2010 P&G NW Arkansas Championship Provides $236,500 in Charitable Contributions
Charity Ticket Sales Raise $66,500
ROGERS, ARK. - The P&G NW Arkansas Championship presented by Walmart has announced more than $235,000 will be donated as part of this year's tournament to benefit local and regional charities. This includes cash contributions totaling $170,000 as well as an additional $66,500 raised through the tournament's charity ticket program. The LPGA Tour event in its fourth year of existence took place Sept. 6-12 at Pinnacle Country Club.
The First Tee was a special focus of the tournament's charity outreach this year, in which 24 participants representing 12 Chapters of The First Tee in Arkansas and five neighboring states competed in the inaugural First Tee MARS Challenge which provided them the opportunity to visit with LPGA Tour professionals during one of the event's Pro-Am days. Twelve of those participants also competed in the live tournament rounds, Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11.
Through the tournament, The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas received a $100,000 gift in support of an initiative to develop a permanent golf facility in the area. Each of the 12 participating First Tee chapters also received individual cash contributions of $5,000.
The tournament also made cash contributions to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and the PGA South Central Section Foundation in support of girl's high school golf programs in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, and Springdale.
In addition to these charitable cash contributions, for the third year in a row the tournament also provided an opportunity for a broad range of local charities to sell weekly ticket badges to the event, with each badge valued at $50. The charities were able to keep 100 percent of the ticket proceeds with the opportunity to qualify for matching funds. Eight charities from throughout Northwest Arkansas participated in this program.
According to Tournament Chairman Jay Allen, seven 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|
|• Junior Auxiliary of Rogers-Bentonville|
|• Youth Bridge|
|• Boys and Girls Club of Benton County|
|• Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club|
"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."
For more information on the P&G NW Arkansas Championship, its charitable beneficiaries, and participating charity ticket sellers, please visit www.NWAChampionship.com.