Great golf. Check. Beautiful weather. Check. Record attendance. Check. Record amount given to charity. Check (literally).
The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo today announced its 2016 tournament raised $2,053,725 for Iowa children’s charities. That’s the biggest annual donation in Principal Charity Classic history. It brings the tournament’s charitable giving total to nearly $10 million in 10 years.
“This community decided a decade ago to put kids first and created a golf tournament to do just that,” said Dan Houston, chairman, president and CEO of Principal®. “Year after year it kept growing. And here we are today giving Iowa children’s charities a record amount of money to help their organizations serve kids. That’s powerful.”
This year’s tournament, held May 31-June 5, attracted a record 83,389 spectators to the Wakonda Club. Principal is celebrating its 10th Anniversary as title sponsor of the Principal Charity Classic in 2016. Wells Fargo also marks a decade as presenting sponsor.
The Principal Charity Classic annually draws some of the biggest names in golf to Des Moines, including this year’s champion, Scott McCarron. Legendary golfer John Daly was also part of the 2016 field in his first year of PGA TOUR Champions eligibility, along with fan favorites Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Jesper Parnevik, Jay Haas, Fred Funk, Kenny Perry, Fuzzy Zoeller, Rocco Mediate and 2015 Principal Charity Classic champion Mark Calcavecchia.
“The Principal Charity Classic features great golf and some of the game’s best players, but what truly makes this tournament special is our community,” said Greg Conrad, Tournament Director of the Principal Charity Classic. “Every volunteer, sponsor and charity partner actively participates in the tournament’s mission of supporting Iowa kids. And that does not go unnoticed by PGA TOUR Champions players, who continually tell us they are inspired to keep coming back – and giving back – to our community, too.”
Funds raised through the tournament support six Tournament Charity Partners in the Des Moines area, as well as more than 100 Iowa children’s charities in the region and across the entire state participating through the Birdies for Charity program. The six Tournament Charity Partners are Blank Children’s Hospital, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Mercy Medical Center, the United Way of Central Iowa and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa.
The 2017 Principal Charity Classic will take place June 6-11, 2017, at Wakonda Club, and Good-Any-One-Day tickets are available for purchase now. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.
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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.
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.