Des Moines, IA (August 7, 2019) – Great golf with even greater giving.
The Principal Charity Classic, presented by Wells Fargo, today announced its 2019 tournament raised more than $5.7 million in support of Iowa kids, topping the event’s previous record of $4.3 million set last year.
The annual PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines has now raised more than $23 million for Iowa kids since Principal signed on as title sponsor in 2007.
“Year after year, we set the bar higher for this event so it’s a very rewarding day when we can share how it continues to grow and exceed expectations.” said Dan Houston, chairman, president and CEO of Principal®. “This giving record is a direct reflection of the community’s support for this world-class golf event and the incredible commitment from our charity partners, fans, volunteers and local, national and global business sponsors.”
The tournament impacts the lives of more than 130,000 kids each year in philanthropic areas including education, health, and arts and culture. Tournament proceeds provide support to six Tournament Charity Partners in the Des Moines area: Blank Children’s Hospital, Bravo Greater Des Moines, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, MercyOne Des Moines, the United Way of Central Iowa and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa. Additionally, it supports nearly 100 Birdies For Charity programs throughout the state.
A milestone year for the tournament’s charitable giving, 2019 also brought one of the most memorable rounds of competitive play in tournament history. Golf fans around the world saw champion Kevin Sutherland rally with a course record 62, then triumph in a two-hole playoff against Scott Parel.
The 2020 Principal Charity Classic tournament will take place May 26-31, 2020, at the historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. To learn more about the Principal Charity Classic or to make an online donation in support of the tournament’s year-round charitable giving efforts, visit principalcharityclassic.com.
About the Principal Charity Classic
The Principal Charity Classic is an annual and award-winning PGA TOUR Champions event dedicated to investing in the future of Iowa kids. In 2019, the Principal Charity Classic raised a record $5.7 million for charity, bringing the tournament’s giving total to more than $23.4 million since 2007.
Tournament funds benefit organizations that provide a broad level of support to Iowa kids in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. Last year, the tournament touched the lives of more than 130,000 children statewide.
For more information, visit principalcharityclassic.com and connect with the tournament on social media at facebook.com/principalcharityclassic, on Twitter @PCCTourney and on Instagram @principalcharityclassic.
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 33 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2019, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Japan, England and Canada, with purses totaling nearly $58 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air in excess of 170 countries and territories, reaching more than 340 million potential households, and distributed in 15+ markets via GOLFTV. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.