June 25, 2014 - Thanks to a new program sponsored by ESCO Corporation, when LPGA fans buy a ticket to the Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions this summer, an Oregon-based charity will receive a donation equal to the entire purchase price of their tickets.
The ESCO Charity Drive enables the Portland Classic to send 100% of ticket revenues to the buyer’s choice of thirteen local charities. Each of the charities is promoting the Portland Classic to their supporters, donors, volunteers and members to drive ticket sales – and thus, needed funds to their worthy causes.
By visiting www.portlandclassic.com fans can purchase tickets and choose which participating charity partner will receive the donation from Tournament Golf Foundation, the charitable nonprofit that owns and operates the Portland tournament. The participating charities are:
American Red Cross
Cascade Pacific Council of Boy Scouts of America
The Forest Park Conservancy
Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington
Junior Achievement/JA BizTown
Lift Urban Portland
Returning Veterans Project
Special Olympics of Oregon
West Women’s and Children’s Shelter
Young Entrepreneurs Business Week
More information on each charity is available in the ESCO Charity Drive section of Portlandclassic.com.
“As a century-old Portland business, being a part of the effort to keep the Portland Classic here become a top priority for ESCO,” said Cal Collins, CEO and President. “We value our history in Oregon and want to ensure the Portland Classic continues to bring economic opportunities to our region while giving our charitable partners the support they need to serve people in our community. All of us at ESCO are thrilled to be a part of this Portland legacy.”
“ESCO’s support is what enables us to drive 100% of ticket revenue to charities without any service charges to the fans,” said Tom Maletis, President of Tournament Golf Foundation. “We are seeing tremendous support of the tournament this year from some of the Portland area’s strongest companies. We are particularly pleased that ESCO is among those companies and chose a sponsorship that directly benefits community charities.”
The Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions will feature the world’s top women professional golfers at Columbia-Edgewater Country Club in Portland, OR, from August 28-31, 2014. The 72-hole tournament features a purse of $1.3 million and broadcast coverage on the Golf Channel all four rounds.
The event draws one of the top fields on Tour annually. Suzann Pettersen, currently 4th in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, won the 2013 tournament with a two-stroke margin over Stacy Lewis, currently 1st in the Rolex Rankings.
The LPGA is enjoying strong growth in recent years, increasing the number of tournaments to 32 and official prize money to over $56 million. 2014 is producing a list of compelling champions, including Michelle Wie, winner of the U.S. Women’s Open last week, and 19 year old Lexi Thompson, winner of the year’s first major. Fan favorites Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Karrie Webb, Jessica Korda, Inbee Park, and Lydia Ko are among those who have taken home LPGA trophies this year.
Proceeds from the Portland Classic benefit children’s charities in Oregon. Through 2013, the event has raised over $17 million for a variety of local organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Trillium Family Services, Oregon Junior Golf, Easter Seals of Oregon, Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, and Evans Scholars Foundation.
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, ESCO Corporation is a leading independent designer, manufacturer and provider of highly engineered wear parts and replacement products used in mining, construction, infrastructure, and oil and gas applications. The company operates in 28 countries on six continents, including an expansive network of 27 manufacturing facilities and more than 50 sales and distribution offices.
About Tournament Golf Foundation
Tournament Golf Foundation, a 501 ( c ) (3) charitable non-profit organization, is a local Portland area group of volunteers who donate their time and provide the primary operation for the annual event. TGF is the longest running organization owning an LPGA tournament and Portland event is the oldest non-major on the LPGA tour.