Actor Dennis Haysbert will serve as the grand marshal of the third annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, a vintage car showcase set for May 2 at the Resort.
Haysbert starred as politician David Palmer in the hit television series “24” and appeared as baseball player Pedro Cerrano in the popular “Major League” film trilogy.
He will spend two days at the Pinehurst Concours in connection with the USO of North Carolina – the event’s main charity.
“It is an honor for me to come and stand behind the USO of NC, our troops and their families for such a recognized event …,” Haysbert said. “Any time we can blend a special event like the Pinehurst Concours with honoring our military and the sacrifices that they make every day, (it) is an absolute pleasure of mine.”
Haysbert, who has appeared in 40 films and 50 TV shows, has performed many USO tours, including recent trips to Italy, Germany, Southwest Asia and Afghanistan. He played Secret Service agent Tom Collin in the 1997 political thrilled “Absolute Power” and Sergeant Major Jonas Blane in the drama series “The Unit.” Haysbert also starred in the Oscar-nominated film “Far from Heaven” alongside actress Julianne Moore.
On Friday, May 1, Haysbert will drive with a heroic solider in the Iron Mike Rally to Fort Bragg. While on base, he will meet and greet troops attending the event, then visit with members of the Fort Bragg Special Forces unit.
Haysbert will address patrons during the Pinehurst Concours’ judged car showcase Saturday, May 2. He will also assist in handing out the event’s coveted awards.
“We’re proud of our strong military connection, which has been a major focus of the Pinehurst Concours from its inception three years ago, and in particular this year’s partnership with the USO of North Carolina,” said Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard. “Having such a recognizable and respected figure as Mr. Haysbert on hand for our event is a great way to help thank our troops and enhance the overall fan experience.”
This year’s Pinehurst Concours collector car showcase will feature some of the world’s finest original and restored vintage cars. Twelve classes are judged and battle for Best in Show with more than 250 cars and motorcycles.
The event will wrap up with a concert from Three Dog Night at 5 p.m. The band will perform on the fairways in an unprecedented concert.
Advance tickets can be purchased online for $40 each by clicking here. Tickets include entry into the Pinehurst Concours and the Three Dog Night concert. Active troops can purchase a $25 ticket to the event at the gate with a valid military ID.