By Greg Hitchcock on
Bill Murray, no stranger to celebrity golf charity, auctioned off a custom-made motorcycle at the sixth annual Murray Bros. Caddyshack Golf Tournament in St. Augustine, Fla., last May, which raised over $1 million for the St. Vincent's Foundation Mobile Health Outreach Ministry.
The bike is an amalgamation of elements that Murray’s character Spackler in the film Caddyshack would have owned consisting of a
pitchfork over the rear tire, grass clippers where wheel spinners might be and a painting of a gopher that’s square in a rifle’s sights.
The bike, designed by Orange County Choppers of Montgomery, N.Y., impressed Murray so much that he himself was its highest bidder at the tournament.
“It was as artistic as anything I have ever been involved with,” Murray said in an interview. “It was very much like a creative writing session
where you’re trying to figure out some scene in a movie or show.”
The golf tournament partnership between Murray Brothers Caddyshack and St. Vincent’s Foundation began five years ago and coincided with the grand opening of the Caddyshack Restaurant at World
Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL.
Bill Murray was joined by his five brothers for the tournament – Ed, Brian, John, Andy and Joel.
All the Murray brothers worked as caddies
to earn Catholic school tuition. Their musings and mischief inspired the movie Caddyshack, co-written by Brian Doyle-Murray. Nearly 25
years later, the popularity of the film lives on, and so does the brothers’ love for the game.
The funds raised by the charity golf tournament will be used to provide medical care and medications for thousands of the area’s uninsured.
The examinations and care are provided on board St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Units, fully equipped doctor’s offices on wheels that visit churches and community centers throughout Northeast Florida delivering healthcare at a location easily within reach of those who need it.
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