The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo raised a record $1,402,487 to benefit area children's charities in 2015 bringing our nine year total to over $7.7 million .
The Principal Charity Classic is a wonderful community event in the metro area and contributes greatly to the economic vitality and quality of life in central Iowa. The tournament will also serve specifically as a way to raise money for local non-profit organizations supporting children.
Using the FORE Our Kids theme to highlight this important effort the goal is to increase contributions to local arts, culture, health and human services organizations supporting youngsters in our area.
These five outstanding organizations are dedicated to supporting children in the community and will receive proceeds from the event.
Blank Children's Hospital was built by A.H. and Anna Blank and opened in 1944 in honor of their son, Raymond. Since that time, the hospital has grown and undergone several renovations to accommodate sick and injured children. Today, Blank Children's Hospital is an 96-bed facility that is committed to family-centered healing, caring, and teaching for children across Iowa. With hundreds of doctors, nurses, and staff who care for patients from before birth through adolescence, Blank Children's is a hospital unlike any other. The number of medical specialists, programs, and services is constantly growing to improve care and meet the changing health needs of children and families. Blank Children's Hospital is part of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, which also includes Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Methodist West Hospital, John Stoddard Cancer Center, UnityPoint Clinic, and UnityPoint at Home.
To learn more about Blank Children's Hospital visit www.blankchildrens.org.
Bravo Greater Des Moines is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the region’s arts and cultural community as a key element of a world-class quality of life. Sixteen central Iowa municipalities and governments – Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Polk City, Polk County, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights – share a portion of their hotel/motel tax proceeds in support of local arts and cultural initiatives. Since its inception in 2005, Bravo Greater Des Moines has awarded nearly $20 million in funding to more than 90 arts, culture and heritage organizations. Funding provided by The Principal Charity Classic®, in partnership with the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, supports Connecting Kids and Culture. This program provides supplemental funding to Central Iowa schools for grade K-5 students to attend an arts or cultural field experience or host in-class arts education program. Funding provided by Connecting Kids and Culture accounts for 65 percent of all field experiences in Dallas, Polk and Warren County schools.
For further information about Bravo Greater Des Moines and its mission, please go to www.bravogreaterdesmoines.org.
The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines improves quality of life for all by promoting charitable giving, connecting donors with causes they care about, and providing leadership on important community issues...we're simply better together. Through the Community Foundation grant making programs and donor funds, nearly $26 million was granted to charitable causes in 2014. The Community Foundation works to build endowment funds that benefit the community forever and helps donors create personal legacies. To learn more about the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines visit www.desmoinesfoundation.org.
United Way of Central Iowa envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their full potential. We inspire action to improve the lives of central Iowans by focusing on bold community goals in education, income and health—the building blocks for good quality of life. United Way of Central Iowa continues to be recognized nationally in the top 1 percent of charities for our fiscal management and accountability. We invite you to be a part of the change. Because when you give it forward, you get it back—children are better educated, our workforce is better trained, our neighbors are financially stable, our community is healthier. Join us. LIVE UNITED. To learn more about United Way of Central Iowa visit www.unitedwaydm.org.
Variety - The Children's Charity of IOWA helps Iowa's children in need. Programs supported by Variety benefit children's hospitals, youth at risk, children with disabilities, and more - everything from funding programs to the purchase of medical equipment. Variety is a unique organization that raises money and distributes it to children's programs. All money donated to and raised by Variety of Iowa stays right here in Iowa helping Iowa's youth. Variety's Kids on the Go Program helps kids gain mobility, confidence, and independence by providing bikes, helmets, and locks to children who have never had their own bike, specialized adaptive bikes and medical equipment for children with special needs, and Variety Vans for children's organizations. All kids deserve to have the same childhood experiences — from bike rides to zoo days — even if they may have to go about it just a little bit differently.
To learn more about Variety - The Children's Charity of Iowa visit www.varietyiowa.com.