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Benefit auction in Hempfield will feature set of Arnold Palmer's golf clubs

| Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Golf legend Arnold Palmer and Paul and Kathy Plucker, co-chairs of the Adelphoi Spirit of Hope Reception, pose with a set of clubs that Palmer used in tournament play and has donated to Adelphoi. Only five sets of Palmer’s golf clubs have been released to private collectors worldwide. Palmer used the set of The Standard irons (3-PW) during the 1980s at the height of his career. A personalized letter to the winner from Palmer and a certificate of authenticity will accompany the clubs.

A set of clubs that Arnold Palmer used on his way to earning 92 tournament victories during his storied golf career will be sold at an upcoming charity auction.

Participants in the Adelphoi USA Spirit of Hope reception and auction on Sunday have a chance to bid on one of only five sets of Palmer's clubs that have been released to private collectors.

The clubs, which Palmer used in the 1980s, are on display before the event at Rusbosin Furniture and Flooring store on Route 66 in Hempfield.

The reception will be held on Sunday in the Ramada Greensburg Hotel and Conference Center in Hempfield to begin Adelphoi USA's annual golf event. Paul and Kathy Plucker, co-chairs of the event, have gathered a number of celebrity guests for the evening, including Lou Ferrigno of the 1970s TV show “Incredible Hulk,” Verne Troyer of the “Austin Powers” movies, Disney Channel actor and “Dancing With The Stars” contestant Kyle Massey, Nickelodeon actor Christopher Massey and comedian Norm Crosby.

Several Pittsburgh Pirates alumni, including pitcher Steve Blass, will attend, as well as former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier and announcer Bill Hillgrove.

Comedian and singer Gary Mule Deer will provide entertainment during the program.

Proceeds from the live and silent auction items — including the golf clubs, which will be accompanied by a personalized letter to the winner from Palmer and a certificate of authenticity — will benefit Adelphoi's Nellie Briles Fund. The fund is named in honor of the former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher who served as a member of Adelphoi's board of directors and chairperson of the golf classic. It benefits at-risk youths to develop independent living skills.

Bill and Tani Austin, founders of Starkey Hearing Foundation in Eden Prairie, Minn., will be honored at the reception with the Arnold Palmer Spirit of Hope Award.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually and promotes hearing health awareness and education.