August 03, 2010
New program helps local charities raise funds through tournament ticket sales
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Potomac, MD - August 3, 2010 - Tournament officials at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship have extended local charitable organizations the opportunity to participate in TICKETS Fore CHARITY, an innovative fundraising platform designed to improve the quality of life in communities where the PGA TOUR & Champions Tour events are held. The program offers registered 501(c)(3) organizations a chance to raise funds by promoting ticket sales to the Champions Tour's final major championship of the year, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship to be held October 7-10 at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, MD.
TICKETS Fore CHARITY enables participating charities to receive contributions based on the number of tickets sold in their name. 100 percent of the net proceeds from AREVA Championship Club tickets purchased through the program will go to the charity promoting the sale. Net proceeds excludes taxes and handling charges.
"Giving back to the community is at the heart of everything we do, so we are very excited about this program" said Steve Schoenfeld, Executive Tournament Director of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. "TICKETS Fore CHARITY is a win-win for all, as it provides a no-risk fundraising vehicle to local organizations and allows spectators a chance to experience world-class golf while positively impacting the lives of those in their community."
To date, the following 501(c)(3) organizations are participating in the program:
ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research
Adult Day Care Corp of Calvert County
Autism Speaks - National Capital Area
FACES of Virginia Families Foster Adoption & Kinship Association
Homebuilders Care Foundation
Jewish Council for the Aging
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
National Guard Youth Foundation
Our Military Kids
PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families
The Family Tree
Towson University Foundation
USO of Metropolitan Washington
Yellow Ribbon Fund
Non-profit organizations interested in participating in the TICKETS Fore CHARITY program may contact Marc Raiken, the PGA TOUR's Community Outreach Program Administrator at 904.543.5112 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase AREVA Championship Club tickets to the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship and designate your favorite participating charity as the beneficiary, please visit www.buytfc.com. A good any day AREVA Championship Club ticket is $20 plus tax and handling.
To date, Defending Champion Jay Haas, World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Watson, Nick Price and Hale Irwin, as well as Jeff Sluman and Craig Stadler have committed to play in the Championship. This year's site, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, which hosted a PGA TOUR event from 1987-2004 and 2006, was recently named No. 12 on Golfweek's list of the "Best New Courses for 2009."
About the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship
The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is one of five major championships on the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour for eligible professionals age 50 and over. Jay Haas won the 2009 event on the East Course at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, MD, against a field of 78 Champions Tour players, one of the strongest of the year. The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship has generated more than $7.5 million for charity since 1992. Since Constellation Energy became the host sponsor of Champions Tour-affiliated tournaments in 2003, more than $3 million has been raised for Maryland charitable organizations. For more information about the 2010 event, please visit the Official Tournament Website at www.ceseniorplayers.com or call the Tournament Office at 410-853-7064.
About Constellation Energy Group
Constellation Energy (www.constellation.com) is a leading supplier of energy products and services to wholesale and retail electric and natural gas customers. It owns a diversified fleet of generating units located in the United States and Canada, totaling approximately 8,900 megawatts of generating capacity, and is among the leaders pursuing the development of new nuclear plants in the United States. The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), its regulated utility in Central Maryland. A FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in Baltimore, Constellation Energy had revenues of $15.6 billion in 2009.
About the Champions Tour
The Champions Tour collectively, has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with 15 World Golf Hall of Fame Members actively competing in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour will feature a minimum of 25 official events offering $48.8 million in prize money in 2009 and its highest average purse ever of $1.95 million. The Champions Tour is a division of the PGA TOUR, Inc., a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older and as such operates under the umbrella of the PGA TOUR which includes the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. The Champions Tour's primary purpose as an entity of the PGA TOUR is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for players age 50 and older; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, Champions Tour events also generate significant sums of money for charity. The commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Michael D. Stevens is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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Media Contact: Maureen Radzavicz, Champions Tour, 904-273-3301, email@example.com
Maryland Charitable Solicitation Disclosure: Sponsored by PGA TOUR, Inc., 100 PGA TOUR Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 32082, 904-285-3700. Registration #18618. Upon request, a copy of the financial statement of the applicable charity is available. Registered with the Secretary of State of Maryland as required by law. For cost of copies and postage, documents and information submitted under Article 6-101 of the Annotated Code of Maryland are available from the Secretary of State of Maryland. Registration is not an endorsement of a public solicitation for contributions. The ticket purchase is not tax deductible as a charitable contribution by the consumer.