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Patrick Warburton 'Golf for Kids' Celebrity Tournament
Patrict Warburton is a frequent participant in celebrity golf pro-ams

Actor Patrick Warburton's first "Golf for Kids" Celebrity Golf Tournament takes place in March 2011.

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Patrick Warburton is an actor and voice artist who can currently be seen in the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement, and heard as the voice of Joe in the Fox animated series Family Guy. Past credits include playing the title character in the short-lived but cult-favorite The Tick and playing the recurring character David Puddy on Seinfeld. His easily recognizable voice has brought Warburton too many voice acting gigs to mention. Patrick is also an avid golfer, and someone who takes part in many charitable causes - both on and off the golf course. The first Patrick Warburton "Golf for Kids" Celebrity Tournament, benefiting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, is scheduled for March 4-6, 2011. Patrick talked to About.com Golf on Dec. 16, 2010, for the Q&A below.

First, give us some particulars about your charity tournament - when and where, the format, drop some other celeb names.
It's the Patrick Warburton "Golf for Kids" Celebrity Tournament March 4-6, 2011, at the Classic Club in Palm Springs, Calif. The format is modified best ball. I think the competitive format is more attractive for getting some more serious players as opposed to a scramble. This is the inaugural year and we'll have 27 teams – each is a foursome with a celebrity.

Themes are going to be music and comedy – of course, David Spade, as well as Gary Valentine, Rob Morrow, John O'Hurley and a bunch of names.

I've never planned a wedding but I assume it's a bit like that - a lot of different pieces that need to come together. I'll be relieved when it's complete and we accomplished everything we set out to do. (To get involved, email Jamie.ramsay@stjude.org or call 800-227-6737)

St. Jude Children's Hospital is a great choice as beneficiary, and is very familiar to golfers through the Memphis PGA Tour event. How did you decide on the specific organization to support with your golf tournament?
My wife and I are blessed with four healthy children, but throughout the years we've had friends who've had to deal with seriously ill kids. There is nothing worse in the world than to see your child suffer, or to lose a child.

Last year at Jim McMahon's golf tournament during the Super Bowl, I met someone from the hospital. I got invited to read to the kids and became enamored with the mission of the hospital.

St. Jude is a special place. They make their own medicines there and pioneer therapies that save lives. It costs $1.6 million a day to keep the doors open. My wife is an artist and she has painted one of the walls at the hospital and I'm proud to say that wall is now on the official tour (of the hospital). (Go to page 2)

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