It has been called a “once in a life opportunity” by Bill Tirone, director of sales and marketing for Hiltons of Branson, the company that handles the management of the new Payne Stewart Golf Club in Branson. According to Tirone, the opportunity is referring to a special package that includes the chance to play an 18 hole round of golf with Andy Williams for a $12,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks.
This special package includes more than just a round of golf. In addition to the round of golf with Williams the package also includes limousine service, two tickets to the Andy Williams Show, dinner at the Andy Williams Moon River Grill and two nights in the Presidential Suite on the top floor of the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel.
Information publicizing the fundraising effort quotes Williams as saying, “I’ve always supported the Boys and Girls Club, as long as I can remember.” “I think it’s one charity that you can actually see the good that comes from supporting the club, and its effect on young people. I’ve been involved in the Boys and Girls Club in Coachella Valley, Calif., for a long time also, and I support the Boys and Girls Club nationally as well.”
Tirone came up with the fund raising idea for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Ozarks and Williams, who is an avid golfer, agreed. Tirone said there is only one package with Williams unless he agrees to do additional packages. He explained that all requests for the package will be processed through him because of the coordination necessary to ensure that Williams and the presidential suite will be available on the desired dates. When asked what happens if more than one person offers to donate, Tirone indicated they will be handled in order of receipt and ability to coordinate with Williams schedule.
Tirone said that a similar package is also available with Paul Revere for a similar $12,000 donation. Paul Revere & the Raiders are currently appearing with the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre through October 24. For information or donations regarding the packages with either Andy Williams or Paul Revere, Tirone should be contacted at 417-243-3410
Paul Miller, General Manager of the Branson Tourism Center said that Williams is known locally for his generosity and efforts to help the local community and its charities. He reminds people that Williams will be performing in Branson for the first time this year with his “Variety Show” in the Moon River Theatre during the entire month of September. He will be performing the famous “Andy Williams Christmas Show” from November 1 through December 7. “To ensure availability,” Miller suggests making advance reservations as far in advance as possible.