Celebrities, athletes team for golf event Nov. 12-13 to help kids cope with loss

The Moyer Foundation hosts its eighth annual Celebrity Golf Classic, to be held for the first time in San Diego, on Nov. 12-13 to help children affected by loss and family addiction, including those from military families.

Major League Baseball All-Stars Jamie Moyer, Trevor Hoffman, David Wells, Mike Sweeney, Bret Saberhagen, Jermaine Dye, and many more will join golfers for a noon shotgun Nov. 13 on the South Course at Torrey Pines, with each registered foursome accompanied by a celebrity golfer for the round.

Rock singer-songwriter David Cook, season seven winner of “American Idol,” will be playing for personal reasons. “Having gone through our own experience of losing a loved one,” said Cook, whose brother died in 2009 after a decade-long battle with brain cancer, “it’s important to me and my family that children who are hurting have access to vital support programs like The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin.”

Atlantic Records recording artist Christina Perri will kick things off at a dinner gala and auction from 5:30-11 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. “When I was given the opportunity to be a part of this event, I accepted immediately,” said Perri. “I’m honored to support the important work of The Moyer Foundation.”

Proceeds from the Celebrity Golf Classic will support The Moyer Foundation’s two signature programs. Camp Erin is for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them, and Camp Mariposa is a first-of-its-kind initiative for children 9-12 affected by addiction in their families.

Both camps are free and combine traditional camp activities with expert counseling that helps children understand and express their feelings, and learn to cope with what they are going through.

Camp Erin San Diego is held annually through a partnership with The Elizabeth Hospice. Camp Mariposa is offered six times yearly in partnership with San Diego Youth Services. The Moyer Foundation has 10 camp locations hosting 21 sessions annually in California — more than any other state. Camp Erin and Camp Mariposa have reached more than 2,600 California children since the foundation’s inception, including many from military families.

“We love that this tournament is so much fun for everyone involved, and that it helps our foundation provide comfort, hope and healing more children out there who are truly in need,” said former World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer, who lives in San Diego with his wife, Karen and family.

For more about the Celebrity Golf Classic or to register a foursome, visit, or contact Wendy Belzer Litzke at or 267-687-7724.