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    • Charity Ticket Program (original release date 11/18/08)

    Columbus, Ohio - November 18, 2008 -

    Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational to
    continue giving all ticket revenue to charity in 2009

    Tournament officials announced today the return of a unique program in central Ohio sports, whereby 100 percent of all general admission ticket revenue will be returned to charity. The Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational Charity Ticket Program is designed to assist participating non-profit organizations make a difference in the central Ohio community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    The Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational Charity Ticket Program not only  provides participating non-profit entities with 100 percent of the profits from all tickets sales generated by, or designated for, their organization. It also includes an additional $20,000 bonus pool which is distributed at the end of the year and allows the involved non-profit organizations to benefit above and beyond what their own organization may generate. Contributing companies receive customized order forms as well as an internet presence at  Patrons purchasing tickets online or at the gate during tournament week, July 27 - August 2, 2009, will be required to select a charity from the available list.

    The inaugural program, launched in 2008 for the second playing of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational, was a tremendous success. A total of 28 companies participated, and including the bonus pool collectively raised more than $77,000 for charity.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    2008 Participating charities included:
    • Alvis House
    • BalletMet Columbus
    • Boy Scouts of America - Simon Kenton Council
    • Columbus Area Inc.
    • Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation
    • Columbus Zoo
    • Development Board of Nationwide Children's Hospital
    • Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio
    • Easter Seals Central & Southeast Ohio, Inc.
    • Flying Horse Farms
    • Goodwill Columbus
    • Heinzerling Foundation
    • Hilliard Education Foundation
    • Mid-Ohio Food Bank
    • Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation
    • Netcare Access Corporation
    • Olentangy Rotary Foundation
    • Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children's Hospital
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
    • Rosemont Center
    • The Buckeye Ranch
    • The ViaQuest Foundation
    • Tri-Village Rotary Club
    • TWIG of Nationwide Children's Hospital
    • Upper Arlington Education Foundation
    • Upper Arlington Rotary Club
    • Wexner Center for the Arts
    • YMCA of Central Ohio

    In it's first two years the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational has raised a total of $__________for charitable organizations in central Ohio. That total marked the largest two-year charitable donation raised by a second-year Nationwide Tour event in the Tour's 19-year history.  The return of the Charity Ticket Program puts The Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in an ideal position to continue to build upon their record setting two year amount. 

    In conjunction with the announced return of the Charity Ticket Program tickets are now officially available for the 2009 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational, to be held July 27 - August 2 at The Ohio State University Golf Club - Scarlet Course.  The tournament integrates the top professionals on the Nationwide Tour with the top amateurs from the collegiate ranks to create a unique field of 144 of the best up and coming players in the United States.

    For questions concerning ticket prices and availability, how to become a volunteer, and general Tournament information please visit or call (614) 764-GOLF. 


    The Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is the only tournament on the Nationwide Tour to operate as an "invitational", providing a unique platform in which the best players on the Nationwide Tour will be joined by a select number of the country's top collegian/amateur golfers in a limited field of 144 players. The tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Nationwide Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at


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