Volunteer all-stars

Each year, more than 1,200 dedicated and passionate volunteers help ensure the success of Principal Charity Classic. Many of our tournament volunteers return year after year, traveling from all across the United States to serve on their favorite committees.

The Principal Charity Classic thanks all our volunteers for their dedication and service!

2017 volunteer of the tournament: Maggie Hatcher

We are proud to recognize Maggie Hatcher of Harlan as 2017 Principal Charity Classic “Volunteer of the Tournament.”

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.

Hatcher, who will celebrate her 80th birthday in August 2018, 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.”

UPDATE (December 2017) – As Volunteer of the Tournament, Hatcher was a finalist for the PGA TOUR Champions’ Volunteer of the Year award at the conclusion of the 2017 season – and she won! Read more about this exciting honor here.

Way to go, Maggie!

2016 volunteer of the tournament: Avon Crawford

We are proud to recognize Avon Crawford of West Des Moines as 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.

Congratulations, Avon!

Why do our volunteers dedicate their time and talents year-after-year?

“Volunteering for the Principal Charity Classic is one of the ways that I can give back to my community and a charity that has made a significant impact on my family directly, Blank Children’s Hospital. My daughter, Abbie, spent over 2 weeks at Blank when she was 22 months old after contracting the E.coli virus from eating contaminated spinach. Blank Children’s Hospital saved my daughter’s life and volunteering my time over the tournament week to help with an event that will donate a portion of their proceeds to Blank is an easy decision. There are many families out there with stories like ours and thankfully ours had a happy outcome. I encourage any Principal employee or retiree to volunteer for the tournament, your time and effort help to make a direct impact to our community and many lives in the state of Iowa.”

– Kori Welbes, 11-year volunteer veteran

“Volunteering at the Principal Charity Classic has always been an enjoyable experience for me. It is neat to be able to get an inside look at how much time, effort, and the sheer number of volunteers needed to put on an event like the PCC. One of the many things I enjoy about volunteering, is being able to watch some talented professionals play the game of golf, all the while helping raise money for a good cause. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to volunteer again this upcoming year!”

– Nathan Watne, 4-year volunteer veteran

“I enjoy volunteering for the PCC; it’s fun to be a part of an event that brings the community together and raises money for a great cause. Being up close to some great golf has been a cool experience over the years. Volunteers are taken good care of too with great food throughout the week.”

– Mark Ewest, 10-year volunteer veteran

“The tournament is a great community event that spotlights all the things that Principal does to give back to the community. It allows you to meet people from all over the community and is a world class event to attend. People should volunteer because it is away to showcase the great company we work for and to give back to the community we live in.”

– Heather Bacino, 2-year volunteer veteran