Celebrity gala being planned for Natchez

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 6, 2000

Finley Trosclair and Lee Moore of The Celebrity Players Tour were special guests of Natchez Children’s Home director Nancy Hungerford at Tuesday’s Natchez Rotary Club meeting.

And they had a special announcement for Natchez and the children’s home.

&uot;We are planning on having a celebrity dinner and auction gala in December on our way to our last tournament in Fore Myers, Fla., said Trosclair, a native of Natchez.

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The plans are still in the early stages, but Trosclair said top celebrities would be brought in to tour the homes, be available at the dinner and possibly compete in a skins golf game.

The celebrities would come from the 120 people who compete on the Celebrity Players Tour.

While Trosclair said he has not talked to any celebrities about the event, he mentioned that former tennis great Ivan Lendl could be one of the guests.

Along with the celebrities would be memorabilia and autographs from former and present players connected with the tour for the auction.

Former basketball great Michael Jordan is a regular on the tour.

The Dan Marino Celebrity Invitational was recently held and those competing included Joe Morgan, John Elway, Johnny Bench, John Brodie, Mario Lemieux, Neil Lomax, Gary Carter, Dan Quayle and actor Adam Baldwin.

The Celebrity Players Tour links celebrities, most former athletes, with fans and corporate sponsors, usually for a charity.

&uot;We look to raise $5 milion for charities by the end of this year,&uot; Moore said.

The Celebrity Players Tour is only three years old, and Trosclair and Moore joined the league last fall.

The duo started out together 10 years ago on the T.C. Jordan Tour, which made an annual stop in Natchez.

The Natchez Children’s Home received money from the Jordan and Hooters tournaments here. The Hooters Tour no longer has a stop in Natchez.

&uot;We felt like we left a big void for the Children’s Home when we left Hooters,&uot; Trosclair said.

The Jordan Tour later become the Hooters Tour.

Trosclair and Moore left the Hooters Tour for the TearDrop Tour before signing on with the Celebrity Players Tour.

Hungerford said the event has been cleared by the Natchez Chamber of Commerce and will be held in early December. An exact date will be announced at a later time.

Trosclair said he is counting on several sponsors for the event.

&uot;And you never know what something like this can lead to,&uot; Moore said. &uot;Some guy or gal comes in with his family and may want to make Natchez a regular stop.&uot;