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Faces and Places: Friend of The First Tee

Rucker's a hit with PGA Tour

Country music performer and avid golfer Darius Rucker hands a check to PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem representing the money Rucker’s song, “Together, Anything’s Possible,” has raised for tour charities. Rucker’s song generated $63,886.22 from iTunes downloads in 2011. Funds will be used to support charities such as The First Tee.

ESPN upfront in New York

Broadcaster Trey Wingo (left) and Sean Bratches, executive vice president of sales and marketing, were among those onstage for the ESPN upfront presentation on May 15 at Best Buy Theater in New York City.

Class in session with Dolich

Alan Ledford, Pat Gallagher and Brett Fuller took part in a panel discussion on facilities during Andy Dolich’s Current Business Issues in Sports class at Stanford University on May 8. From left: Ledford, former president and CEO of the Sacramento River Cats and now owner of four minor league baseball teams; Gallagher, former executive of the San Francisco Giants; Dolich, adjunct faculty member at Stanford and longtime professional sports executive; and Fuller, director of business development for AECOM.

Announcing college football inductees

Steve Bartkowski (left) and Jimmy Johnson (second from left) join National Football Foundation President and CEO Steve Hatchell (second from right) and Burke Magnus, ESPN SVP for college sports programming, at the announcement of the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame class. Former Cal quarterback Bartkowski and former Miami and Oklahoma State coach Johnson represented the class of 14 players and three coaches at the event May 15 at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City.

TWC media upfront in Los Angeles

At the Time Warner Cable Media “Cabletime” upfront May 10 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles (from left): host Andy Adler; Los Angeles Lakers TV broadcaster Francisco Pinto; TWC Deportes VP Pablo Urquiza; Joan Hogan Gillman, TWC EVP and TWC Media president; Mark Shuken, SVP and GM of TWC Sports Regional Networks; Scott Pruitt, TWC VP of marketing and communications; and Lakers TV broadcaster Adrian Garcia Marquez.

P&G says 'Thank you, Mom'

Jodi Allen, Procter & Gamble VP of North America operations and marketing, speaks at a press event announcing P&G’s “Thank You, Mom” gifts to mothers of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes for the 2012 London Games. The event was May 8 in New York City.

Big anniversary for Texas bowl game

On May 10, ESPN Regional Television played host for a 10th anniversary event marking the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl game’s return to TCU’s newly renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium. From left: Brant Ringler, the bowl game’s executive director; Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price; Pete Riley, Bell Helicopter EVP of integrated operations; Pete Derzis, ESPN Regional Television SVP and GM; and Bill Thornton, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, and co-chairman of the bowl game’s executive council.

Dynamo duos

Stakeholders were ready for some soccer as the Houston Dynamo played its first game at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12. From left: Dynamo President Chris Canetti (left) and MLS Commissioner Don Garber
Photos by: DON MURET / STAFF

AEG Facilities COO Bob Newman (left) and AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke

Manolo Sanchez (left), CEO of BBVA Compass, and Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions founder and Dynamo co-owner

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