The Five Star Celebrity Classic was started in 1989, by Jaime Kaplan, former professional tennis player, as a 3-day tennis pro-celebrity tournament. While on the WTA Tour, Jaime met several actors and pro athletes who said they were interested in participating in this event to benefit select charities. Names like; Franco Harris, Hank Aaron, Tony O’ Dell, Shirley Hemphill, Lyle Waggoner, and many more participated that first year and helped to raise $23,000.
In 1991, Five Star Mazda came on board and the Five Star Mazda Celebrity Classic was born. When golf was added in 1992, Macon native Kevin Brown started playing in the tournament. As his career blossomed, his involvement in the event did as well. After a few years, his name was added to the event. In 2015, PGA Tour Pro Russell Henley came on board and we now have the Five Star Kevin Brown Russell Henley Celebrity Classic.
In thirty years, this event has netted over $8,001,000 for charities in and around the Macon, GA area.