GREENVILLE, S.C. (Jan. 28, 2014) - Officials from South Carolina Charities, Inc., the non-profit that manages the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, announced today that Volunteer Registration and Ticket Sales for the 2014 tournament will open Friday, Jan. 31.
Volunteer registration and ticket sales are two of the three risk-free programs that the tournament provides charities to earn funds. The third program is the selling of teams in the tournament's one-day pro-am events.
"We know that these funds are very valuable to our charity partners, but what many don't realize is how much the charities help SCCI by recruiting volunteers and selling tickets. It's invaluable to our operations," said SCCI President Bob Nitto. "The tournament would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers recruited through these organizations, and having 25 charities on the ground selling tickets is very powerful in getting the word out about the event."
The Volunteer Program gives individuals the opportunity to earn $20 per day for the tournament charity of their choice. Previously, this tournament program capped volunteers at a $60 donation (or three workdays), but under the new program volunteers earn $20 per day worked without a cap. Also, once charities reach 50 volunteer workdays, they receive a $2,500 bonus. Online volunteer registration will open at bmwcharitygolf.com on Friday, Jan. 31.
Volunteers are urged to register early to get the position they desire and to take advantage of early-bird registration, which is $40 until April 19, after which volunteer registration is $50. The fee covers the volunteer's uniform, credentials for the volunteer and a guest to attend the tournament, food and beverages during workdays, the volunteer celebration and more. For full details on volunteering, visit bmwcharitygolf.com.
"The Volunteer Program encourages our volunteers to work more days," said Marti Spencer, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. "They now feel that the additional time they give is making a greater impact. It shows in the number of additional volunteers and the extra dollars we garner. We are grateful to South Carolina Charities for creating new ways to increase our Volunteer Program."
New for 2014, the tournament increased the return on ticket sales from 100 percent to 150 percent of all ticket sales up to $10,000. Organizations will continue to receive 100 percent of sales above $10,000. For example, a charity that sells $10,000 in tickets will receive $15,000. Tickets eligible for the contribution include Daily ($10), Patron ($25) and Clubhouse ($50) Credentials, all of which will be available for purchase at bmwcharitygolf.com beginning Friday, January 31, 2014.
"The core of SCCI's mission is to put on an affordable, family-friendly event and to benefit local charities. Kids 14 and under get in free with an adult ticketholder, and a one-day ticket costs just $10. And every ticket includes access to the Junior Golf Area and the chance to get up close to celebrities and pros - not to mention you're attending a world-class sporting event," said SCCI Executive Director Darin MacDonald. "We believe that there's real value in our tickets, and to be able to give 150 percent of ticket sales back to the charities is simply wonderful."
The third risk-free opportunity for charities to earn funds is through one-day pro-am team sales. Foursomes in a one-day pro-am are $7,000 each, and charities keep $5,000 for each new foursome sold. Furthermore, when a charity sells four foursomes, that organization keeps all $7,000 of the fourth foursome equating to $22,000 in total earnings from $28,000 in sales. For more information about one-day pro-am teams, contact Mike Ivester at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The one-day pro-ams have allowed us to treat our local and national donors to a great day of outstanding golf and face time with Web.com Tour professionals," said Dan Wood, executive director of National Christian College Athletic Association. "The NCCAA gets the credit for a great golf experience without the effort and stress of creating our outing. Plus, with the bonus for the 4th foursome being 100% net profit, our donors embrace the value of supporting us through these events."
The charities selected to benefit from these programs for the 2014 tournament include: 100 Black Men of the Upstate, A Child's Haven, Child Evangelism Fellowship - Greenville, Child Evangelism Fellowship - Spartanburg, The First Tee of Greenville, Furman University - The Riley Institute, Greenville Family Partnership, Greenville Tech Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Harvest Hope Food Bank, JDRF - Greater Western Carolinas Chapter, Make-A-Wish Foundation of SC, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), New Foundations Home for Children, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS), Play Safe, Inc., Project HOPE Foundation, The Reserve at Lake Keowee Charitable Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Scottish Rite Foundation, Set Free Alliance, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville, Vested Partners, and The Walker Foundation for the SC School for the Deaf and Blind.
The 2014 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will take place May 15-18 at Thornblade Club, The Reserve at Lake Keowee and, new for 2014, Green Valley Country Club.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the Web.com Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Web.com Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 16 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday's final round at Thornblade Club.
Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000. Amateurs and celebrities compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.
South Carolina Charities, Inc. (SCCI), the non-profit foundation of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, was created in order to showcase the beauty of Upstate South Carolina and the hospitality of its citizens to the world; to create an event that brings the Upstate a fun and entertaining week centered around professional athletes and world renowned celebrities; and raise money and awareness for South Carolina charities.
The 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation generated $731,152 in charitable donations. Since 2001, the tournament has distributed more than $9.98 million to more than 150 charities, putting the tournament on the road to raising $10 million after the 2014 tournament.
The PGA TOUR announced in January 2014 that it has surpassed $2 billion in all-time charitable giving. The TOUR and its more than 100 tournaments achieved the milestone just over eight years after announcing the first billion was reached in October 2005, 67 years after the first $10,000 donation was recorded at the 1938 Palm Beach Invitational.
In 2013, Clemson University's International Institute of Tourism Research and Development conducted a study of the economic impacts of expenditures related to tournament operations and found that the 2013 tournament generated total direct spending of $4.712 million, supported 139 jobs, generated net local government revenues of $541,048 and net state government revenues of $868,479, and yielded $6.744 million in total output/ impact.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is broadcast around the world for four days. A total of 2.9 million people tuned into Golf Channel's coverage of the 2013 tournament.
Since 2001, more than 109 celebrities have participated in the tournament including Kurt Russell, Wayne Gretzky, Catherine Bell, Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid. The 2014 celebrity participants will be announced in April 2014.
As the most unique tournament on the Web.com Tour, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has many different playing options and sponsorship opportunities to offer. To review these opportunities visit the Sponsorship and Playing Opportunities page of bmwcharitygolf.com.
For more information about the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660, visit the tournament's website at bmwcharitygolf.com or follow the tournament at www.facebook.com/BMWCharityProAm and @BMWCharityProAm.