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PGA Community Relations Program to host 39 Wisconsin non-profits

During PGA Championship week, the PGA of America's Community Relations Program will include a number of events such as Community Days, a Youth and Play Golf America Adult Clinic, and hosting not-for-profit organizations in the PGA Chalet during the practice rounds.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA of America's Community Relations Program will host 39 non-profit organizations from throughout Wisconsin as part of an ongoing tradition of giving back to communities that host the Association's spectator events. The program will be held in conjunction with the 86th PGA Championship, Aug. 9-15, at Whistling Straits-Straits Course in Kohler, Wis.

"The PGA Community Relations Program allows us to achieve the objectives of giving back to the communities which host our major championships and to provide hospitality opportunities to non-profit organizations," said PGA of America President M.G. Orender. "The state of Wisconsin is a proven supporter of golf, a supporter of PGA Professionals and the PGA Championship. We are indebted to the corporate citizens of Wisconsin and to the Community Relations Committee, which features an invaluable support base of volunteers and local organizations that are donating essential services and operational assistance."

The wide-ranging PGA Community Relations Program schedule begins with Community Days, Aug. 7-8, at Whistling Straits main entrance; a Youth and Play Golf America Adult Clinic, Aug. 9, at Oakwood Park Golf Course in Franklin, Wis.; the final season event of the Callaway Golf PGA Junior Series at Tripoli (Wis.) Country Club, Aug. 8-9, which involves Wisconsin youth age 17 and younger; and providing donations, tickets, credentials and hospitality opportunities.

The PGA Community Relations Program for Championship Week includes:

Providing 4,100 credentials to the 39 non-profit organizations from Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee and Sheboygan County. The estimated value to all charities is $225,000. Providing tickets and food vouchers for youth. Selecting three charities -- Fellowship Open, Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation, and Sheboygan Area United Way -- to earn benefits from the sale of 340 tickets to the PGA Distinguished Service Award ceremony and reception, Aug. 11, at the Milwaukee Theatre. The estimated benefit from the total sale of tickets is $17,000.

Selecting The United Way of Sheboygan to benefit from concession sales at PGA Championship Community Days, Aug. 7-8, at the main entrance to Whistling Straits. The United Way of Sheboygan also will receive $1 from all PGA Championship Journal sales.

Restaurant Associates, the food service provider for The PGA of America, hiring the American Red Cross of Sheboygan to provide concession volunteer staffing during Championship Week. An estimated $175,000 will be donated to the American Red Cross for this support.

Providing 134 organizations with Wanamaker Club tickets to auction in support of their fundraising efforts. An estimated $124,000 was generated to benefit these charities.

The PGA of America will host participating not-for-profit organizations in the PGA Chalet during the practice rounds and provide access to the Wanamaker Club during the Championship Rounds.

The 86th PGA Championship's Community Relations Program is organized and coordinated by Chairperson Teri Straub and a committee that includes community leaders and members of the Wisconsin PGA Section.

The PGA of America, founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

PGA Community Relations Program -- Participating Organizations:

AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S THEATRE
Contact: Constance Clark Riemer (414) 283-9588.
Opened in 1989, the African American Children's Theatre, has served hundreds of girls and boys as a vehicle for self-expression and for healing the tragedies suffered through the violence of their neighborhood. AACT uses theatre to teach and develop leadership, citizenship and communication skills, while building self-esteem.

APPLETON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT GOLF INITIATIVE
Contact: Carolyn Barnett-Howe (920) 738-6850.
The Appleton Area School District Golf Initiative's goal is to bring together community resources, businesses and PGA expertise so that the children from all seven communities around the Fox Valley may have affordable, accessible, quality golf education -- for better health, wellness and socio-economic parity. It's mission: "Early and equal access to the wonderful game of golf".

ASSET BUILDERS OF AMERICA INC., MADISON, WISCONSIN -- HQ
Contact: Robert Wynn (608) 273-8343.
The mission of Asset Builders of America Inc. is to improve the quality of life of low and moderate-income youth, families and communities through financial education and wealth-building initiatives.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF DANE COUNTY
Contact: Elaine Stebleton (608) 661-5437, Ext. 17.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County develops and supports long-lasting friendships between children and caring, responsible volunteers to provide a positive experience for both child and adult. These friendships are a strong investment in the future of our community. The Dane County agency boasts more than 10,000 program alumni since 1966.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS MANITOWOC COUNTY
Contact: Tom Kocourek (920) 684-7445.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manitowoc County has been serving children and their families in the Manitowoc County area for the past 30 years. Its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth, primarily through a professionally guided one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, and to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent and caring individuals.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF METRO MILWAUKEE
Contact: India McCanse (414) 267-2455.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee fosters professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adult volunteers and children aged 6 to 17. BBBS mentors provide nurturing friendships that open children's lives to new ideas and experiences while helping them build self-confidence and develop important social, academic and life skills.

BIG BROTHERS & BIG SISTERS OF SHEBOYGAN COUNTY
Contact: Timothy Kaker (920) 458-0111.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County's mission: A partnership of concerned volunteers and professional staff devoted to enhancing the total wellness of children in Sheboygan County who need and want our service. It enriches the lives of these children through the initiation and support of safe, productive long-term friendships with caring, responsible adults." Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring organization "matching" volunteer adults with "at-risk" children.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF GREEN BAY
Contact: Amy Alfonso Sheunemann (920) 494-7090, Ext. 1023.
As a part of the Green Bay community for more than 35 years, the Boys & Girls Club employs programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Its mission statement: "To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens."

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SHEBOYGAN COUNTY
Contact: Jeff L. Mehn (920) 565-4114.
The primary goal of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County is to help young people, between the ages of 8-18, recognize and achieve their potential for growth and development and attain the skills necessary for living in a complex environment. The Boys & Girls Club works to help youth of all backgrounds, with special concern for those from disadvantaged circumstances, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

BREAST CANCER RECOVERY FOUNDATION
Contact: Sue E. Abitz: (608) 821-1140.
The mission of the Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation is to provide environments for women to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically from breast cancer. It sponsors a retreat for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, along with awareness and educational programs for breast cancer survivors, caregivers and medical professionals.

CENTER FOR TEACHING ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Contact: ReDonna S. Rodgers (414) 263-1833.
The Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship was founded in 1991 to research, develop, implement and advocate programs that promote the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and financial literacy, provide an awareness of personal growth opportunities, and build individual responsibility. Its theme: "Your Life is Your Business and Your Business Can Be Your Life."

ELKS JUNIOR GOLF
Contact: Bret Knutson (715) 486-1370.
Elks Junior Golf is a Marshfield, Wis. citywide junior golf program run at Legends Golf Center and River Edge Country Club and sponsored by the Marshfield Elks Lodge. Its mission is to expose all juniors in our area to the game of golf at little or no cost.

EXECUTIVE WOMEN'S GOLF ASSOCIATION (Madison, Wis. Chapter)
Contact: Elaine Rich: (608) 275-3442
The Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1991 and is part of an international network of over 17,000 members in the U.S. and Canada. Its mission: "The EWGA exists to provide opportunities for women to learn, play and enjoy the game of golf for business and for life."

EXECUTIVE WOMEN'S GOLF ASSOCIATION (Milwaukee, Wis. Chapter)
Contact: Mary Beth Buechel (414) 331-7049.
Formed in 1991, EWGA provides opportunities for women to learn, play and enjoy the game of golf for business and life. EWGA is the premier force for promoting women's golf. The Milwaukee Chapter provides members with opportunities to network with other professionals, use golf as a tool for building personal and professional relationships, while maintaining an atmosphere of fun and acceptance and encouraging women of all ages, careers, and backgrounds to learn the game of golf.

FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER INC. -GREEN BAY
Contact: Kathy Toonen (920) 337-0782.
The Families of Children with Cancer, Inc. is a non-profit support group for patients, families & survivors of childhood cancer in northeast Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It offers financial, social and educational assistance, including scholarship aid, wigs, limited financial support, Ronald McDonald House lodging, gas cards, food cards, phone cards and social activities.

ELLOWSHIP OPEN
Contact: John W. Daniels Jr. (414) 277-5103.
In 2001, the Fellowship Open was founded with two objectives: (1) To recognize volunteers and organizations in the City of Milwaukee having a direct and positive impact on youngsters, and (2) To foster a better sense of community inclusion by business and civic leaders of every background. The event has highlighted some of the terrific work that sometimes goes unrecognized in the community. These activities have a proven record of challenging youngsters to reach or and achieve their dreams.

FREEDOM HOUSE MINISTRIES INC. -- Green Bay, Wis.
Contact: Gary LaFave (920) 432-1755.
Freedom House provides children and adults with basic shelter, shared responsibilities, and a structure that includes rules with a set of expectations they achieve during a six-week visit. Since Freedom House's beginning in 1992, it has served more than 500 families, including more than 1,100 children. "It's a place for new beginnings."

HMONG MUTUAL ASSISTANCE ASSOCIATION
Contact: Cha Song Yang (920) 458-0808.
HMAA, a non-profit organization founded in 1980, is the first refugee self-help organization to provide supportive services to refugee families with housing assistance, employment, health, interpretation and translation and short-term counseling. Its mission: "To assist all refugees in their resettlement process in Sheboygan County and to promote opportunities which enable refugee families to become self-sufficient."

HOLY REDEEMER INSTITUTIONAL CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST
Contact: Sedgwick Daniels (414) 466-1800.
HR Academy, Inc. ("HRA") is a 501(c)(3) entity that provides educational services and community empowerment initiatives that will address the needs of an over-populated and under-served urban community. The expressed mission of HRA is addressed through our empowerment project, which will enhance the quality of life for thousands of urban constituents. HRA's capacity to bring to fruition this mission is demonstrated through its more than 40 programs and collaborative efforts that have been recognized a cross America as innovative and progressive.

KOHLER GOLF ACADEMY
Contact is Ji Kim (920) 803-3013.
The mission of Kohler Golf Academy is to create an experience for new players and for existing golfers so that the game can be enjoyed for a lifetime. The Academy's key is to introduce the game to kids and grow interest and fun to maintain the health of the game.

NATIONAL YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
Contact: Matt McKinnon (414) 238-5642.
Since 1968, NYSP has provided youth with academic and sports skill instruction and sports competition to improve their physical fitness and health habits and to become acquainted with career and educational opportunities at a college or university campus. NYSP, in partnership with the NCAA, higher education, governmental agencies and the community, is committed to active participation in sports and education to enable youth from low-income families to enhance the quality of their lives.

NEW HOPE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Contact : Pastor Archie L. Ivy (414) 871-0350.
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church after-school programs provide students grades K-12 with a Christian-centered curriculum. The curriculum promotes positive self-esteem and high academic achievement with a special emphasis placed on reading, writing, math, and computer technology. These programs provide students daily with needed help with homework and enrichment activities.

PLAY GOLF
Contact: Tim Drossart (920) 338-0506.
Its mission is to create a fun learning environment that enhances the character-building skills of golf and to provide kids with the opportunity to continue their development through the Adopt a Golfer Program and the Kids on Course Program.

SENTRYWORLD JUNIOR GOLF PROGRAM
Contact: Brian Dumler (715) 345-8781
The SentryWorld Golf Club junior golf program mission is to introduce and develop juniors in the Central Wisconsin area to golf. In addition to instruction and golfing, part of its initiative is to travel to a tour event and host parent/junior camps and junior golf tournaments.

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SHEBOYGAN AREA UNITED WAY
Contact: Rick Reiss (920) 458-3425.
As a branch of the United Way system, Sheboygan United Way funds 57 programs through other agencies that affect thousands of people's lives to make a positive impact on the community. One of its accomplishments is to be accurately assessing community needs and efficiently addressing those needs, and its mission is to be the recognized leader in addressing the ever-changing needs of Sheboygan County residents.

SHEBOYGAN CHAMPIONS FOR CHRIST COMMITTEE
Contact: Don Silvas (920) 452-6520.
Sheboygan Champions for Christ is a recently organized group of business and church leaders from the Sheboygan area. It represents a partnership of several local churches with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, both their national Golf Division and the Wisconsin-FCA. Its mission is to provide opportunities for junior and adult golfers to develop physically, mentally and spiritually through organized events in conjunction with local professional golf tournaments.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS WISCONSIN
Contact: Bob Whitehead (800) 552-1324, Ext. 201.
Its mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with cognitive disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

ST. MARY'S PARISH & ST. MARY'S VISITATION SCHOOL -Elm Grove, Wis.
Contact: Jayne Archie Surges (262) 782-7057
In the parish mission statement, the youth of St. Mary's work to be witnesses to others that: "United in faith, we live as a prayerful people under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, called to share our gifts through Christian stewardship in our church and world communities. The visible sign of its lifelong commitment is its dedication to worship, education, and service in the Roman Catholic tradition."

THE FIRST TEE GREEN BAY
Contact: Bill Wenzel (920) 833-1500.
The First Tee of Green Bay is located in Seymour, Wis., adjacent to Crystal Springs Golf Course. Its facility consists of three golf holes, putting green chipping green, driving range and clubhouse. Its mission is to teach "life skills" to area kids through affordable golf instruction, and more than 2,000 area kids benefited from its programs in 2003.

THE FIRST TEE OF MADISON
Contact: Jim Thomas (608) 244-1822.
The First Tee of Madison provides instruction and life skills to over 1,000 disadvantaged children in the Dane County area. Its goal is to provide exposure to golf to as many children as possible.

THE FIRST TEE OF MILWAUKEE COUNTY, NOYES PARK
Contact: Adam Wiese (414) 540-3818.
Its mission: "To provide opportunities for young people to learn life skills, experience the enjoyment and education provided through the game of golf. This will be accomplished through tournaments, clinics, lesson programs, camps, scholarships, grants and other necessary vehicles to encourage and promote activity in the game of golf."

THE LEGEND AT BRANDYBROOK JUNIOR CLINIC
Contact: Richard Allen (262) 968-3482.
It mission: "To teach and learn through golf, in a safe and fun environment, life lessons that inspire honor and integrity which will stay with our children the rest of their lives."

THE RIDGES GOLF COURSE (THE FIRST TEE AFFILIATE)
Contact: Todd Goska (715) 424-3204.
In 1996, The Ridges Golf Course began a junior golf program, which includes lessons, match play and our annual junior tournament, and is now an affiliate of The First Tee program. It sponsors the two local high school golf teams, and any of our juniors who want to enter other tournaments around the State are funded through our Junior Golf Foundation.

THE URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER MADISON INC.
Contact: Dr. Deborah Newsome (608) 251-8550.
Since 1968, The Urban League of Greater Madison has continued the grassroots movement for freedom and opportunity started by the National Urban League in 1910. Its mission is "To improve the social and economic conditions of African Americans, other people of color, and the economically disadvantaged in our community."

UNITED COMMUNITY CENTER
Contact: David A. Kaczor (414) 384-3100, Ext. 279.
The mission of the United Community Center (UCC) is to provide programs to Hispanics and near south side residents of all ages in the areas of education, cultural arts, recreation, community development, and health and human services. Its 34 years of experience in serving the Hispanic community has led to the design of diversified, specialized, culturally competent services which reach the entire family and persons of all ages.

UNITED WAY MANITOWOC COUNTY INC.
Contact: Dale K. Moschea (920) 682-8888.
The mission of United Way Manitowoc County Inc. is to provide a volunteer structure to identify and prioritize community needs and to raise and allocate funds to service those needs in an efficient and effective manner." We improve lives by mobilizing our community to create positive sustained changes in community conditions, help provide support in meeting basic needs, promoting health and nurturing self-sufficiency.

WISCONSIN SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Contact: Dr. Floyd Rose (608) 241-5858.
The Wisconsin Supplier Development Council operates under the umbrella of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. The WSDC endeavors to meet the challenge of fostering business development, while increasing the quantity and quality of viable minority suppliers.

YMCA BLACK ACHIEVERS
Contact: Michelle L. Johnson (414) 374-9436.
YMCA Black Achievers' mission is to support and encourage African-American youth in the areas of academics, career exploration and leadership development. Its vision is to become the leading resource in preparing young people for their future, providing leadership experiences for existing and emerging community leaders, and increasing the community reinvestment of local businesses and organizations. Most students participating in the Teen Achievers program are living in the Milwaukee Metropolitan community, with increased interest from suburban students through the Chapter 220 program.

ZABLOCKI VAMC (Veterans Administration Medical Center)
Contact: Denise Jashinsky (414)-384-2000 Ext. 41803.
The Veteran's Organization's mission is rehabilitation and providing recreational opportunities to our veterans.

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