The best ball tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. with foursomes competing for prizes, medals and more.

UPDATE, MARCH 4, 2019: Due to scheduling conflicts, this event has been rescheduled for June, 2019. For more information, call 504-861-4500.

On Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana (NKFL) is taking the party to the next three levels at the new, three-tiered Topgolf Baton Rouge with its inaugural “Swing with Celebs” tournament, in partnership with Topgolf and Guaranty Media.

“Swing with Celebs” has something for everyone – a friendly Topgolf tournament for prizes, hole-in-one competition, delicious food, crafty drinks, mingling with local celebrities and tons of fun. The best ball tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. with foursomes competing for prizes, medals and more. Whether you are an aspiring golf pro or picking up a club for the first time, Topgolf is everyone’s game.

On Friday, March 8, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana will host a Celebrity Auction and Calcutta. Teams will bid on local celebrities, athletes, and socialites to give their foursome a competitive advantage in Saturday’s tournament. In addition, guests and competitors bet on the team(s) based on the rules of the tournament Calcutta. At the end of the tournament, the winning bets will be paid according to the money collected.

Registration is limited and the event is expected to sell-out quickly. So make your reservation today and be the first of your friends to experience the excitement of Topgolf Baton Rouge. Tickets can be purchased at www.kidneyla.org or www.eventbrite.com/e/swing-with-celebs-tickets-55043101398. For more information, call 504-861-4500.

All proceeds from the event will go towards helping Louisiana dialysis and transplant patients receive the best possible care and preventative screening programs. Currently, Louisiana ranks #1 per capita in incidences of chronic kidney disease because of the high prevalence of high blood pressure and diabetes in our population.

Here in Louisiana, there are over 460,000 with chronic kidney disease, and over 10,000 on dialysis. Kidney disease is the 9 th leading cause of death in the United States, causing more deaths than breast cancer and prostate cancer each year.

Thirteen people die each day while waiting for a kidney transplant. There are nearly 135,000 people on the national waiting transplant list, and 1,800 are right here in Louisiana.

Contributed by National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana