Heritage Auctions Special Auction: The Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational & Charity Auction

Heritage Auctions is teaming up with Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities as an official event sponsor of the second annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational, May 13-14, at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas and The Westin Stonebriar Resort in Frisco, Texas. Heritage will provide auction support, an auctioneer and broadcast the auction portion live on its Heritage Live! bidding platform for a special live Fantasy Auction during the Friday night poker tournament. All proceeds from the special fantasy auction go to benefit Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, aimed at helping at-risk kids transcend tough beginnings.

The five special lots include:

*Royal Dinner Fantasy with Chef Darren McGrady at the home of Pat and Emmitt Smith in Dallas, TX Date TBD
*Dancing with the Stars Finale Fantasy, May 23-24, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA
*Cowboy Legends Poker Fantasy at Dee Lincoln’s Tasting Room, Dallas, TX Date TBD
*Arabian Stallion with 2012 Derby Fantasy Experience in Lexington, KY
*One-of-a-kind 2011 Traxxas RC Truck autographed by the celebrities participating in the 2011 Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational

“This is a great charity and a great event,” said Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President of Heritage, “and we are thrilled to be partnering with such a generous organization for what is certainly going to be a very exciting auction.”

The NFL’s all-time leading rusher has long been focused on the philanthropic efforts of the foundation he runs with his wife, Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, and combing his love of golf, his widespread popularity and his many friends into a charity event to raise money is a natural progression in the evolution of one of the most beloved Dallas Cowboys in the team’s illustrious history.

Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities creates educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children.

“Emmitt and I believe that every child deserves that one opportunity to experience what they dream,” said Pat. “Perhaps the moment of hope will spark a drive within them to believe in limitless possibilities.”

“We’re trying to encourage young people by giving them opportunities to step out there and do more,” said Emmitt, “so they can see things they otherwise wouldn’t see.”

The second annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament will take place at The Westin Stonebriar Resort on May 13, 2011 and at TPC Craig Ranch on May 14, 2011. Festivities will include a VIP Invitation-only Red Carpet Pairings Party, Live Auction of Once-in-a-Lifetime Fantasy Experiences and a Celebrity Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on May 13. The private Celebrity Pro-Am Style Golf Tournament will take place on May 14.

The list of celebrity invitees for the spectacular event reads like a “Who’s Who” of Hall of Fame members, well-known athletes and famous entertainers. Confirmed celebrity participants to date include Emmitt Smith, John Randle, Keith Brookings, Deion Sanders, Derrick Brooks, Sean Salisbury, Tony Casillas, Thurman Thomas, Mike Eruzione, Winfred Tubbs, Michael Finley, Clay Walker, Jason Garrett, Spud Webb, Mark Ingram, Michael Wilson, Rickey Jackson, Darren Woodson, Daryl Johnston, Rayfield Wright, Jacque Jones, Jason Witten, Donna Richardson-Joyner, Pierre Larouche, Eddie Levert, Floyd Little, Eugene Lockhart, Kenny Lofton, and more to come!

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