PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA Community Relations Program will provide tickets and hospitality opportunities at the 65th Senior PGA Championship for 25 charitable organizations in the Louisville, Ky.-Jefferson County area. The 65th Senior PGA Championship is May 24-30, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
A youth golf clinic opens Championship week, Monday, May 24, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., at Shawnee Golf Course. The clinic will involve 190 boys and girls representing 15 local organizations that include Louisville Urban Youth Golf Program, Metro Parks Junior Golf Program, The First Tee, In School Programs and physically challenged youth programs -- all receiving golf instruction from 20 Kentucky PGA Section Professionals.
The PGA of America will provide grounds tickets to the organizations to attend the Championship, allowing junior golfers to be exposed to championship golf. In addition, adult credentials for all rounds of Championship week will be distributed to participating not-for-profit organizations, where adults may bring up to four juniors free to the Senior PGA Championship. The PGA of America Chalet will host 25 not-for-profit organizations during Championship week. The PGA Foundation has provided $330,000 in funding to support youth golf programs in the Louisville-Jefferson County area.
"The PGA Community Relations Program is one of our Association's most visible initiatives that represents corporate citizens giving back to the local community for their support of a Championship while also continuing our efforts to grow participation in the game of golf," said PGA of America President M.G. Orender. "We are proud of the relationships that we have established within the Louisville-Jefferson County area to encourage young people to learn more about the game of golf and related life skills."
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.
The following 25 non-profit organizations are participating in the PGA Community Relations Program at the 65th Senior PGA Championship:
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kentuckiana -- A local non-profit organization serving children in need of adult role models. In 2003, more than 1,500 children were reached through safety training, waiting list activities or one-to-one matching. In 2003, a 26 percent increase in children getting a Big Brother or Big Sister.
Boy Scouts of America -- Lincoln Heritage Council -- Lincoln Heritage Council annually serves more than 40,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers and Venture Scouts with more than 9,000 dedicated volunteers. The Council serves economically disadvantaged youth and youth with physical and mental disabilities.
Catholic Charities Louisville -- A member of Catholic Charities USA and an apostolate of the Archdiocese of Louisville. Catholic Charities Louisville provides service for people in need, advocates for justices in social structures and calls the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same. Among its services are programs for refugees and immigrants, a prison ministry program and adoption and pregnancy services. The Sister Visitor Center provides among other items, emergency food, clothing, rent, utilities and medicine.
Chestnut Street Family YMCA -- The Young Men Christian Association is dedicated to providing services based on Judeo-Christian principles and that enables all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, income or physical ability to achieve their full potential in spirit, mind and body.
Down Syndrome of Louisville Inc. -- Established in 1991, this non-profit organization expands services to all individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. Its mission is to improve the lives of persons with Down Syndrome and their families by providing support, information, education and advocating for their rights and concerns.
Elder Shelter Network -- To provide temporary shelter and associated services for abused, neglected or exploited senior adults as part of a transition to a safe environment. It serves seniors who had recent experience with physical, sexual, psychological abuse or self-neglect; a caregiver neglecting to meet their daily needs or abandoning them; or financial exploitation.
GuardiaCare -- To promote and support independent and stable lives for persons at financial and physical risk. We offer unique financial management program that provide payee, curator, conservator and guardianship services. The agency has more than $7 million in client assets under management. We strive to prevent caregiver abuse and senior self-neglect and exploitation. The agency also provides caregiver education through community and workplace seminars.
Heuser Hearing Institute (Home of Louisville Deaf Oral School) -- A nationally acclaimed model preschool/kindergarten program and diagnostic center serving deaf and hard of hearing children. Throughout its 56-year history, the Louisville Deaf Oral School has promoted the growth of the whole person. Its curriculum fosters physical, intellectual, social and environmental development.
Home of the Innocents -- Founded in 1880, the Home of the Innocents provides a beacon of hope for the community's most vulnerable children, meeting the needs of medically fragile children and children suffering the effects of abuse, abandonment or neglect. Through crisis care services, community based services and residential programs, the Home of the Innocents provides resources for the development and well being of young people.
Kentucky Opportunities -- An affiliate of The Christian Church of Homes Inc., Kentucky Opportunities supports individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Its mission is to celebrate each individual's unique gifts, talents and life, and to provide opportunities that promote independence, encourage self-fulfillment and retain personal dignity.
Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation Junior Golf Program -- The goal of the program is to offer exposure to the lifetime sport of golf today to all youth of the Louisville Metro area through golf course and recreation center programs, and equip the youth with the life and golf grassroots qualities need for tomorrow.
Louisville Youth Opportunity Network, Kentuckiana Works -- The Louisville Youth Opportunity Network operates under a grant obtained by Kentuckiana Works. It assists youth in receiving training and support needed to have successful careers, positive personal live and become contributing members of their communities.
Louisville Urban Youth Golf Program -- To enable those who are striving toward the mainstream to achieve economic self-reliance and enjoy their rights as equal citizens under the law. As an active partner, leader and catalyst, it also assists African Americans, other minority groups and the disadvantaged attain social and economic equality and stability.
National Kidney Foundation of Louisville -- The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplant. The Cadillac Invitational program enjoyed its 16th anniversary in 2003. Over this 16-year history, more than 230,000 golfers have played in National Kidney Foundation tournaments, generating more than $65 million to help fight diseases of the kidney and urinary tract. These funds provide vital support to programs benefiting the over 20 million Americans who suffer from chronic kidney disease and another 20 million who are at risk.
Presbyterian Community Center -- Founded in 1898, the Presbyterian Community Center tends to the physical, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of families. The center creates opportunities to support, release and strengthen each individual's gifts, so every person can become a fully empowered citizen in the world of today and tomorrow.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana -- Provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill children, while also lending aid to other organizations that serve children. Since opening in 1984, it has served nearly 20,000 families and more than 40,000 individuals.
St. Anthony Community Outreach Center -- An independent non-profit agency providing after-school youth development programs for more than 100 children in Louisville's most impoverished neighborhood. Its mission is to provide and support the physical, economical and emotional health of its children and their families through collaboration and commitment with community leaders and organizations. The Outreach Center provides many structured recreation and enrichment opportunities and programs, including such relevant topics as anger management, career and life skills, drugs and alcohol, gangs, conflict resolution and team building.
St. Joseph Children's Home -- Its mission is "Giving Children a Home," and accomplishes this through a residential home, therapeutic foster care and adoption, and a child development center. The staff of St. Joseph Children's Home is committed to a doing "what ever it takes" philosophy to care for the children, and are involved in ongoing training and certification in programs in social services and child care.
The First Tee of Pine Mountain -- The only First Tee chapter in Kentucky, its goal is to expose the game of golf to children whose only thought of making a living is coal mining.
The Larry Gilbert Foundation -- Established in honor of the late Larry Gilbert, a Champions Tour professional and a three-time PGA Club Professional Champion. The Foundation instills golf's values and respect for the game; and builds integrity, honesty and sportsmanship through the construction of an 18-hole, par-3 golf learning center for the youth in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Louisville -- The largest youth development program in Kentucky, its mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. It provides a safe place to learn and grow ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, hope and opportunity.
Wesley House Community Services -- To empower communities, families and individuals toward self-sufficiency, creating hope and opportunity that result in extraordinary change in the lives of everyone served. The vision is to help individuals to help themselves. Among the programs are the WesKids Development Center, Louisville Works/Kairos, Asset Building, Homelessness Prevention, Wesley Wear Home and Youth Services.
YMCA -- To put Christian principles into practice through programs which promote a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Youth Alive! Inc. -- Committed to empowering youth with the will and the skills to be successful in life by teaching them to be accountable for their actions, to care about and respect themselves, their community and their families. It provides the cornerstone by facilitating and improving the positive development of youth so that they can achieve their full potential.
YouthBuild Louisville -- Engages young adults in creating opportunities for success and lifelong learning for themselves, their families and the entire community. Its programs target young people who have been challenged by personal, social and economic conditions and targets education, skills development, leadership development, social service support and community service activities.
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