LA QUINTA, Calif. -

Singer Tony Bennett will headline the Humana Challenge's "welcome party" today.

The invitation-only event will be held at the Empire Polo Grounds in
Indio and is open to participants in the Couples and Bob Hope pro-ams,
according to tournament organizers.

Bennett, a 17-time Grammy winner and two-time Emmy Award winner, has
sold more than 50 million records.

"Mr. Bennett is a legendary performer whose great body of work has
stood the test of time," said Humana Challenge Executive Director and CEO Bob Marra. "We are proud to offer this very special event to thank our pro-am participants and get everyone excited for the first round of the tournament the next day."

Celebrities competing in the tournament include television and radio
host Carson Daly, singer Michael Bolton, rocker Alice Cooper, actor Craig T.
Nelson, comedian Ron White and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.

The Couples Challenge Pro-Am was played Monday on the Nicklaus Private
Course, and the Bob Hope Legacy Pro-Am is scheduled for today on the Palmer Private Course, both at PGA West in La Quinta.

Pros will play on both courses later in the week.

For information and tickets, go to www.humanachallenge.com.