FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - The Hotel Fitness Championship festivities kicked off Sunday night with the annual Mad Anthonys Red Coat Dinner at Memorial Coliseum Expo Center.
Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., presented this year's Red Coat to Bruce Dye, CEO of Hotel Fitness and former president of Heritage Service Group, as Hoosier Celebrity of the Year.
"It's a very humbling thing," Dye says. "We're always trying to bring people to Fort Wayne, and we've got to have something for them to do. I was out on the course the last couple of days, and this really is going to look like a professional golf event."
Red's a great color on Bruce, our 2013 Red Coat recipient. Gov. Mike Pence presents Bruce with his Red Coat. pic.twitter.com/0FPNJWNlBR— Mad Anthonys (@MadAnthonysFW) August 26, 2013
The Mad Anthonys has been a summer tradition since 1958, and Dye becomes the 87th Red Coat recipient.
21Alive's Tommy Schoegler and Kent Hormann emceed the event.
This year, Mad Anthonys and PGA formed a partnership that evolves the Charity Classic into a pro-am ahead of the Web.com Tour's Hotel Fitness Championship.
Gates are open from Noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow at @SycamoreHillsFW. We can't wait for the Mad Anthony's Pro-Am!— HotelFitnessChamps (@HotelFitChamps) August 25, 2013
The Mad Anthonys Pro-Am at the Hotel Fitness starts at 1 p.m. Monday at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. The Hotel Fitness Championship begins Thursday at Sycamore Hills, also.
21Alive's 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts will be live from Sycamore Hills Golf Club on Thursday and Friday.
21Alive sports will also broadcast special editions of Sound Off from the Hotel Fitness Championship from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
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