Charity Events at the 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Champioship Presented by P&G

Cristie Kerr hosted a clinic on Tuesday for 25 junior golfers from the First Tee of NW Arkansas.

Let’s Hear It for the Girls

Tuesday June 24th - Cristie Kerr hosted a clinic on Tuesday for 25 junior golfers from the First Tee of NW Arkansas. Kerr interacted with the all-girl group and provided demonstrations on the range as well as one-on-one instruction. The clinic was held in efforts to grow the game of golf, specifically among young girls.

"I feel very lucky that golf has given me the opportunity to give back in a number of ways over the course of my career,” said Kerr. “Whether it’s raising money for breast cancer through my foundation, Birdies for Breast Cancer or military veterans through the Semper Fi fund or being able to participate in junior golf clinics like this one with the First Tee of NW Arkansas to help grow girl’s golf. I am blessed to have fantastic partners like Coca Cola that help make these opportunities possible for me to participate in.”
The clinic was run in partnership with Coca-Cola and Smartwater.

Walmart Awards $450,000 to the Northwest Arkansas Council

Tuesday June 24th - At an event held on Tuesday during the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, Walmart announced a $450,000 grant provided to the Northwest Arkansas Council for projects that foster economic development, diversity and inclusion in the local community.  The grant is part of a commitment by Walmart to fund growth and development in Northwest Arkansas, as it is doing with the world-class LPGA event being held this week in Rogers at Pinnacle Country Club.

“At Walmart, we are dedicated to fostering growth and prosperity in our hometown of Northwest Arkansas,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and President, Walmart Foundation. “That’s why we provide support to organizations like the Northwest Arkansas Council, so we can help further economic development here at home.” 
The grant will impact more than 500,000 local residents throughout the region. The work being accomplished focuses on improving education, job opportunities, quality of life and infrastructure.

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates remain actively involved in many of the projects being pursued by the Council by offering hundreds of hours to participate in Northwest Arkansas-focused meetings and initiatives.

Northwest Arkansas Makes the Kindest Cut

Wednesday June 25th
- The annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths was held Wednesday night at the John Q. Hammons Center, hosted by Neile Jones and Gisel Ruiz with special guests Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, and Razorback football coach Bret Bielema with his wife Jen.  Over 300 ponytails were collected, consisting of eight inches of hair each to make real-hair wigs for cancer patients. Included in that count were five LPGA players—Megan McChrystal, Tiffany Joh, Jacqui Concolino, Stacey Keating and Cindy LaCrosse, who also cut their hair for the cause.

In addition to the exciting event last night, students from area schools got involved during the last week of May at satellite cuts held in Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville public schools. During the aptly-named Pantene Beautiful Lengths Week an additional 82 ponytails were collected.

Golf for the Next Generation

Thursday June 26th - The Mattel Junior Clinic was hosted on Thursday, June 26 at Pinnacle Country Club for local children with an interest in golf. University of Arkansas women’s golf coach Shauna Estes Taylor hosted a two-hour clinic with over 100 participants from the Boys & Girls Club, The First Tee and Pinnacle Country Club Junior Golfers. LPGA player Brooke Pancake and tournament sponsor exemption Gabby Lopez stopped by to offer their tips and tricks to the up and coming golfers. The clinic was hosted with the purpose of promoting the game of golf to juniors in Northwest Arkansas.

Food for Thought

Thursday June 26th - LPGA golfers Sydney Michaels and Stacey Keating helped Kraft Foods pack the NWA Food Bank’s truck with over 1.5 tons of food on Thursday in a ceremony held in front of the Pinnacle Country Club Clubhouse. In addition to the donated food, Kraft Foods and tournament presented the food bank with a $10,000 donation to help fight hunger in Northwest Arkansas. The NWA Food Bank serves over 700,000 people annually in Benton, Washington, Madison and Carroll counties.

Topics: Press Release, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Charity Event

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