DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, April 20, 2011 -- The EWGA (Executive Women's Golf Association), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, continued one longstanding tradition by making a donation to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) during the 2011 EWGA Golfpalooza Conference in Amelia Island, Fla. EWGA Foundation Board President Margaret Downey presented a check in the amount of $31,446.25 to Carol Corcoran, President of the LPGA Foundation, for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program.
"The support that the EWGA Foundation and EWGA members have shown for Girls Golf over the years has been tremendous and we are very thankful of their efforts," Corcoran said. "The EWGA continues to not only be a great financial contributor to the Girls Golf program but even more importantly their members serve as volunteers for the program and mentors to thousands of girls every year."
Over the past eight years, the EWGA Foundation, through EWGA Chapters and association-wide fundraising efforts, has raised nearly $500,000 in support of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, making the EWGA one of the largest single contributors to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program, aside from the USGA. Many EWGA members also serve as mentors, volunteers and site directors at many Girls Golf sites around the country.
"These funds and the volunteer support provided by EWGA members move us closer to reaching the challenge issued by former LPGA Tour Player Judy Rankin to "put a golf club in the hands of every young girl" adds Margaret Downey, president of the EWGA Foundation. "We want every girl to have the opportunity to get into the game. They are our future."
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is the LPGA's primary junior golf initiative which introduces girls from the ages of 7 to 17 to all areas of the game. The program also teaches the values inherent in the game itself - patience, perseverance, honesty and respect, providing young girls with the building blocks to become future role models both on and off the golf course.
Girls Golf, with over 200 sites around the country and more that 65,000 participants since its inception in 1989, is administered through a partnership between The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation and the United States Golf Association (USGA), both 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
About the Ladies Professional Golf Association
The LPGA was founded in 1950 and today boasts a membership comprised of world-class LPGA Tour professionals and more than 1,300 dedicated Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP). Players on the LPGA Tour, who represent more than 25 countries, compete globally showcasing the very best of women's professional golf. LPGA T&CP members directly impact the growth of the game through teaching, coaching and management positions, and oversee programs aimed at increasing the involvement of women, girls and youth in golf. The LPGA's Vision is to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the best golf professionals in the world. Its Mission is to be a leader in the world of sports, to promote economic empowerment for all members, and to serve as role models on and off the course. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information on the LPGA, log on to www.LPGA.com.
About the EWGA & EWGA Foundation
The EWGA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization formed and supported by the Executive Women's Golf Association. Its mission is to create and fund education and leadership programs for women of all ages. Other initiatives include the development of a golf education curriculum, the 'Women On Par®' scholarship program, and Drive for Dreams outreach program to 'give the gift of golf'.
Since it was founded in 1991 as the Executive Women's Golf Association, the EWGA has enriched the lives of over 100,000 women connecting them to learn, play, and enjoy golf for business and for fun. EWGA chapters provide a wide range of golf, social and networking activities for both new and experienced golfers. A welcoming environment, golf education and player development, and organized play programs are part of the many benefits of EWGA membership.
The EWGA is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. There are currently over 125 chapters throughout the United States with international chapters in Canada. For more information about the EWGA and its membership, visit www.ewga.com.