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    • The Principal Charity Classic Ticket Sales, Volunteer Registration Open Feb. 19

    With just four months until golfers like Hale Irwin and Gil Morgan hit the links, tickets for The Principal Charity Classic are set to go on sale on Monday, Feb. 19 at or by calling the tournament office at (515) 279-4653. For fans of the PGA Champions Tour wanting to step "inside the ropes," volunteer opportunities will be available at the Web site.

    The Principal Financial Group brings the Champions Tour golf tournament to Central Iowa June 5-10, 2007, at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. A field of 78 golf professionals will be competing for a $1.6 million purse.

    Ticket offers include:

    Good-Any-One-Day Ticket: $15 (grounds only admittance for any one day)
    The Weekender: $40 (includes a ticket for Friday-Sunday and are specific to each day)
    Ten Pack: $100 (10 good-any-one-day tickets)
    Ten Pack and a Round: $150 (10 good-any-one-day tickets and a round of golf at Glen Oaks)
    Souvenir Pack: $30 (one good-any-one-day ticket, one Principal Charity Classic T-shirt and cap)
    Family Pack: $150 (10 good-any-one-day tickets, four Principal Charity Classic T-shirts and caps)

    Tournament merchandise, including shirts, hats and golf balls, also will be available for purchase online.

    Hosted by the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, The Principal Charity Classic is presented by Wells Fargo and has a new approach focused on charity and is designed "FORE Our Kids." Event monies raised will benefit a group of five select charities - Blank Children's Hospital, BRAVO, Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, United Way of Central Iowa and Variety-The Children's Charity. As a family friendly event, the entire community is invited to see top notch golfers in action while at the same time providing support to these local organizations.

    "The Principal Charity Classic is an example of Central Iowa at its best - our community working together, having fun and raising money for those in need," said J. Barry Griswell, president and CEO of the Principal Financial Group, the title sponsor for the annual Champions Tour event. "This event will be historic for Des Moines and we want everyone to be part of the excitement."

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer positions range from scoring the pros throughout their round to gallery control on the golf course. Each volunteer is required to buy a volunteer package for $75, which includes more than $300 worth of merchandise and tournament benefits.

    "With the help of more than 1,000 volunteers from the community, the 2007 Principal Charity Classic promises to be one of the most exciting events this year. We invite everyone to get involved," said Jeff Starr, tournament director of The Principal Charity Classic.