Derrick Hall to emcee Lou Grubb Golf, Gala in Scottsdale

Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall. (photo by Arizona Diamondbacks)

Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall. (photo by Arizona Diamondbacks)

One of the longest-running and best-attended charitable events in the Valley is back to celebrate its 43rd year and is proud to welcome Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall as returning emcee for opening-night festivities.

The 43rd Annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf and Gala, April 21-22, kicks off at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch with a roaring ’20s casino-party, followed by an elegant dinner and vibrant program—headlined by Mr. Hall, who will also assist with a live auction.

Day two brings together hundreds of golfers for a friendly, fun-filled 18-hole tournament, lunch, all-day beverages and awards-dinner, April 22, at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m. for a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, according to a press release.

Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf was created in 1973 as a friendly fundraiser by the iconic automotive businessman, Lou Grubb, well-known for his Take 5 commercials starting in the 1970s. Several years later, Mr. Grubb suffered a ruptured aneurysm while playing golf and underwent a lifesaving surgery at Barrow. To thank Barrow for his care, Mr. Grubb designated the hospital as the tournament’s sole beneficiary.

Although Mr. Grubb passed away in 2012, followed in 2014 by his wife, Evelyn, family and friends carry on the couple’s long legacy of giving through the 43rd Annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf and Gala. The event has raised more than $5.5 million over the past 20 years to support patient care, medical education and research at Barrow Neurological Institute and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, the release stated.

“It’s a privilege to carry on my parent’s legacy,” stated Dan Grubb, co-organizer of the event, in the release. “It’s wonderful to see so many familiar faces return year after year to keep the tournament going and to support Barrow and St. Joseph’s. Even better is the fact that more young golfers play each year. My parents would be proud to see so many people having fun while raising money for this meaningful cause.”

Mr. Hall made his debut at the event last year, helping to raise more than $500,000 for Barrow Neurological Foundation and St. Joseph’s Foundation.

“Derrick Hall’s business background and commitment to charitable giving make him an ideal emcee for this event,” stated Roger Maxwell, longtime family friend who is co-organizing the event alongside Dan Grubb, in the release. “The crowd loved him last year, so we’re thrilled to have him come back for a second year in a row. He’s a true class act.”

For more information about the 43nd Annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf and Gala, visit, or contact Sharon Pollack, events manager at Barrow Neurological Foundation and St. Joseph’s Foundation, at 602-406-1021 or

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