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RICHMOND, Virginia – The 2017 Dominion Energy Charity Classic generated more than $400,000 for charities in the Richmond region, tournament officials announced this morning. The PGA TOUR Champions tournament, currently in its third year, is dedicated to giving back charitably in the local community, with a special focus on military support. As a result of the 2017 event, the tournament will distribute funds to the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation to benefit the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Virginia Values Veteran’s program, the Richmond Fisher House as well as 60 additional non-profit organizations in Central Virginia that participated in the Birdies for Charity program. “Dominion Energy is pleased to sponsor an event that not only offers world-class golf and entertainment but also provides net proceeds to charitable organizations that help military veterans and others in need,” said Thomas F. Farrell, II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Energy. “With the incredible support from our sponsors and patrons, more than $400,000 from last October’s Dominion Energy Charity Classic will aid transitioning service members in their quest to find civilian careers and give housing to families of military veterans who are hospitalized at the local VA, among other worthy things. That is great news for our community.” In 2017, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic offered area charities the opportunity to participate in the Birdies for Charity program. Birdies for Charity is designed to give charities the ability to generate contributions through flat donations or based on the number of “birdies” made by PGA TOUR Champions players during the tournament. Organizations such as Boots to Suits, the Grove Christian School, Little Sisters of the Poor and The Faison Center were just a few of the charities that participated and were positively impacted by the program. The tournament also announced this morning that TowneBank, one of three Founding Partners of the event, has agreed to become the Presenting Sponsor of the Birdies for Charity program beginning in 2018. “Elevating local charities in the Richmond community continues to be a driving force for us at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic,” said executive director Steve Schoenfeld. “We were thrilled to have so many local groups participate in the Birdies for Charity program in 2017 and look forward to growing our charitable impact in 2018 and for years to come.” In addition to remarks given today by Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell, guests were also addressed by representatives from Virginia Values Veterans and the Richmond Fisher House. V3 creates employment opportunities for transitioning military service members by helping Virginia employers understand, design and implement nationally recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring and retaining veterans. The Richmond Fisher House provides complimentary onsite housing for military families of hospitalized veterans at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. “Our partnership with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic not only builds public awareness for our Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program, but it provided the opportunity for veterans to secure jobs through the hiring event that was hosted at the 2017 tournament,” said Carlos Hopkins, Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia. “Tournament volunteers, sponsors and staff go above and beyond to make veterans and their families feel welcomed and appreciated for their service to our Nation throughout the entire tournament.” “The Richmond Fisher house has hosted thousands of veterans’ families while their loved ones received treatment at the McGuire VA Medical Center, at no cost to them,” said Jim Cosby, Immediate Past Chairman of the Richmond Fisher House Foundation Board. “This generous contribution will make a direct impact on the quality of life and care for military families and we are so appreciative to be included.” Each year since its debut in 2016, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic has received the annual Players Award as voted by PGA TOUR Champions players as their favorite event of the year. The 2017 event was held last October and won by Bernhard Langer. The 2018 event will return to The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course, to be contested the week of October 18-21, with the top 72 players competing for a $2 million purse.
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