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Principal Charity Classic raises millions again for Iowa kids.

Tournament raised $6.7M for charity despite being canceled due to COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

 

Des Moines, IA – The Principal Charity Classic, presented by Wells Fargo, today announced its 2020 tournament raised a record $6.7 million in support of Iowa kids.

Despite being canceled due to COVID-19, sustained support from thousands of fans, sponsors, volunteers and generous individuals helped the 2020 fundraising effort to top last year’s record by more than $1 million. In total, the Principal Charity Classic has raised more than $30 million since Principal signed on as title sponsor in 2007.

“The dollar amount is impressive and reflects the generosity of our community during a difficult time,” said Dan Houston, chairman, president and CEO of Principal®.  “More than 95% of our sponsors, ticket holders, and volunteers chose to donate to this year’s event or allocate their donation to next year’s tournament. That is an incredible testament to our collective resilience, and it makes a huge difference in the lives of Iowa children.”

The Principal Charity Classic impacts the lives of more than 130,000 kids each year in philanthropic areas including education and culture, financial security and stability, and health and wellness. The 2020 tournament was originally scheduled for May 26-31, postponed to September, and ultimately canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

“We pivoted several times, but never lost focus on the tournament’s purpose,” said tournament director Douglas K. Habgood. “To give back to Iowa kids at this level during a time like this is remarkable.”

The 2020 tournament trophy – which typically bears the name of the year’s golf champion – lists Iowa children as the winners this year.

Tournament proceeds provide support to four Tournament Charity Partners in the Des Moines area: Blank Children’s Hospital, 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.

Next year’s Principal Charity Classic is set for June 1-6, 2021, at the Wakonda Club. All tickets purchased for the 2020 tournament will be honored in 2021. For more information about the Principal Charity Classic, connect with the tournament on social media through FacebookTwitter or Instagram. 

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 2020, the Principal Charity Classic raised $6.7 for charity, bringing the tournament’s giving total to more than $30 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, 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 35 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. 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.

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Principal Charity Classic Canceled For 2020. Children’s charities still to receive significant support from the event.

 

 

 

 

 

Des Moines, IA – The PGA TOUR Champions and the Principal Charity Classic announced today that the 2020 golf tournament and associated events scheduled for September 1-6 will be canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. While the event will not take place as planned at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, organizers confirmed the tournament remains on-track to raise millions of dollars for Iowa’s children charities.

Title sponsor Principal Financial Group®, along with presenting sponsor Wells Fargo, and other sponsors pledged their continued philanthropic support for the tournament, which has raised $23 million for Iowa children’s charities since 2007 and benefits more than 130,000 kids each year.

“The Principal Charity Classic is about giving back to Iowa kids, and today that cause is more important than ever,” said Dan Houston, chairman, president, and CEO of Principal®. “I want to thank everyone who has shown support for this tournament for the past 12 years. Although world-class golf will have to wait until 2021, I hope you will join us in taking action now to support our charity partners in 2020. As title sponsor, we’ll be honoring our giving commitment to Iowa’s children’s charities and I hope you’ll join us in helping make this year’s Principal Charity Classic beneficial to our community.”

Every dollar raised by the tournament goes to Iowa children’s charities to support programming in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and health and wellness. The tournament will make donations to four charity partners: Blank Children’s Hospital, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center, United Way of Central Iowa and Variety-the Children’s Charity of Iowa.

The Principal Charity Classic will also continue to support its Birdies for Charity program, with pledges going to more than 100 local participating charities. Donation matching funds, of up to 10 percent of each pledge, are provided by Sammons Financial Group and Wells Fargo.

The official announcement of the charitable giving total will be made in September.

All tickets purchased for the 2020 Principal Charity Classic will be honored at the 2021 tournament. Ticketholders can also choose to donate the value of their ticket to charity or request a refund on the Principal Charity Classic’s website. For more information about the Principal Charity Classic, including how to make a donation, please visit PrincipalCharityClassic.com, or connect with the tournament on social media through FacebookTwitter or Instagram. 

Next year’s Principal Charity Classic is scheduled for June 1-6, 2021, at the Wakonda Club.

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 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 2020, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Morocco, Japan, England and Canada, with purses totaling nearly $59 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.

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Principal Charity Classic announces new date for 2020 tournament

 

 

 

 

 

Des Moines, Iowa (March 30, 2020) – The Principal Charity Classic, presented by Wells Fargo, announced today that the 2020 event has been rescheduled. Originally set for May 26-31, the annual PGA TOUR Champions tournament will now be held September 1-6 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines. All tickets purchased to this point will be honored for the new date.

“Iowans have remarkable strength in unifying toward a common cause,” said Dan Houston, Chairman, President and CEO of Principal. “Right now, our collective efforts are focused on immediate response to the current crisis. But when we get through this – and I know we will — we look forward to joining together, once again, at the Principal Charity Classic for great golf in support of Iowa children’s charities.”

Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to be a fluid situation that requires constant review, communication and transparency, and the Principal Charity Classic – working closely with the PGA TOUR – will remain dedicated to all three aspects. On a regular basis, the tournament will provide status updates including any additional protocols put in place to ensure the health and safety of participants, fans, staff and everyone associated with one of Iowa’s most significant philanthropic events.

“As we are all facing significant challenges related to the Coronavirus pandemic, our partners have demonstrated a commitment to the health and safety for all at one of Iowa’s great sporting events with a 12-year history of significant charitable impact,” said Douglas K. Habgood, Principal Charity Classic Tournament Director. “We are used to celebrating the beginning of summer here in Des Moines, now we are poised to end a challenging time on a very positive note thanks to the support of the teams at Principal, PGA TOUR Champions and the Wakonda Club.”

The new date allows the tournament to preserve the event’s philanthropic mission that has been established since the tournament’s inception in 2007. The Principal Charity Classic has raised more than $23 million for Iowa children’s charities during that time, benefitting more than 130,000 kids each year.

Fans are encouraged to stay informed on the developments of COVID-19 through official sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (cdc.gov) and idph.iowa.gov/.

For more information, including purchasing tickets, sponsor and volunteer opportunities, please visit PrincipalCharityClassic.com, or connect with the tournament on social media through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

 

About the Principal Charity ClassicThe 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 for charity, bringing the tournament’s giving total to more than $23 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 ChampionsPGA 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 2020, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Morocco, England and Canada, with purses totaling nearly $59 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.

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Principal Charity Classic Sets New Charitable Giving Record

 

 

 

 

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.

 


Defending Champion Tom Lehman and Hall of Famers Vijay Singh and Bernhard Langer Lead Strong Field for 2019 Principal Charity Classic

Boasts 25 of the Top 30 on Schwab Cup Money List, Includes Four World Golf
Hall of Famers and 15 PGA TOUR Champions Major Winners

 

Des Moines, Iowa (May 24) – The Principal Charity Classic announced the final field list for next week’s tournament. With four World Golf Hall of Famers, 15 PGA TOUR Champions Tour major winners and 12 PGA TOUR major championship winners overall, the 2019 Principal Charity Classic will boast one of the strongest fields ever visiting Des Moines. 25 of the Top 30 on the Charles Schwab Cup Money List will be competing May 30 – June 2 at Wakonda Club.

Defending champion Tom Lehman will defend his title against some of the best players in the world, including former champions Brandt Jobe, Scott McCarron, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Pernice, Jr., Russ Cochran and Jay Haas.

Vijay Singh, winner of 34 PGA TOUR events and three majors, will compete in the Principal Charity Classic for the first time. He has won four PGA TOUR Champions events, including one major.

Singh is joined in the field by fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle and 2019 inductee Retief Goosen.

The 15 PGA TOUR Champions major winners account for 31 major wins on tour. In addition, 12 players hold a total of 19 major wins on the PGA.

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 2018, the Principal Charity Classic raised a record $4,356,321 for charity, bringing the tournament’s giving total to more than $17.7 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.

The 2019 Principal Charity Classic tournament will take place May 28-June 2, 2019, at the historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit principalcharityclassic.com and connect with the tournament on social media at facebook.com/principalcharityclassic, on Twitter @PCCTourneyand on Instagram @principalcharityclassic.

About PGA TOUR Champions 
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 32 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.

 


Principal Charity Classic Launches 2019 Volunteer Registration.

More than 1,200 volunteers support tournament each year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DES MOINES (January 21, 2019) – Invest in the future of Iowa kids by volunteering at the Principal Charity Classic!

Volunteer registration for the 2019 Principal Charity Classic®, presented by Wells Fargo, opens today at principalcharityclassic.com. Since 2007, the Principal Charity Classic has raised more than $17.7 million to help Iowa kids succeed – including a record $4,356,321 in 2018.

The award-winning PGA TOUR Champions event returns May 28-June 2 to historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines.

“More than 1,200 volunteers help bring the Principal Charity Classic to life ever year,” said Jenny Fields, Tournament Manager for the Principal Charity Classic. “They are truly the heart and hands of the tournament – we couldn’t do it without them.”

Volunteer opportunities

Golf knowledge isn’t required to volunteer; in fact, the tournament has a variety of opportunities for golfers and non-golfers alike.

 Volunteer assignments range from on-course marshals, standard bearers and TV spotters to merchandise volunteers, shuttle drivers, Pro-Am operations and more. A full list of committees can be viewed at principalcharityclassic.com.

Committees are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, with placements announced in April.

How to register

Returning and new volunteers must complete online registration at principalcharityclassic.com. Volunteers are required to work a minimum of two (2) shifts, which range from 4-6 hours each, and to make an $89 donation in support of Iowa children’s charities when registering.

All 2019 volunteers will receive the following package, valued at approximately $400, in exchange for their generous donation to support the tournament’s charitable mission:

  • Free admission for tournament week
  • Five (5) gallery tournament tickets to share with friends and family
  • Meals on days of service
  • An invitation to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party
  • The official volunteer uniform – two golf polos and a hat or visor shipped directly to your home
  • A one-time 25% off merchandise discount
  • A preferred parking pass for tournament week

There are also a limited number of junior volunteer opportunities available for individuals age 13-17 during tournament week. Juniors interested in volunteering should use the code JUNIOR when registering online.

 Volunteer incentives

The Principal Charity Classic offers a variety of unique registration incentives for volunteers, including:

  • Register by 4 to be entered to win an inside-the-ropes Honorary Observer experience.
  • Register by March 4 to be entered to win an invitation to the 2019 Tee Off Party at Wells Fargo Arena.
  • Register by April 1 to be entered to win merchandise prize package.

To learn more about these incentives, visit principalcharityclassic.com/volunteer.

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 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 2018, the Principal Charity Classic raised a record $4,356,321 for charity, bringing the tournament’s giving total to more than $17.7 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.

The 2019 Principal Charity Classic tournament will take place May 28-June 2, 2019, at the historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. 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 32 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.

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Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa Named PGA TOUR Champions Charity of the Year.

National award will help fund construction of inclusive playground for children.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – PGA TOUR Champions announced that its 2018 Charity of the Year is Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa, an official tournament charity partner of the Principal Charity Classic®, presented by Wells Fargo.

The Principal Charity Classic, the annual PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines, has raised more than $17.7 million to help Iowa kids succeed since 2007. Last year, the tournament touched the lives of more than 130,000 children statewide.

“Variety is proud to be one of the Principal Charity Classic’s tournament charity partners,” said Sheri McMichael, Executive Director of Variety. “And to be recognized by the PGA TOUR Champions for that partnership and our efforts to provide inclusive play to all Iowa children is a great honor.”

The national Charity of the Year honor celebrates Variety’s commitment to improving the lives of Iowa kids. As Charity of the Year, Variety will receive a $30,000 donation from PGA TOUR Champions. The donation will be used to help fund the construction of the inclusive Variety Star Playground at Riverview Park, which will be Des Moines’ second park with adaptive equipment for children with special needs.

Variety advocates for and improves the lives of children throughout Iowa who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill and/or growing up with special needs. One of Variety’s signature programs is “Bikes for Kids,” which provides bikes, helmets and locks to kids, as well as adaptive bikes for children with special needs. Charitable dollars raised by the Principal Charity Classic have helped fund the donation of more than 100 adaptive bikes.

“The Principal Charity Classic makes a tremendous impact on kids across the state of Iowa, and we’re proud to honor Variety as the PGA TOUR Champions Charity of the Year,” said Miller Brady, President of PGA TOUR Champions. “Variety is one of the many great charities impacted by the Principal Charity Classic, and so many lives have been shaped because of the tournament’s dedication to charitable giving.”

The 2019 Principal Charity Classic will take place May 28 – June 2 at historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines. Tickets are available now at principalcharityclassic.com/tickets.

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About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 32 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.

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 2018, the Principal Charity Classic raised a record $4,356,321 for charity, bringing the tournament’s giving total to more than $17.7 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.

The 2019 Principal Charity Classic tournament will take place May 28 – June 2, 2019, at the historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. 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.

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Principal Charity Classic Sets New Charitable Giving Record.

Annual PGA TOUR Champions event raised more than $4.3 million for Iowa kids in 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DES MOINES (September 12, 2018) – Champion giving for champion kids.

The Principal Charity Classic®, presented by Wells Fargo, today announced its 2018 tournament raised $4,356,321 in support of Iowa kids, besting the event’s previous record of nearly $3.6 million set just one year ago.

The annual PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines has now donated more than $17.7 million since 2007.

“The Principal Charity Classic is invested in the future of Iowa kids, and the tournament’s remarkable impact is truly a shared success story,” said Dan Houston, chairman, president and CEO of Principal. “This year marks the first time the Principal Charity Classic has exceeded $4 million in charitable funds raised – and together, we’re not stopping there.

“With the outstanding support of the community and our many committed partners, we’re looking forward to the Principal Charity Classic giving back in a big way for years to come.”

In 2018, a record 378 companies – from small business owners to international corporations – sponsored the Principal Charity Classic. Principal has served as the event’s title sponsor since 2007, along with Wells Fargo as presenting sponsor.

Helping Iowa kids succeed.

The Principal Charity Classic impacted the lives of more than 130,000 kids statewide last year. And that reach continues to grow.

More than 100 non-profit organizations and K-12 schools throughout Iowa are enrolled in the tournament’s year-round Birdies For Charity program. Participants earn a 10% match on their fundraising efforts thanks to the generous support of Sammons Financial Group, Wells Fargo and the organizers of Party on the Hill, a private, tournament-week event that raised $120,000 in 2018.

Additionally, 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, Mercy Medical Center, the United Way of Central Iowa and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa.

Celebrating Kids Can Champions.

In 2018, Principal introduced a new tournament program called Kids Can Champions to recognize local children who have overcome challenges and made amazing progress in their lives (watch video here).

Tournament Charity Partners were asked to nominate deserving children, ages 5-17, meeting the following criteria: 1) the child faced and overcame a significant challenge; 2) received support from multiple non-profits that benefit from Principal Charity Classic funds; and 3) would serve as an inspirational role model for other kids.

From the nominations received, four local children were selected as the 2018 Kids Can Champions. Each child received a special reward based on their individual passions and goals for the future, ranging from a trip to Wrigley Field to cheer on the Chicago Cubs to a new computer to assist with school work and college applications.

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.

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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 2018, the Principal Charity Classic raised a record $4,356,321 for charity, bringing the tournament’s giving total to more than $17.7 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.

The 2019 Principal Charity Classic tournament will take place May 28-June 2, 2019, at the historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. 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 35 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 2018, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Scotland and Canada, with purses totaling more than $56 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 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.

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Bernhard Langer and Defending Champion Brandt Jobe Highlight 2018 Principal Charity Classic Field.

Tournament competition tees off June 8 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines

DES MOINES (June 1, 2018) – The Principal Charity Classic®, presented by Wells Fargo, today announced the final player field for its 2018 tournament, set for June 8-10 at historic Wakonda Club near downtown Des Moines.

The Principal Charity Classic has raised more than $13 million for children’s charities since 2007, including a record $3,581,427 in 2017. The annual PGA TOUR Champions event is dedicated to helping Iowa kids succeed.

Defending tournament champion Brandt Jobe, who earned his first career PGA TOUR Champions victory at the 2017 Principal Charity Classic, will be joined in the field of 78 competitors by the following:

  • Past Principal Charity Classic champions Scott McCarron (’16), Mark Calcavecchia (’15), Tom Pernice, Jr. (’14), Russ Cochran (’13) and Jay Haas (’07, ’08, ’12).
  • Bernhard Langer, a two-time Masters Tournament champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member. Langer has 37 career PGA TOUR Champions victories, the second-highest total in TOUR history (Hale Irwin leads with 45). This year will mark Langer’s fifth trip to the Principal Charity Classic, where he finished a career-best fourth in 2017.
  • Corey Pavin, winner of the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills and captain of the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team. Pavin, who has 15 career victories on the PGA TOUR, last played at the Principal Charity Classic in 2014. His wife, Lisa (Nguyen) Pavin, grew up in Urbandale, Iowa, and is a University of Iowa graduate.
  • Lee Janzen, a two-time U.S. Open champion and past winner of the PLAYERS Championship. Janzen, who was born in Austin, Minnesota, made his first Principal Charity Classic appearance in 2017.
  • Perennial fan favorites Fred Funk, Tom Lehman, Jesper Parnevik, David Toms and Billy Andrade, who set the current Wakonda Club course record (63) during the second round of the 2016 Principal Charity Classic.
  • Kevin Sutherland, the 2017 Charles Schwab Cup champion. Sutherland finished T2 in his first trip to the Principal Charity Classic last year.
  • Jerry Smith, an Iowa native and 2017 Iowa Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Smith, who received a sponsor exemption to play in the 2014 Principal Charity Classic, went on to earn PGA TOUR Champions Rookie of the Year honors in 2015.

Also included in the 2018 Principal Charity Classic field are five players who received sponsor exemptions:

  • Brian Henninger, a two-time PGA TOUR winner and T2 finisher at the 2015 Principal Charity Classic. Henninger will be making his fifth appearance at Wakonda Club.
  • Len Mattiace, a 2018 PGA TOUR Champions rookie who won twice on the PGA TOUR during his career. Mattiace is often remembered for recording a 7-under 65 in the final round of the 2003 Masters Tournament to earn his way into a playoff with eventual champion Mike Weir.
  • Chad Proehl, an Iowa native and the 2017 Iowa Section PGA champion. Proehl, who is the current teaching pro at Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course, in Waukee, Iowa, has lived in the Des Moines area for the past 33 years. Proehl began his club professional career in 1990 at Wakonda Club and has also worked locally as a golf professional at both Jester Park Golf Course and Echo Valley Country Club.
  • Mike Small, currently in his 18th year as head men’s golf coach of the University of Illinois, his alma mater. This Spring, he coached the team to its fourth consecutive Big Ten title. Small also has competed on the PGA TOUR and the Web.com Tour, is a three-time winner of the PGA Professional Championship, and in 2017, was named the Senior PGA Professional of the Year. Since turning 50, he has played in seven PGA TOUR Champions events.
  • Willie Wood, winner of two PGA TOUR Champions events – including a memorable victory at the 2012 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, where Wood sank a 35-foot birdie at the end of regulation to force a playoff with Michael Allen. Wood will be playing in his eighth consecutive Principal Charity Classic.

Tickets to the Principal Charity Classic start at just $20 and may be purchased online at principalcharityclassic.com/tickets or at the tournament gates. Kids 15 and under may attend the tournament for free if accompanied by a ticketed adult. Complimentary admission is also provided for all active duty, retired, veteran and reserve military along with their dependents.

For more information, visit principalcharityclassic.com.

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About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event dedicated to helping Iowa kids succeed. Since 2007, the Principal Charity Classic has distributed more than $13 million to Iowa children’s charities. In 2017, the tournament donated a record $3,581,427 and touched the lives of more than 130,000 Iowa kids. The event benefits 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.

The 2018 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played June 5-10, 2018, at the historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. 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 35 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 2018, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Scotland and Canada, with purses totaling more than $56 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 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.

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Principal Charity Classic Volunteer Earns 2017 PGA TOUR Champions ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Honors.

Maggie Hatcher has volunteered at the tournament since it began.

DES MOINES (December 8, 2017) – Maggie Hatcher, a longtime volunteer at the Principal Charity Classic®, presented by Wells Fargo, has been recognized as the 2017 PGA TOUR Champions “Volunteer of the Year.”

The award was announced on Thursday night during the TOUR’s annual meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, with Hatcher being selected as this year’s outstanding volunteer across all 26 PGA TOUR Champions events. She was nominated for the award by tournament staff (watch video here).

Hatcher, 79, of Harlan, Iowa, said she was thrilled to accept the honor and wanted to share it with her fellow volunteers at the Principal Charity Classic. More than 1,200 volunteers help bring the annual golf tournament to life each year at historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines.

“When I heard that I had been nominated for this award, I couldn’t believe it,” Hatcher said. “And then to win it…well, I had to sit down. It’s a great honor, and one that so many of my fellow Principal Charity Classic volunteers deserve, too. I’m just very proud to represent them. They are wonderful people.”

Hatcher, who currently volunteers as a marshal on the 14th hole, has made the trek from her hometown of Harlan – roughly 100 miles west of Des Moines – to Iowa’s capital city for the past 17 years and arrives with the energy of someone decades younger. She began volunteering when the event was known as the Allianz Championship (2001-2006) and then continued when Principal became title sponsor (2007 to present).

In addition to serving as a marshal, she has also previously volunteered in radio communications and as a tournament walking scorer.

“Volunteers are the heart and hands of the Principal Charity Classic,” said Assistant Tournament Director Scott Fuller, who also has been with the Principal Charity Classic for 17 years. “And Maggie exemplifies everything that is great about our many wonderful, longtime volunteers. Her smile, enthusiasm and energy are contagious, and her dedication to the tournament inspires everyone around her.”

Hatcher was born and raised on a farmstead east of Harlan, and caught the golf bug while volunteering at the former LPGA event in Springfield, Illinois, in the late 1970s. It was there she met well-known golf operations leader John Montgomery, Sr., who recruited her to join his company, Executive Sports, Inc., in Delray Beach, Florida.

Hatcher migrated south and spent two years working for Montgomery, Sr., whom she credits with teaching her to “never be a phony.” Hatcher said her time in Florida was wonderful, but she missed the changing seasons and eventually returned to Iowa. She later spent 25 years working as a bookkeeper for her local newspaper.

Hatcher, who will celebrate her 80th birthday in August, said she’d like to reach the 20-year mark as a Principal Charity Classic volunteer.

“It’s been a wonderful 17 years, my health is good right now, and the tournament keeps me young,” Hatcher said. “We’re a family as volunteers, and it’s exciting to reconnect with everyone each year. When we see each other again, it’s like we haven’t been apart for 51 weeks. And that’s my favorite thing about it all. It’s the people, and the difference we make together. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

The 2018 Principal Charity Classic will take place June 5-10 at Wakonda Club. Volunteer registration will open in January. For more information, visit principalcharityclassic.com.

About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. In 2016, the Principal Charity Classic was recognized as the PGA TOUR Champions Tournament of the Year. 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. In 2017, the tournament raised a record $3,581,427, bringing its charitable giving total to approximately $13.5 million since 2007.

The 2018 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played June 5-10, 2018, at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com and follow via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 35 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 2018, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Scotland and Canada, with purses totaling more than $56 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 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.

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