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AKRON, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that $825,000 in charitable funds were generated from the 2019 Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and Ambassador of Golf Event presented by FirstEnergy Foundation. The announcement was made at Firestone Country Club the evening of Monday, December 9 amongst representatives from benefitting charities, Bridgestone Americas, Inc., FirstEnergy, Westfield and Northern Ohio Golf Charities.
“Professional golf in Northeast Ohio has always been about more than just golf,” said Executive Director Don Padgett. “For the last 65 years this sport has aided in developing a strong charitable footprint that positively impacts and directly affects charities in our community. Although the tournament is just one week of the year, we know these donations will be felt by each of the deserving non-profit organizations all year long and we are proud that the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS will continue golf’s charitable legacy in Northeast Ohio for years to come. Thank you to our title sponsor Bridgestone, Founding Partners Westfield and FirstEnergy and all tournament supporters for making this giving possible.”
Key charities recognized at Monday’s ceremony that will benefit by receiving funds include: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Akron Children’s Hospital, The First Tee of Greater Akron, Summa Health System, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and United Way of Summit County.
A new charitable component launched in 2019, the annual Ambassador of Golf Award was transformed into a charitable fundraiser presented by the FirstEnergy Foundation. Due to considerable impact generated by the fundraiser and the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS, additional local charities will benefit from the 2020 event and will be identified in the coming months.
In addition to remarks given by Don Padgett, other speakers included: Nicole Squire, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Strategic Initiatives, Bridgestone Americas Inc.; Don Misheff, Chairman, Tournament Executive Committee; Dan Flowers, CEO, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
“Having a major PGA TOUR Champions event in the City of Akron has done great things for our community,” said Dan Flowers. “Aside from the thrill for fans and economic boom for businesses, countless charities have benefitted from the event. When you see the words ‘Northern Ohio Golf Charities’ on a Foodbank truck or dozens of other vehicles throughout the region, you see the charitable dollars generated by this event on the move, making a significant impact in our community. The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is deeply grateful to have been selected by Westfield as their charitable partner for the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.”
The 2020 Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship will return to Firestone Country Club the week of July 8-12, with The Ambassador of Golf event scheduled for July 9. For general information on the upcoming tournament, please visit bridgestoneseniorplayers.com or contact the tournament office at 330-644-2299.
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