DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL® (NYSE:DRII), a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, proudly announces an evening of musical entertainment with an all-star line-up of world-class musicians including a special guest appearance by Darius Rucker at The Brian Gay Invitational on December 7, 2013 at the Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club. Following the amateur/celebrity golf event on Saturday, December 7, the evening’s concert will feature a roster of premier musicians including original band members from Hootie and the Blowfish, bassist, Dean Felber and lead guitarist, Mark Bryan; Creed drummer, Scott Phillips; and a special performance by country music superstar, Darius Rucker. The lead singer and rhythm guitarist for rock band Hootie and the Blowfish, and an award-winning country music artist, Darius Rucker, has charted several hits on Billboard’s Hot100 since the start of his career as a singer/songwriter in 1986. As a co-founder of Hootie and the Blowfish, he recorded five studio albums including their successful debut album “Cracked Rear View” which featured hit singles “Hold My Hand”, “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You”. Since signing with Capitol Records Nashville in 2008, Rucker has released six number one country music hits including "It Won't Be Like This for Long", "Alright", “Come Back Song" and "This". In 2009 he received the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association. According to Michael Flaskey, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, North America, Diamond Resorts International®, “We are pleased to announce our entertainment line-up for the Brian Gay Invitational and want to extend a special thank you to all the musicians who have so graciously committed their time and talents to this event. With their generous involvement in our charitable efforts, we believe that this weekend will deliver a world-class event and help us raise much-needed funds to support the Florida Hospital for Children.”
The Brian Gay Invitational presented by Diamond Resorts International® is a best-in-class celebrity/amateur golf tournament at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club in Celebration, Florida on December 6-8, 2013. Net Proceeds will benefit Florida Hospital for Children.FHFC is home to a world-class panel of pediatric specialists and highly qualified staff dedicated to the care of the children. The hospital features a lobby designed by Disney that features characters and interactive games to ease the fear and anxieties of patients and their families. The following celebrities have committed to participate in the Brian Gay Invitational: Marcus Allen, Hall of Fame Football PlayerJohnny Damon, Retired MLB PlayerMike Eruzione, Olympic Hockey LegendJohn Hart, MLB ExecutiveGrant Hill, Retired NBA PlayerJ.B. Holmes, PGA Tour PlayerReggie Jackson, Hall of Fame Baseball PlayerLee Janzen, PGA Tour PlayerRyan Longwell, NFL PlayerJoe Magrane, Retired MLB Player/CommentatorKevin Millar, Retired MLB Player/SportscasterPhil Nevin, Retired MLB PlayerBud Norris, MLB PlayerNick O’Hern, PGA Tour PlayerA.J. Pierzynski, MLB PlayerDan Plesac, Retired MLB PlayerDarius Rucker, Country Music SuperstarMark Rypien, Retired NFL PlayerJohn Smoltz, Retired MLB Player/SportscasterFrank Viola, Retired MLB PlayerCharlie Manuel, MLB ManagerCarl Paulson, Retired PGA Tour PlayerMichael “Yogi” Stewart, Retired NBA PlayerTroy Glaus, Retired MLB PlayerJoe Mayo, Professional Golf InstructorGrant Waite, Professional Golf InstructorRay Lankford, Retired MLB PlayerRichard Dent, Retired NFL PlayerScott Phillips, DrummerMark Bryan, Lead GuitaristDean Felber, BassistMark Tremonti, Guitarist Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 300 vacation destinations located in 33 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, provides guests with choices and flexibility as they design their dream vacation, whether they're traveling an hour away or around the world. Our hassle-free, relaxing vacations give guests a truly memorable experience every time, for a lifetime. Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations of a Lifetime™ through 92 managed resorts, 210 affiliated properties and four cruise itineraries. To learn more, visit DiamondResorts.com.