Three separate events to benefit injured Florida jockey Gary Boulanger have been scheduled in Broward County during the coming weeks.Boulanger, 37, a resident of Pembroke Pines, is currently recuperating from injuries sustained in a bad spill at Gulfstream Jan. 30.On March 22 in Hallandale Beach, a "Jockeys vs. Media" softball game will be held beginning at 5 p.m. in Peter Bluesten Park at Fifth Ave. & Dixie Highway. In addition to the game and the refreshments offered, those in attendance will get a chance to win cash by going up against former major league left-handed relief pitcher Rob Murphy. On March 28, at the Upper Deck Sports Bar and Grille at the Hallandale Beach Boulevard entrance to Gulfstream, a celebrity jockey bartending party will take place beginning at 8 p.m. – with local jockeys serving the crowd in exchange for donations to the Gary Boulanger Fund. In addition to raffle prizes, drink specials, a D.J. and dancing – those in attendance can get their picture taken with their favorite jockey in exchange for a donation to the fund.A Sports Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held March 29 at the Raintree Golf Course on the corner of Palm Ave. & Pembroke Road in Miramar.The tournament is open to the public beginning at 10 a.m., with a noon tee time for the 160 players.Sports celebrities taking part include NBA star Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls; NFL Hall of Famers Bob Griese of the Miami Dolphins and Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants. Also participating will be NHL Hall of Famer Denis Savard (Chicago Blackhawks) and hockey legend Eddie Johnston (Boston Bruins); and Ed Olczyk, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, member of the New York Rangers Stanley Cup Champions in 1994, and former television handicapper at the Meadowlands.
Among the other tournament players will be Hall of Fame jockeys Angel Cordero Jr. and Jerry Bailey.