Four years ago, this was an excuse for Donnie Wallace and Brian Mitchell to get their friends to come to town for two days of golf and fun.

"It used to be something we just did," Wallace said. "It was about the only time we got to see a lot of these guys."

As with all things, the Brian Mitchell & Donnie Wallace Celebrity Golf Outing has evolved, and now it's an important event not just for those two but for several charities in the Acadiana area.

Sunday's pre-tournament party and Monday's tournament at Le Triomphe, both supplemented by the generosity of sponsors, raised much-needed funds for the UL Lafayette Quarterback Club, Acadiana Outreach and Stuller Place.

"We called this 'Giving Back,' and that's what this is all about now," Wallace said Monday while his celebrity friends were still leading their groups around the renovated Le Triomphe course. "It's really great to see what kind of support we have locally."

This year's two-day event was the largest to date, with 39 teams participating and a celebrity group that included Johnny Hector, Bo Lamar, Joe Ward, Keenan McCardell, Hollis Conway, Jake Delhomme, Tyrone Hughes, Eric Martin, Orlando Thomas, Kevin Faulk and Rickey Bustle.

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Dan McDonald