2009 NW Arkansas Championship provides $194,000 to local charities

2009 P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship provides $194,000 to local charities
Key Charitable Focus is Women and Children in Need

ROGERS, AR - The P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship presented by John Q. Hammons has announced that more than $194,000 has been raised this year to benefit local charities. This includes cash contributions totaling $125,000 to five Northwest Arkansas charities benefiting local women and children in need, and additional funds raised through the tournament's charity ticket program. The third-year LPGA Tour event will take place at Pinnacle Country Club September 7 - 13.

Each of the following charities will receive a $25,000 cash contribution in connection with this year's LPGA event in Northwest Arkansas:

- Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter (www.nwawomensshelter.org)

- Peace at Home Women's Shelter (www.peaceathomeshelter.org)

- Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter (www.nwacs.org)

- Benton County Sunshine School (www.nwabcss.org)

- EOA Children's House (www.childrenshousenwa.org)

In addition to these cash contributions representing $125,000, for the second year in a row the tournament also provided an opportunity for a broad range of local charities to sell weekly tournament ticket badges to the event, with each badge valued at $50. The charities are able to keep 100 percent of the ticket proceeds. Currently there are 20 charities throughout Northwest Arkansas selling the weekly badges to benefit the programs of their respective organizations. As part of the charity ticket program, there also is a special matching component to the program which provides an opportunity for the charities to receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds once they reach a threshold level of 50 tickets sold.

As of tournament week, the charity ticket program had raised an additional $69,100, which along with the five cash contributions represents a charitable impact of more than $194,000. The charity ticket program will continue through the end of the tournament on Sunday, September 13, and local charities also have an opportunity to raise funds through parking and concessions during the tournament, so the event's overall charitable contribution in Northwest Arkansas is likely to be in the $200,000 range or more, according to Tournament Chairman Jay Allen.

Allen added that eight local charities sold at least 50 weekly badges and qualified for the special matching funds. These charities include:

- First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

- Pagnozzi Charities

- Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter

- Northwest Arkansas Lightning Soccer Club

- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas

- Literacy Council of Benton County

- Boys and Girls Club of Benton County

- Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club

The funds for the five cash contributions and the charity ticket matching component are made possible by the Walmart Foundation.

"Our LPGA event in Northwest Arkansas is first and foremost an event to benefit this whole community and our quality of life here," Allen said. "The charitable component of our event is a priority for us and we're pleased with the progress we made this year, but we fully expect to build upon and continue to grow our charitable impact in Northwest Arkansas for years to come."

Karen Parker, Walmart Foundation Corporate Giving Manager added, "Events like the LPGA tournament are important as our region continues to grow, and we appreciate the opportunity to work with the tournament in establishing its charitable program in Northwest Arkansas."

For more information on the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship, its charitable beneficiaries and participating charity ticket sellers, please visit www.PGBeautyChampionship.com.

Topics: Press Release, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

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