Avon Crawford - 2016 Principal Charity Classic Volunteer of the TournamentThe Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo, along with the PGA TOUR Champions, announced today that Avon Crawford of West Des Moines has been named 2016 Principal Charity Classic “Volunteer of the Tournament.”

Crawford, who will celebrate her 76th birthday on June 9, has volunteered at the Principal Charity Classic for nine years. The retired Des Moines school teacher can be found assisting at Volunteer Headquarters each year, ensuring that the more than 1,200 volunteers who staff the tournament stay organized. Golf is also an integral part of Crawford’s family; her son Mike, 51, is an agronomist for the PGA TOUR.

“We are proud to recognize Avon Crawford as the 2016 Principal Charity Classic ‘Volunteer of the Tournament,’” said Loralyn Werkmeister, Principal Charity Classic Volunteer Coordinator. “Avon’s dedication and passion for the Principal Charity Classic sets a wonderful example for all volunteers. We are so thankful for her hard work every year, as well as her terrific representation of our tournament and the Des Moines community.”

As Volunteer of the Tournament, Crawford will receive a commemorative PGA TOUR Champions-logoed clock gift and will become a finalist for the PGA TOUR Champions’ Volunteer of the Year award at the conclusion of the 2016 season. She will also receive a personal note from TOUR President Greg McLaughlin in recognition of her achievement.

Volunteers are always present, but often unnoticed, at all PGA TOUR co-sanctioned events, with more than 1,000 people providing their time and efforts at each PGA TOUR Champions tournament. Because of their selfless dedication to serving these tournaments, the TOUR and its tournaments are able to generate significant sums of money for charity. The PGA TOUR Champions’ charitable mission is an integral component of its value proposition, and charitable donations have a significant impact in the communities served by its events.

Tournament staff, volunteer leaders and PGA TOUR Champions Advance Rules/Operations Officials determined the Volunteer of the Tournament by considering certain qualities and attributes to select an individual who:

  • Made a difference in tournament operations
  • Consistently stepped up to take on additional responsibilities
  • Went beyond assigned duties to create a positive outcome
  • Set an outstanding example for others
  • Despite hardship, handicap or inconvenience, was dependable and performed responsibilities with a cheerful attitude

This year Principal® is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its title sponsorship of the Principal Charity Classic, which is focused on raising funds for Iowa children’s charities. The tournament has raised more than $7.7 million for charity in the past nine years – including a record $1.4 million last year.

For more information, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.

About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. This premier golf event raises contributions for the tournament’s “FORE Our Kids” charities, including: 1) Tournament Charity Partners, select organizations that provide a broad level of support to children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. These organizations are supported through net proceeds of the tournament; and 2) Birdies For Charity Partners, which includes more than 100 additional children’s charities across Iowa that receive support through individual pledges and contributions made prior to and during the tournament.

The 2016 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played May 31-June 5 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com, or via Facebook or Twitter.

About Principal®

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About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game – including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions 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, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.