Comedian Bill Engvall and Longhorn Legend Doug English continue to team up to fight paralysis with the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation. A golf outing at Onion Creek on Friday was followed by a comedy show. KVUE's Mike Barnes spoke with Engvall.
AUSTIN, Texas – (April, 2012) – April 26 and April 27 will mark the 33rd year of the Lone Star Classic Golf Tournament and Comedy Show, a landmark Austin event which raises funds and awareness for spinal paralysis research.
The long-standing event was created by Doug English, a former All-America defensive tackle at the University of Texas and an All-Pro football player for the Detroit Lions. It is hosted by comedian, Bill Engvall and his wife, Gail.
The Lone Star Paralysis Foundation was established in 2000 with the mission of finding a cure for spinal cord injury. English developed a personal interest in spinal cord injury research after his friend, Kent Waldrep, a former running back for Texas Christian University, suffered a paralyzing injury in 1974. A serious neck injury ended English’s own football career and he credits his recovery to the advanced medical treatment he was fortunate enough to receive.
“We are committed to finding the cure for paralysis and to helping our spinal cord injury friends recover with the best rehabilitation programs available,” explained English. “We’re seeing great strides in research, recovery and recreational opportunities for those with spinal cord injuries, and we’re proud of our contributions to these efforts.”
Festivities start with a kickoff party Thursday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. at El Arroyo and picks up the next morning at 10:00 a.m. with a shotgun start of the golf tournament at Onion Creek Country Club. The Caryln Nelson Awards Comedy Show and Banquet is Friday evening, April 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the AT & T Executive Education and Conference Center.
“This is the most fun my wife, Gail and I have all year long, and we are so proud to support the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and host the comedy show,” said Engvall. “Witnessing the incredible, generous support from our guests makes this one of the most rewarding events I’m a part of every year.”