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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Mark Harmon Celebrity Weekend Benefit Event kickoff starts on May 31

  • The 13th annual Mark Harmon Celebrity Weekend Benefit will be held on May 31 and June 1.
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  • The 13th annual Mark Harmon Celebrity Weekend Benefit will be held on May 31 and June 1.
     
    Harmon is the star of the television show NCIS and heads up the celebrity group participating in the fundraising charity weekend featuring a sponsors’ bowling event, auction and free baseball game. Each year, Oklahoma Sports Science and Orthopedics (OSSO) serves as the primary sponsor and producer of this event.
     
    The weekend will begin May 31 with Stars & Strikes Bowling night at Firelake Bowling in Shawnee.
     
    “This event is not general admission and the attendees must purchase a gallery pass for $125 or sponsor a bowling team beginning at $2,000,” said Robert Fuxa, vice president of marketing for OSSO.
     
    Celebrities will bowl on a team against sponsor bowling teams. Space is limited for teams and will be considered on a first come, first serve basis, Fuxa said. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the bowling event.
     
    “The bowling event is geared towards adults and not recommended for children,” Fuxa said.
     
    An auction, both live and silent, will be occurring during the bowling event. Items available will include a VIP tour of the NCIS set for four people along with items associated with fitness and recreation, health and beauty, art and culture, dining and entertainment and travel packages. Luxury travel packages this year include Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica, and Crested Butte.
     
    On June 1 there will be a free 5-inning charity baseball game played at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home of the Oklahoma RedHawks.
     
    “Tickets will be available at the door the day of the game,” Fuxa said.
     
    Harmon often signs autographs before and after the game near his team’s dugout, said Fuxa. Many celebrities, including Harmon’s college roommate and now agent Barry Axelrod, play on Harmon’s “The Bombers” baseball team when they play the OSSO’s “Outlaws,” a team of physicians headed by surgeon Michael Wright. The game will begin at 2:30 p.m.
     
    Proceeds from the events benefit the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, The Anna’s House Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters Shawnee office.
     
    “The goal this year is to raise $400,000,” Fuxa said.
     
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