WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The starting lineup of celebrities attending the Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational includes a new name to the roster. Mike Quick, former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver will be in Wilmington next month for the annual event that helps local people dealing with kidney disease.
“I’m the rookie that’s coming to the Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational this year,” Quick says smiling. “I’m very excited about it. I remember the great Willie Stargell. He was a fantastic baseball player and I know that his wife and the foundation—they’re raising money for people dealing with the same kidney disease that took Willie."
Quick was a first-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1982 NFL draft. He was a five-time pro bowler who was selected every year from 1983 to 1987. He led the NFL in receiving yards in 1983 with 1,409 and finished second in 1985 with 1,247. Quick, who finished his NFL career in 1990 played college football at N.C. State.
The invitational is taking place at The Country Club of Landfall Nov. 8-10.
Over 50 celebrities will join Quick, including current Pittsburgh Pirates player Josh Bell who will be returning for a third year. Others attending the fundraiser that includes golf and an auction dinner are Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member Eddie Murray and retired Major League Baseball Manager Grady Little.
Margaret Weller-Stargell, widow of former Pittsburgh Pirate, Willie Stargell, came up with the idea 17 years ago to establish the Willie Stargell Foundation and host an annual golf event to raise money to help people living with a disease that claimed her husband’s life. Stargell, a member of MLB’s Hall of Fame, died in 2001 from kidney failure.
“I am humbled and very thankful for the continued support of our many sponsors and celebrities who join us every year to honor and remember my late husband, Willie, while helping us raise money to assist those living with kidney disease,” says Weller-Stargell. “We are thrilled to have Mike Quick as one of our new celebrities this year."
Quick says he’s heard and read about the event and is looking forward to coming to Wilmington.
“I’m very excited to be a part of it and looking forward to just a big event,” Quick says.
For more information and for a full list of the celebrities attending this year, click here.