Fourteen-time LPGA Tour winner Cristie Kerr rolled out the red carpet Monday for the inaugural Liberty Cup. The two-day event kicked off with a cocktail reception atop the Dream Hotel in New York City Monday evening. On Tuesday, Kerr was joined by LPGA and PGA Tour players, celebrities and sponsors at Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, New Jersey. Money raised from the star-studded event benefits Kerr’s Birdies for Breast Cancer Foundation and the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center at the Jersey City Medical Center.
Professionals and celebrities teeing it up at scenic Liberty National included LPGA players Suzann Pettersen, Natalie Gulbis, Amanda Blumenherst, Jimin Kang and Michelle McGann, PGA Tour winners Chris DiMarco and Andy North, Desperate Housewives actor Kyle MacLachlan, NHL great Ken Daneyko, Boston Celtics star Ray Allen and American Idol singer Michael Johns.
Kerr became involved in the fight against breast cancer shortly after her mother Linda was diagnosed with the disease. Kerr has raised more than $1.25 million dollars for the cause. The Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center which opened in September 2010 provides breast cancer screenings and free mammograms and education. The state-of-the-art facility houses digital mammography machines and a breast MRI, the only one of its kind in Hudson County.