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    • The Principal Charity Classic Wins Iowa Tourism Award

    The Principal Charity Classic Wins Iowa Tourism Award Outstanding Event/Festival (West Des Moines, IA) - The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo was recently presented the 2011 Iowa Tourism Award for Outstanding Event/Festival. The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 12 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry during the 2011 Iowa Tourism Conference in Okoboji last week. "This is a deserving group of award recipients," said Iowa Tourism Office Manager Shawna Lode. "Each individual or organization positively impacted Iowa's tourism industry and helped grow the state's economy through their investment in tourism promotion efforts." "The 2011 Principal Charity Classic was a tremendous success, attracting a record crowd of 75,000. On behalf of our fans, volunteers, sponsoring businesses and community partners, we're proud and honored to receive this award from the Iowa Tourism office," said Jamie Alt, tournament director of The Principal Charity Classic. Over the past five years, The Principal Charity Classic has raised over $3 million for local children's charities and generates over $20 million in economic impact each year. About The Principal Charity Classic The Principal Charity Classic is an annual Champions Tour event at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines plays host to the event, which is focused on philanthropic giving for designated "FORE Our Kids" charities: Blank Children's Hospital, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, United Way of Central Iowa and Variety-The Children's Charity. The 2012 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played May 29 - June 3, 2012, at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit, or connect with the tournament on Facebook or Twitter. About Iowa Tourism Tourism in Iowa generates more than $6 billion in expenditures, employs 62,000 people statewide and generates $321 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information about Iowa tourism, visit, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.