Known for his roles in “Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Madame Secretary,” actor Kevin Rahm is hosting a celebrity golf tournament and music event in St. Augustine May 30 to June 2 benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
To be held at the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort, the inaugural event is modeled after the West Coast version, The Warburton, hosted by actor Patrick Warburton. More than 45 celebrities, songwriters and rock legends are anticipated to attend The Rahm.
“Give us one night, and I’ll promise you’ll want to come back,” Rahm told the Recorder. “It’s a top-notch event, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Celebrities will begin arriving on Thursday, May 30, for Songwriters Night at the Renaissance World Golf Village ballroom. The show includes renowned Nashville songwriters who will tell the stories behind their biggest hits and perform them.
Songwriters scheduled to perform include Tim Nichols, who wrote Tim McGraw’s No. 1 hit, “Live Like You Were Dying” and Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California;” and Kelley Lovelace, writer of the hit “All-American Girl” performed by Carrie Underwood as well as Brad Paisley hits such as “Ticks,” “I’m Still a Guy” and “Camouflage.” Other writers include Jamie O’Neal and Billy Dean, both of whom have several country hits and multiple awards. Tickets are $100 and include open bar.
“This is one of my favorite events, because you really get to hear those stories, especially from the person who’s not necessarily the famous person,” said Rahm, who lives in Sacramento, California.
Friday night, May 31, begins with the Pairings Party for golfers and their guests followed by the St. Jude JAM. This event will feature entertainment by Sixwire, a unique lineup of Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers and other famous rock legends who will perform some of their hits in what will be a two-and-a-half to three-hour rock-and-roll variety show. Tickets are $100.
Performers scheduled to appear include Steve Augeri, the former lead singer of Journey; Steve Cropper of Booker T & the MGs and a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Jason Scheff, the longtime lead singer of Chicago; Wally Palmer, lead singer of The Romantics; John Elefante, former lead singer of Kansas; Mike Mills of R.E.M. and a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Jay Demarcus of Rascal Flatts; Drew Copeland and Ken Block of Sister Hazel; David Cook, the season seven winner of “American Idol;” Chris Daughtry, Grammy Award nominee and fourth-place contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol;” and Robin Meade, Headline News anchor of “Morning Express with Robin Meade.” There will also be two unannounced surprise guests.
“It’s a concert like you’re never going to see anywhere else,” Rahm said. “You’re never going to see all those guys in one room.”
On June 1, the Saturday Soiree will feature evening red carpet appearances by many of the celebrities involved with the golf tournament, live and silent auctions, a patient family, dinner and entertainment by Sixwire. Tickets for the Saturday Soiree are $250.
The golf tournament will be played Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, at the World Golf Village utilizing both the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire courses. Each foursome will be paired with a celebrity for both rounds, and that celebrity will be seated with the team at the Saturday Soiree. The cost per player is $2,000 and includes two tickets to each of the evening activities. Foursomes are $8,000. There are a limited number of openings for golf.
According to the event website, other celebrities confirmed to attend the weekend’s festivities include actor and comedian Rob Riggle, actor Jeffrey Nordling, actor Galen Gering, actor Ben Reed, former NFL all-pro player Sterling Sharpe and former NFL player Harold Green, among others.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stjudejamevents.org/the-rahm.
“I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together,” Rahm said. “And of course, it’s a great cause. You can’t beat St. Jude.”