Wahlberg Hosts Charity Golf Event on Cape

By Cynthia Mccormick – Cape Cod Times
June 26, 2011

MASHPEE — Dorchester-born Mark Wahlberg moved his celebrity charity golf tournament from Hollywood to a bit closer to home this year.

Wahlberg and a cast of celebrities and actors hit the links Saturday at Willowbend Country Club to raise money for the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, a charitable group dedicated to improving the quality of life for inner-city youth.

The event drew several celebrities and athletes, including actors Tony Sirico and Federico Castellucio of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” actor Chris McDonald of NBC’s “Harry’s Law,” Patriots football players Dane Fletcher, Rob Gronkowski and Tully Banta-Cain, and Bruins great Ray Bourque.

Wahlberg, who grew up in Boston, shed a youthful criminal past to star in such movies as “The Perfect Storm” and “The Fighter,” and he co-starred with Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.” Nicholson’s character was based on gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, who also headed home to Boston this weekend, albeit in the custody of law enforcement after being apprehended in California after years on the lam.

Wahlberg usually holds his golf tournament in California, but this year he brought the celebrities to Boston and the Cape.

The event kicked off Friday with a party at Tasty Burger on Boylston Street in Boston attended by Bill Paxton of HBO’s “Big Love” and Boston Bruins Stanley Cup champions Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton.

Participants in the 18 golf foursomes Saturday included Boston Celtics player Carlos Arroyo, actors Jamie Hector and Dominic Lombardozzi of HBO’s “The Wire,” Patriots Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, Red Sox legend Luis Tiant, former Bruins tough guys Lyndon Byers and Jay Miller, legendary NHL enforcer Tie Domi, and actor Kevin Chapman of “Mystic River.”