With strong commitments in support of education, children and the senior community, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation announced today the list of charities that will benefit from the 2017 tournament slated to take place May 15-21 at Thornblade Club, The Preserve at Verdae and Furman University Golf Club.
Among the list of 16 organizations selected are five new charities to the tournament: The Blade Jr. Golf Classic, Blue Ridge Council – Boy Scouts of America, Center for Developmental Services, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, and The Furman Advantage. Returning charities include: BMW Car Club of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, NCCAA, Project Hope Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, SYNNEX Share the Magic, and Upstate Warrior Solution.
“We are very proud that this tournament serves to assist so many worthwhile groups,” said Bob Nitto, President, BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. “Organizations that support education, children and resources for the senior community are true pillars of charity in the Upstate, and we feel very good about focusing on supporting those valuable philanthropic efforts.”
Ticket sales and volunteer hours will again be a major source of fundraising for the participating charities. Volunteers can designate which organization will receive a donation for hours worked, and each charity will receive 100 percent of the proceeds generated by their respective ticket sales.
The Charity Cup is returning for the second year as a third source to generate donations. Each celebrity player will be paired with a charity and will champion online pledges for his or her designated charitable tournament partner, as well as the celebrity’s personal official charity. Pledges are based on the total number of holes played.
“Actor Alfonso Ribeiro was our partner last year, which added another fun element to our participation in the tournament,” said Tracy McReynolds, Donor Development, Greenville Shriners Hospital. “He visited our hospital, and a great social media piece resulted from the time he spent with our kids. We are excited for the awareness and additional donations this element brings.”
Tournament partner charities received $676,252 in 2016, with total donations since the tournament’s inception in 2001 exceeding $12 million. Online volunteer registration opens on February 1, 2017 at bmwcharitygolf.com. For sponsorship and playing opportunities contact Linda Johnson at LJohnson@sccharities.org or 864.517.2383.
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