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Pence, Kelley to receive Mad Anthonys Red Coats


– Gov. Mike Pence and Tom Kelley, one of northeast Indiana’s most accomplished golfers, will be honored by the Mad Anthonys with Red Coats as Hoosier Celebrities of the Year.

They will receive the attire at a dinner Aug. 26, in the midst of events leading up to the Tour’s Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

“Both Gov. Pence and Tom Kelley fully embrace and embody what it means to be a Hoosier and recipient of the Mad Anthonys Red Coat,” said Don Banowetz, board president of the Mad Anthonys Foundation.

“Being a part of the Hotel Fitness Championship once again is a continuation of our long-standing tradition of providing Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana a premier Pro-Am charity golf event, while increasing support of the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House and other important causes for children in our region.”

The Mad Anthonys, formed in 1957, are business leaders and professionals who have raised millions for charitable endeavors. Their pro-ams will be at Sycamore Hills on Aug. 25 and 27 and benefit the Hope House, which provides temporary lodging for families with a hospitalized child receiving critical care at any Fort Wayne community hospital, and the Evans Scholars Foundation, which provides full housing and tuition scholarships to deserving caddies across the country.

The Western Golf Association, which organizes the Hotel Fitness Championship, is also part of running the pro-ams.

The Hotel Fitness Championship, the first segment of the Tour’s Finals that help determine PGA Tour cards, was won last year by former Masters champion Trevor Immelman. The tournament runs from Aug. 28 to 31.

Pence, a native of Columbus, was elected Indiana’s 50th governor in November 2012, after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years.

“As a lifelong Hoosier, the Mad Anthonys is an organization I know well and admire, so it is a great honor to be named recipient of the Red Coat,” Pence said.

Kelley is the president of Kelley Automotive Group, which has dealerships in Fort Wayne and Decatur. He is also a former owner of an IndyCar racing team and won the Fort Wayne Golf Association’s Men’s City Tournament a record nine times between 1974 and 2000.

His father, Jim, who founded Sycamore Hills, received a Red Coat in 1998.

“Being born and raised in Fort Wayne and an avid golfer, there are few things more momentous I can think of than the Mad Anthonys and the Red Coat,” Tom Kelley said. “In addition, being able to join my father in the ranks of Red Coat recipients is an incredible opportunity and honor.”

Hotel Fitness CEO Bruce Dye received the Red Coat last year with Pence in attendance.