2013 PGA Championship Community Relations

2013 PGA Championship Community Relations: Leaving a Major Legacy in the Local Community

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A major component of the 95th PGA Championship is its Community Relations Program. Designed to support charities within the region of the host club, the PGA Championship Community Relations Program supports qualifying charities and organizations that meet 501(c)(3) status and provide community services in the areas of youth healthcare, youth education, family services, youth sports, and veterans services.

"The 95th PGA Championship's Community Relations Program will impact many community organizations in the Finger Lakes region's nine counties," said Ryan Cannon, championship director of the 95th PGA Championship. "A variety of initiatives, that impact lives through the game of golf, are offered to a diverse group of charities in this program. These initiatives including monetary donations, access to the PGA Championship, youth golf clinics, and volunteer opportunities to name just a few."

There are 12 specific programs currently under way: 

Tickets for Charity Program
Over 80 501c3 charities / organizations from the Finger Lakes region that provide community services in the area of youth healthcare, youth education, family services and youth sports have been selected to receive tickets for their own fundraising activities. Over 300 season grounds tickets were made available for this program. It is expected that approximately $150,000 will be raised from this program.

PGA Championship Community DaysApproximately 35-40 local charities will be invited to attend the 2013 PGA Championship under this program. Each charity will receive an allotment of tickets for the PGA Hospitality Chalet for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. These tickets will provide access to the PGA Hospitality Chalet. Each charity will receive an invitation for two to attend the PGA Distinguished Service Award. This program was created to help local charities enhance and cultivate donor and other stakeholder relations.

PGA Championship Corporate Community Days
PGA Championship corporate hospitality clients are encouraged to allow local charities to utilize their venue during the practice rounds of the Championship. Also, on occasion corporate clients will offer their practice round tickets to PGA Foundation. The PGA has staff and volunteers dedicated to facilitating this program. 

PGA Championship Youth ClinicMonday morning of Championship week with the support of the Western NY PGA Section we will conduct a Youth Golf Clinic for approximately 250-300 youth. After the clinic the participants attend the PGA Championship. Youth from the organizations selected to participate in the Community Relations Ticket for Charity Program will attend the Youth Clinic. The clinic is not open to the public.

Levy Cares Program
Levy Restaurants, the catering and concessionaire partner of PGA of America, will give local charities an opportunity to provide concession stand volunteers in exchange for a monetary donation. It is expected that approximately $150,000 to $200,000 will be raised by this program. In addition, all non-perishable foods and products will be donated to a local food bank.

Giving all people an opportunity to participate in the PGA Championship is a key initiative for PGA of America. Inclusion is directly associated with Community Relations and our responsibility as a corporate partner in the Finger Lakes region. The following are key areas that will create tremendous opportunities as well as help us to fulfill our corporate responsibility to the community by being inclusive of women and minorities:

1. The Championship Committee Chairs
2. The Championship Office
3. The Championship daily attendance
4. Championship Volunteers
5. Selection of charitable organizations
6. Participation of Minority and Women Owned Business

Reach for the GreenReach for the Green was created during the 2008 Senior PGA Championship by a partnership between Oak Hill Country Club, The Community Foundation, and the PGA of America. Since 2008, this program has enabled seven Rochester City School district children to attend college. To date, the PGA of America has committed $75,000 towards this program and many other individuals and local organizations have also committed funds to ensure the sustainability of Reach for the Green well into the future.     

Golf Balls on Parade
As a result of a partnership between The Big Parade and the 2013 PGA Championship, nearly 40 larger than life golf balls are being designed by local artists, sold to regional companies and individuals, and ultimately will be put on display throughout the region for all to enjoy. This unique community art project adds to the excitement of the PGA Championship. In addition, a portion of the sale of each golf ball will be split equally among four charities: Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Golisano Children's Hospital, Reach for the Green, and a charity of each sponsor's choice. It is expected that approximately $65,000 will be raised by this program.   

PGA of America Spouses and PGA TOUR Wives AssociationPGA of America spouses and the PGA TOUR Wives Association have developed a philanthropic collaboration and will volunteer approximately 160 hours of their time during the 95th PGA Championship to assist the Flower City Habitat for Humanity chapter build a home for a deserving resident of Rochester.

In partnership with the four PGA Sections in the State of NY, the 2013 PGA Championship will be conducting a PGA REACH ProAm at Oak Hill Country Club in June of 2013. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase a unique opportunity to play Oak Hill Country Club only weeks before the 95th PGA Championship is contested. All proceeds generated by this event will be allocated towards supporting the foundation work of the four NY PGA sections located in Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and New York City. It is expected that approximately $150,000 will be generated by this unique program.      

PGA H.O.P.E.Helping Our Patriots Everywhere (H.O.P.E) is a 5-week program designed to introduce golf to veterans with disabilities in the effort to enhance a veteran's mental, social, physical and emotional well-being. The PGA Foundation, the Western New York Section PGA, and PGA Professionals will partner with the VA Western New York Healthcare System to initiate this program. The goal is to introduce golf to the veterans with disabilities as an activity to assist them with their progress in rehab along with helping them to assimilate and mainstream into their community and into life.

The 2013 PGA Championship Community Relations Committee
All of these programs happen as a result of the efforts of a diverse and extensive group of individuals with representation from the PGA of America, Oak Hill Country Club, The Big Parade, The PGA TOUR Wives Association, and countless representatives of the local community and ultimately the State of New York.

About the PGA ChampionshipThe 95th PGA Championship will be conducted Aug. 5-11, 2013, at Oak Hill Country Club. The PGA Championship features the strongest field in golf and is considered one of the largest sporting events in the world. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy; including past champions Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Shaun Micheel, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and Walter Hagen.

About the PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.

By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears
its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

About Oak Hill Country Club 
Oak Hill Country Club (Rochester, N.Y.), recognized as one of the finest golf courses in America, has been synonymous with championship golf. In the past three decades alone, Oak Hills' renowned East Course has hosted the 1980 and 2003 PGA Championships, the 1984 U.S. Senior Open, the 1989 U.S. Open, the 1995 Ryder Cup, the 1998 U.S. Amateur, and the 2008 Senior PGA Championship. Since the 1956 U.S. Open, Oak Hill is the only golf club in America to host all six of the men's touring Championships. The 2013 PGA Championship will mark Oak Hill's 11th premier golf championship.