Actor Dennis Haysbert -- you know his voice -- talks about golf, charity and upcoming visit to Hilton Head

abredeson@islandpacket.comAugust 28, 2013 

For more than three decades celebrities and their fans have gathered on Hilton Head Island to raise money for local children's charities.

The annual Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament matches those celebrities with amateur golfers for three days of golf. Since its inception in 1979, the tournament has donated nearly $4 million to charity, according to a press release from tournament organizers.

The event benefits 20 different charities, including Bluffton Self Help, Island Recreation Center, Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, Heroes on Horseback, Children's Relief Fund, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry and Child Abuse Prevention Association.

The 32nd annual tournament will take place at three courses -- the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort, the Arnold Palmer Signature Course at Wexford Plantation and at Harbour Town Golf Links at The Sea Pines Resort.

This year's list of celebrities include Food Network star Robert Irvine, Fox News Senior National Correspondent John Roberts, two-time Super Bowl Champion Mark Collins of the New York Giants, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flats and actors Alan Thicke, Kevin Sorbo, Kevin Farley and Dennis Haysbert, among others.

We recently caught up with Haysbert, known for his role as President David Palmer on "24," the spokesman for Allstate and much more.

Question. Why are you participating in this event? Why is it important to you?

Answer. Well, it's important to me because it's for a good cause, and anything and everything children. If children are benefitting, great. If I can possibly make it, I'm there. And I love to golf. And there is no better golf destination than South Carolina.

Q. Can you tell me briefly about the Haysbert Humanitarian Foundation?

A. My foundation is for and about children, and what my mission is to make this a better place and leave a seed on this planet, starting locally in this country and hopefully globally later. What I want to do and help with is organic food choices, clean water, sustainable solutions, education and basically all things regarding health and mental stability of our children.

Q. You have such a distinct voice. When you're talking to people on the phone who don't know who they are talking to, do they recognize your voice?

A. I believe all the time, even if they don't say so. But most of them do.

Q. What do you have going on right now?

A. Just in negotiations for a couple projects so I will be working soon. So Hilton Head is going to be a little respite for me. ... I'm staying busy. I have four films in the can that should be coming out later this year or early 2014. (Those movies are "Think Like a Man Too," "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For," "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Life of a King.")

Q. How long have you been playing golf?

A. Long enough to be better (laughs). It's not for lack of trying.

Q. Is there anything else you'd like to say to our readers?

A. I'm looking forward to visiting South Carolina -- Hilton Head Island -- and playing some good golf and raising some money for a great cause. ... I know it's a tough time economically for just about everyone, but if they can come out and reach in their pockets and pull out a few pennies, it goes a long way for people that have absolutely nothing.

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

TIME: 9 a.m. shotgun start

WHERE: Aug. 30 at Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course in Palmetto Dunes, Aug. 31 at Arnold Palmer Signature Course in Wexford Plantation, Sept. 1 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines

COST: Free to spectators, but donations are welcome.

FOR THE KIDS: Sept. 1 is McNair Law Firm Kids Day. A putting contest is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. The first 100 children who show up will receive a free T-shirt.

DETAILS: 843-842-7711, www.hhcelebritygolf.com

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