BOSTON -- The David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic will be held at a new venue in the Dominican Republic this winter, with the same purpose it's always had: to help provide healthcare for children.
Ortiz announced in a news conference at Fenway Park on Tuesday that the Fishing Lodge Cap Cana, a Salamander Caribbean Resort set to open on Oct. 12, will host this year's event from Dec. 1-4. The outing has raised more than $650,000 in its first three years, and it's a draw for his teammates and celebrities from other walks of life.
The golf outing directly benefits the David Ortiz Children's Fund, which was founded in 2006 and provides critical pediatric healthcare in the Dominican Republic and in Massachusetts, through partnerships with the World Pediatric Project and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children.
"To be honest with you, I don't really realize how much it means to me until they bring all the kids before and after the surgery," Ortiz said. "It's just watching the kids and the big smile on their face. It definitely lets me go to sleep the way I always wanted, thinking that God put everybody in different types of situations, put myself in this situation just to be able to help kids."
Ortiz said he didn't have his guest-list for this year's event narrowed down. Alex Rodriguez, Pedro Martinez, Mariano Rivera, Ryan Howard, Bill Russell and Bobby Orr have attended in the past.