The Principal Charity Classic is a wonderful community event in the metro area and contributes greatly to the economic vitality and quality of life in central Iowa. The tournament will also serve specifically as a way to raise money for local non-profit organizations supporting children.
Using the FORE Our Kids theme to highlight this important effort the goal is to increase contributions to local arts, culture, health and human services organizations supporting youngsters in our area.
These five outstanding organizations are dedicated to supporting children in the community and will receive the proceeds from the event.
The Principal Charity Classic has given $4 Million in six years to the "FORE Our Kids" Charities.
About Blank Children's Hospital
Blank Children's Hospital was built by A.H. and Anna Blank and opened in 1944 in honor of their son, Raymond. Since that time, the hospital has grown and undergone several renovations to accommodate sick and injured children. Today, Blank Children's Hospital is an 88-bed facility that is committed to family-centered healing, caring and teaching for children across Iowa. With more than 90 pediatric specialists and hundreds of nurses who care "just for kids" Blank Children's is a hospital unlike any other. The number of pediatric medical specialists, programs and services is constantly growing to improve care and meet the changing health needs of children. Blank Children's Hospital is part of the Iowa Health - Des Moines, which also includes Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Methodist West Hospital, John Stoddard Cancer Center and its associated physicians and clinics. To learn more about Blank Children's Hospital visit www.blankchildrens.org
About Bravo Greater Des Moines
Since 2005, Bravo Greater Des Moines (Bravo) has awarded more than Sixteen Million dollars to over 80 art, culture and heritage organizations in the region. Bravo Greater Des Moines, the Region's Art Council is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the metro area's arts and cultural community as a key element of a world-class quality of life. Bravo provides a collaborative focus to nurture and grow the arts by increasing funding through public and private sources. Altoona, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Polk County, Polk City, Urbandale, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights share a portion of their hotel/motel tax proceeds to support Bravo. NOTE: All funding received from the 28E agreements goes directly to support the region's cultural, art, heritage organizations. For further information about Bravo Greater Des Moines and its mission, please go to www.bravogreaterdesmoines.org
About the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation
The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is a donor-driven public foundation whose purpose is to improve the quality of life in Greater Des Moines through philanthropy. Through Community Foundation grantmaking programs and donor funds, $25 million was granted to charitable causes in 2011. The Community Foundation works to build endowment funds that benefit the community forever and helps donors create personal legacies. As a community leader, the Community Foundation improves the quality of life for all by connecting donors with their passions, fostering links between community organizations and convening local leaders to promote the common good. To learn more about the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines visit www.desmoinesfoundation.org
About United Way of Central Iowa
United Way of Central Iowa's mission is to improve lives by uniting the caring power of our community. United Way advances the common good by focusing on lasting change in education, income and health, the building blocks for a good quality of life. In 2011 United Way of Central Iowa earned the Charity Navigator 4-Star rating for the seventh consecutive year. Only 2% of the 5,500 charities rated achieve this distinction. Thanks to central Iowans' generosity, United Way ranks among the top nationally in per-capita giving. We invite you to be part of the change. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED. To learn more about United Way of Central Iowa visit www.unitedwaydm.org
About Variety - The Children's Charity of IOWA
Variety - The Children's Charity of IOWA helps Iowa's children in need. Programs supported by Variety benefit children's hospitals, youth at risk, children with disabilities and more - everything from funding programs to the purchase of medical equipment. Variety is a unique organization that raises money and distributes it to children's programs. All money donated to, and raised by Variety of Iowa stays right here in Iowa helping Iowa's youth. Variety's Kids on the Go Program helps kids gain mobility, confidence and independence by providing bikes, helmets and locks to children who have never had their own bike; specialized adaptive bikes and medical equipment for children with special needs and Variety Vans for children's organizations. All kids deserve to have the same childhood experiences - from bike rides to zoo days - even if they may have to go about it just a little bit differently. To learn more about Variety - The Children's Charity of Iowa visit www.varietyiowa.com