Archive for May, 2016
Today, at the 77th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, the PGA of America, through its charitable foundation PGA REACH, announced a donation of $100,000 to Benton Harbor Promise, a scholarship program that provides free two-year tuition to a community college or career technical program in Michigan for qualifying Benton Harbor students. The donation was made possible from funds raised through the National Car Rental/Michigan PGA Section Pro-Am and the Senior PGA Championship Pro-Am, both of which were played earlier this week at Point O’ Woods Country Club and Harbor Shores, respectively.
The $100,000 donation was presented to Benton Harbor Promise Chairwomen, Cathy Averill and Dr. Lynn Todman during the Host Community Breakfast, featuring government representatives from the state, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
“We are thrilled and so thankful for the continued support that we receive from PGA REACH each year and its dedication to improving the lives of our young community members,” said Dr. Todman, chairman of Benton Harbor Promise. “This generous donation will help pave the path for future generations in Benton Harbor and continue to inspire young people in our area for years to come.”
Benton Harbor Promise launched its scholarship program in 2011, two years after legislation was signed by then Governor Jennifer Granholm awarding ten Promise Zone designations in communities across Michigan, including Benton Harbor. This year’s graduating class is the sixth class of scholarship eligible students for Benton Harbor Promise.
“Together, with National Car Rental, we are thrilled to invest in the Benton Harbor community, building opportunities and enriching the lives of future generations and residents of this area,” said Scott Kmiec, senior director of PGA REACH. “This donation to Benton Harbor Promise will help provide opportunities for the students of this community for years to come. We look forward to watching the positive impact unfold.”
The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, the most historic and prestigious senior major, features the strongest field in senior golf. Players in this year’s field include 2014 and 2015 Champion Colin Montgomerie, 2012 Champion Roger Chapman and John Daly. For more information about the 77th Senior PGA Championship, or to buy tickets, visit SrPGA.com or call 1-800-PGA-GOLF (800-742-4653).
Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators, has teamed up with PGA REACH – the charitable foundation of the PGA of America – to launch Hit the Green for HOPE, a Memorial Day Weekend campaign in support of PGA HOPE – golf programming for United States military Veterans with disabilities.
Golfers will have the opportunity to take part in the Hit the Green for HOPE promotion at 17 participating Marriott Golf properties nationwide. By donating $10, on a designated par-3 hole at each property, any golfer that hits the green on his/her tee shot receives a certificate valid for 30% off “their next purchase” in the golf shop. All participating golfers who do not hit the green will receive a certificate valid for 15% off “their next purchase” in the golf shop. The certificates are valid for merchandise only, and all certificates are valid through Dec. 31, 2016, at the golf shop of the participating property. 100% of proceeds from the campaign will be used to support and enhance PGA HOPE programming.
PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship Military program of PGA REACH – the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The HOPE program introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities in order to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. Led by PGA Professionals, PGA HOPE is a proven activity that has helped thousands of Veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game of golf provides. All PGA HOPE programming is fully funded by PGA REACH and offered at NO COST for military Veterans.
“Military Veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom, and it’s important that we all do our part, as many struggle with the transition back to civilian life,” said Bill Nault, Vice President, Marriott Golf. “PGA HOPE is a fantastic program that inspires wounded Veterans to learn and play golf as a therapeutic form of their rehabilitation, and it’s rewarding to see Marriott Golf take such an active role in supporting a program that is truly making a difference for thousands of Veterans.”
Participants of HOPE programs include military Veterans living with physical or cognitive challenges such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and amputees, among other challenges. As golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for many Veterans with disabilities, it is only fitting that Veterans who have participated in HOPE programming will be on-site at several participating locations during the Memorial Day Weekend promotional period.
“We are very excited to align PGA REACH and our flagship military program PGA HOPE with Marriott Golf and its portfolio of resort and championship golf venues,” said Scott Kmiec, Senior Director of PGA REACH. “Through programming like PGA HOPE, and thanks to the corporate responsibility of organizations like Marriott Golf, the PGA of America will be in a position to make a more meaningful impact on the lives of America’s military Veterans.”
Participating courses in the Hit the Green for HOPE campaign represent some of the country’s premier championship venues, including: Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix, Ariz.; Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Starr Pass Country Club, Tucson, Ariz.; Desert Springs Golf Resort, Palm Desert, Calif.; Shadow Ridge Golf Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Grande Vista Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla.; The Rookery & Hammock Bay, Marco Island, Fla.; Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Ritz-Carlton Members Club, Sarasota, Fla.; Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Ga.; Griffin Gate Golf Club, Lexington, Ky.; Toftrees Golf Club, State College, Pa.; Gaylord Springs Golf Club, Nashville, Tenn.; Cattails Golf Club, Kingsport, Tenn.; and Westfields Golf Club, Clifton, Va.
For more information on the Hit the Green for HOPE campaign and additional military programming at Marriott Golf facilities, please visit www.MarriottGolf.com. For more information on PGA HOPE, please visit www.pgareach.com.
About Marriott Golf
Marriott Golf manages 50 golf courses in 12 countries across four continents, offering nearly 1,000 holes of championship golf for Marriott International brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Gaylord Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, and Marriott Golf Academy. Marriott has managed golf operations since 1971 and is one of the world’s premier golf operators. Marriott provides golf development expertise, golf management, and consulting services to a unique variety of hospitality environments including resorts, private membership clubs, daily fee courses, golf schools, and franchises. For more information, visit www.marriottgolf.com.
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About PGA REACH
PGA REACH serves as the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. Through the game of golf, PGA REACH fosters inclusion and positively impacts youth, military veterans and diverse communities. Aligned with the PGA of America’s 41 Section offices and charitable partners, PGA REACH leverages the game of golf to make a difference in the communities we serve. For more information please visit www.pgareach.com.