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 Facebook, Twitter 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.
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