The 36th annual Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament took place June 22 through 24, featuring golf, auctions and a banquet. Big changes are planned for the event's future.

Sanford and Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament announce new plans

June 25, 2019

After 36 years, one of the Fargo region’s premier fundraising events, the Roger Maris Celebrity golf tournament, is teaming up with Sanford Health to make some exciting changes.

Starting next year, the tournament will benefit Roger Maris Cancer Center through the Sanford Health Foundation. It will also expand from a single event to a week of activities emphasizing greater youth involvement.

Roger Maris Jr., son of the record-setting baseball legend, said these events could include multiple sports camps, celebrity coaches and mentors, learning opportunities for children in the area and more.

“It has been an honor to watch this tournament grow and develop over the years, and I am excited to see what it can become over the next 36 years,” Maris Jr. said at the 36th annual tournament banquet on Sunday, June 23.

Going forward

The tournament changes come just as Sanford is renovating thousands of additional square feet at the cancer center. Over the next several years, funds raised will support the $15 million Reimagine campaign to support a major expansion of cancer programs and services within the space.

“Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center is embarking on their vision for the future of establishing themselves as a national destination cancer center, and along with that comes many opportunities for the community of Fargo-Moorhead,” Maris Jr. said.

“The potential of this makes myself and our family so excited for the many ways my dad’s name will be expanded into the community while paired with the Roger Maris Cancer Center,” he added.

A look back

Established in 1984 as a fundraiser for Fargo Shanley High School, Maris’ alma mater, the initial event included celebrities Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford to name a few.

Through the years, the tournament has attracted dozens of sports stars and entertainment celebrities and raised more than $2 million for additional charities including Hospice of the Red River Valley and Roger Maris Cancer Center.

The 36th annual event took place June 22 to 24, with two days of golf, live and silent auctions, and a banquet with special guests Goose Gossage, Rollie Fingers, Johnny Bench and Tommy John.

Reimagine the future of cancer care

To invest today in a new era of cancer care at Roger Maris Cancer Center, visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/reimagine or call our team at (701) 234-6246 to learn more.