 26, 2012
Atlantis, Paradise Island To Host Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament May 25-27, 2012
Kenny Chesney To Perform LIVE Benefit Concert
PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS (February 29, 2012) – Atlantis, Paradise Island, will play host to the 11th Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament (MD&F), May 25-27, 2012 at the 18-hole, par 72 championship Ocean Club Golf Course.
Co-hosting the tournament with Michael Douglas will be Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman, on behalf of PLAN!T NOW (P!N), the disaster preparedness non-profit which has granted over $100,000 in scholarships to students impacted by severe weather events. Proceeds from the televised golf tournament featuring four teams of celebrity golfers will equally benefit P!N and The Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), the leading Hollywood charity providing health, financial and social services to the entertainment community. Kenny Chesney, longtime PLAN!T NOW advocate, will contribute to the fundraising efforts with a LIVE Benefit concert on Saturday, May 26 at Atlantis. This special intimate performance will be before Chesney kicks off his summer tour in June 2012. Since its inception, MD&F has raised over ten million dollars for MPTF.
“I am pleased to have my good friend Morgan co-hosting this year’s golf tournament,” says Michael Douglas. “We are looking forward to bringing our friends and colleagues to Atlantis, a resort where my family and I have enjoyed many great times. I am grateful to Atlantis for their hospitality and support of an event that is very important to me. We look forward to raising significant funds for MPTF and P!N.”
The MD&F Tournament will unfold on the resort’s Tom Weiskopf designed 18-hole championship course – Ocean Club Golf Course – a picturesque 72-par layout featuring breathtaking views from signature holes and seaside greens and tees stretched over 7,100 yards of coastline.
“We are excited to host Michael Douglas & Friends to benefit MPTF and P!N this coming Memorial Day weekend,” says George Markantonis, President and Managing Director, Kerzner International Bahamas. “We expect a significant impact for the tournament’s first year at Atlantis by having the event co-hosted by Morgan Freeman as well as a special performance by country star Kenny Chesney. We know our amazing property and spectacular golf course will make a perfect home for this wonderful event.”
About Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, The Bahamas
Atlantis, Paradise Island is the flagship resort of Kerzner International, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels. This unique, ocean-themed destination is located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. Atlantis is home to Aquaventure, a non-stop water experience consisting of thrilling water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before-seen special effects. Dolphin Cay, the resort’s interaction and education center, was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants. The Cove Atlantis, a 600-room resort, features oversized rooms with a step down living space, spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects Jeffrey Beers and David Rockwell, unprecedented services and amenities, private all-adult and family pools, lavish cabanas and breathtaking views of the ocean. Atlantis is also known as THE culinary destination in The Caribbean with a collection of restaurants from world-renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay. The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops, and the largest casino, conference center, meeting and convention facilities in The Caribbean.
For further information about Atlantis, Paradise Island; telephone 954-809-2000, or visit Atlantis.com. For reservations, call your travel agent or 800-ATLANTIS.
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About the Motion Picture & Television Fund
For 90 years, the MPTF has served as a beacon of hope for entertainment industry members in their time of need. As a charitable organization, the MPTF provides financial assistance and services essential to the wellbeing of the community and is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for seniors and those who care for them. The charity is supported by the generosity of corporate donors and fellow entertainment industry members who contribute their time and money knowing if they were ever in a tight spot, the MPTF would be there for them too. For more information, visit www.mptvfund.org.
About PLAN!T NOW
PLAN!T NOW (P!N) is an international disaster preparedness non-profit co-founded by Morgan Freeman in 2004 after a hurricane devastated the island nation of Grenada. Today, P!N’s cutting-edge program portfolio includes scholarships and public awareness campaigns that help individuals and communities in the United States and Caribbean prepare for natural and human-made disasters. P!N’s hallmark public education initiative, The Young Meteorologist Program (youngmeteorologist.org), uses a free online computer game to educate children in grades K-8 about severe-weather science and safety. The project is carried out in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Weather Service (NWS), the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the National Education Association (NEA). Learn more at planitnow.org.
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