PGA TOUR continues to give back in meaningful ways
February 13, 2020
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- February 13, 2020
The PGA TOUR has announced that the organization and its tournaments have achieved $3 billion in all-time charitable giving, which has been made possible by the passion and commitment of the TOUR’s more than 100,000 dedicated volunteers nationwide. To read more, click here.
The PGA TOUR celebrated an exciting milestone on January 27, announcing that the organization and its tournaments have exceeded $3 billion in all-time charitable giving since its first donation at the 1938 Palm Beach Invitational. In 2019, the TOUR achieved a record $201 million in charitable giving, which contributed to an all-time total of $3.045 billion – including donations made by tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Champions, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Series-China.
The PGA TOUR’s charitable mission is made possible by the outpouring of support from more than 100,000 passionate volunteers nationwide, who annually devote countless hours helping to orchestrate tournaments and facilitate charitable programs. Whether they are serving as marshals, assisting the ShotLink committee, or creating special opportunities for local community groups, volunteers play a critical role in helping the TOUR give back in meaningful ways.
Please click through the following articles to read some of the stories highlighting how the TOUR’s tournament volunteers have helped to enrich the lives of those who live and work in tournament communities.
In memory of her late husband, Colonel Brandon Parker, Joy Parker has made the journey from Huntsville, Alabama to Hawaii for more than 25 years to volunteer at the Sony Open with a group of first-time volunteers with military ties who are now known as the“Bama Belles and Bubbas.” To read more about Joy’s volunteer journey, click here.
When Sanum Noun met Rob Greco while volunteering at THE PLAYERS Championship, it was love at first volunteer shift! To hear about their love affair with volunteering and each other, click here.
Volunteering alongside her two daughters, 30-year AT&T Byron Nelson volunteer Elaine Vale received a sweet surprise from PGA TOUR player Keith Mitchell on Mother’s Day. As a thank you for her dedication and commitment, Elaine was presented with three United Airlines plane tickets so she and her daughters could attend THE NORTHERN TRUST FedExCup Playoff event. Watch the surprise video here.
PGA TOUR player Tony Finau came to the rescue of volunteer Bill Patterson after a golf cart accident at the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open – a story that was featured this week on the PGA TOUR’s new podcast, Up & Down. The podcast explores the profound personal connections surrounding the game of golf. To learn more about Tony's heroic efforts, Bill's recovery journey, and the TOUR’s focus on safety, click here.
When Jory Catanzaro of San Antonio joined two co-workers in serving as a Shotlink volunteer for the first time at the Valero Texas Open, little did he know that the experience would bring rewards beyond the opportunity to share camaraderie and give back to his community. Jory was surprised during Media Day as the winner of the 2019 Volunteer Service Excellence Program Sweepstakes. To read more, click here.