Two years after his young daughter, Skylar, died of leukemia, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil began raising money for cancer research the only way he knew how.
“I know some very attractive women,” he said.
Thus the Skylar Neil Foundation was born. Via porn star-laced poker and golf events, Neil has raised more than $2 million since 1996. Friday was the 14th annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament at Simi Valley’s Lost Canyon Golf Course.
I asked Neil if his style of philanthropy ever raised the hackles of “proper” charities.
“This is the crew I run with,” he said, “and a lot of these guys happen to be well off. Having the girls out here is a really good way to get money out of them.”
At the clubhouse I asked Starr and Dee to pose with some Krispy Kreme doughnuts, thus offering an extra glazing opportunity. Out on the links, Cousin Stevie inappropriately asked me to play his hole. I had him removed. Then the frank and juicy Claudia Valentine gave me an “Up in the Air” moment. Finally, I applied liberal dollops of sunscreen to Joanna Angel, as she is a vampire.
Neil’s charity has raised a serious amount of money with spontaneous lap-based donations (“I think it was Tiffany Granath who got $10,000 out of a guy,” Neil said) as well as auction bids for items such as Motley Crue-signed guitars and rock memorabilia. But I imagine it was not a Red Sox fan who bought the signed Manny Ramirez Dodger jersey.
What was especially fun about Friday’s tournament was that the music floating over the Simi Valley course, which looks like the moon with grass, was not your standard golf muzak. Instead, duffers were treated to liberal doses of AC/DC, Whitesnake (“Slide It In” was particularly appropriate), Motley Crue, and selections from Neil’s new solo album, “Tattoos And Tequila.”
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See also: Skylar Neil Foundation