Updated 08/26/2012 05:51 PM
Hundreds turn out for 19th Annual Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic
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RALEIGH-- Dozens of celebrity showed up to take part in the 19th Annual Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic. Among them, country music star and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. The Garner native said the cancer awareness fundraiser is important to his family.
"My grandmother was affected by cancer. I think everybody in some way, shape, or form has been affected by this terrible disease," McCreery said. "It's a great way to come out here and raise awareness for some research."
Miss North Carolina Arlie Honeycutt kicked off the event with singing the national anthem. She said cancer has also affected her family.
"My nana lost the battle with pancreatic cancer and it's really, really important that we work together to find a cure and it's inspiring to see people doing just that," Honeycutt said.
For Nick Valvano, the tournament is about more than just cancer research, it's an honor to his family. Nick lost his brother, former NC State head basketball coach Jimmy Valvano in 1993. Since then, Nick has helped raise millions through the V Foundation in honor of his brother.
"Having all of his friends here, and our new friends, is kind of gratifying to see that they thought so much about him to help us fight," Nick Valvano said.
It's a fight the foundation hopes they can one day help resolve. But as to whether or not the golfers will make par, Scotty McCreery said he can sing much better than he can swing.
"I was more the baseball kid, so you'll see my baseball swing today on the course," McCreery said.
The V Foundation will also host 'Racquets for Research' tennis tournament in September.