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Jack Nicklaus, Ken ‘Hawk’ Harrelson join LMC for ‘Legends’ fundraiser at Harbor Shores

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus and Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson will return to Benton Harbor for a special scholarship fundraiser event supporting Lake Michigan College students.  

"Lake Michigan College Legends Scholarship Fundraiser with Jack Nicklaus and Ken Harrelson" takes place from 4:30-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8 at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, 201 Graham Ave., Benton Harbor. 

The event features an intimate conversation with Nicklaus and Harrelson, followed by a question-and-answer session. There also will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and a live auction, all in support of LMC Foundation's scholarship initiatives and student programs.  

"Anyone who ever watched me during a 9-0 game knows that I have stories to tell," Harrelson said. "We're going to have a little fun, share some laughs, and it's all for a good cause. Everyone knows I have stories, but you can bet Jack has a few of his own."  

Nicklaus is regarded as the greatest champion in golf history. His competitive career spanned five decades with 120 professional tournament victories worldwide, including an unequaled 18 professional major championship titles (six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three Open Championships).   

He is one of only five golfers – along with Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Tiger Woods – who has won all four of golf's modern majors, an achievement referred to as the career "Grand Slam." Nicklaus remains the only player to have completed the career Grand Slam on both the regular and senior tours.  

Through his firm Nicklaus Design, he has designed more than 300 golf courses worldwide, including the Golf Course at Harbor Shores, the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course on Lake Michigan.  

Harrelson, meanwhile, nicknamed Hawk, will forever be known as the voice of the Chicago White Sox for generations of baseball fans. His distinguished broadcasting career, including 33 years with the White Sox, will be celebrated on July 25 when he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as the 44th recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.    

Harrelson, who left the broadcast booth following the 2018 season, is a five-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year. His litany of memorable catchphrases includes "He gone!", "Mercy!" and "You can put it on the board, YES!" as well as nicknames such as The Big Hurt for Frank Thomas, all of which have become part of the Sox lexicon.  

"We are excited and honored to bring these world-renowned celebrity sports figures together for a great cause and what is sure to be a fun and entertaining evening," LMC Vice President, Advancement & Community Impact Doug Schaffer said. "Through the generosity of our community at events like this, LMC can award scholarships to students to help them realize their dream to attend college."  

Tickets are $75. A table of 10 also can be purchased for $750. To buy tickets or learn more, visit lakemichigancollege.edu/legends

For more information, contact Jen O'Flynn at 269-927-6590 or joflynn@lakemichigancollege.edu 

The Golf Course at Harbor Shores 

Harbor Shores has become a premier destination for golfers throughout the Midwest. It has repeatedly been chosen to host one of golf’s premier events –The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid – and is the first beach, golf, and residential waterfront community in Southwest Michigan and the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course on Lake Michigan.  

Just 90 minutes from Chicago, this 18-hole, public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course reflects the high standards of the world’s leading design firm, Nicklaus Design.  

LMC Foundation  

The Lake Michigan College (LMC) Foundation was formed and incorporated in 1986 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization for the purpose of stimulating voluntary, private support from alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations, and others for the benefit of Lake Michigan College.  

The LMC Foundation exists to raise and manage corporate, institutional, and personal donations for scholarships and other resources that support the mission and priorities of Lake Michigan College.  

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores. Photo provided / The Herald-Palladium

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