News 12 at 11, April 7, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga.---The Rock Fore! Dough concert has become a Masters week tradition, five years running, and this year the weather didn't stop too many from coming out for the good cause.
It's not every day kids get to take pictures with celebrities and get their autographs, but that's a big highlight of the concert for many of the little golfers.
"It's really fun because you get to hear and meet all the famous people and get a lot of signatures," says Tanner Huff, a member at the First Tee of Augusta.
He and the other kids rubbed elbows with the likes of Hootie and the Blowfish, Zac Brown Band, Shawn Mullins, and 48Volt.
All the kids from the First Tee of Augusta are VIP for the evening.
"It was one of those shows that when we were looking at taking time off we knew that we were still going to do this one. We've been doing it for years and it's always fun and we like to help the First Tee," says Darius Rucker, of Hootie and the Blowfish.
The First Tee of Augusta teaches kids life skills through the game of golf. They've been hosting Rock Fore! Dough for five years to raise money for the cause. More than $300,000 later, not including this year, it's become a big Masters week tradition.
"There is no better week than to really emphasize that in the community or through out the us and so we are really excited," says Jill Brown, Executive Director of First Tee.
"I feel great about doing this. It's for a good cause. Other than a little chill in the air it's going to be a great time," says Dean Felber, of Hootie and the Blowfish.
Organizers were worried about the turnout because of the chilly weather. but they say advance ticket sales were better than ever. While they don't have a final number yet, the crowd seemed just as big, if not bigger than last year.