2012 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Benefits 27 Charities Through Tournament Sponsored Programs

Greenville, SC - 01/30/2012

Presents Upstate Families With An Affordable, Charity-Driven Experience

Twenty-seven Upstate charities will benefit from programs sponsored by the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament.

Each charity will earn funds through volunteer recruitment and sales of tournament tickets and one-day pro-am teams.

“These programs present a risk-free opportunity for the charities to earn funds for their respective organizations,” said Bob Nitto, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc., the non-profit organization that manages the tournament. “With Chanticleer joining Thornblade and The Carolina Country Club in the 2012 course rotation, we have the potential to have more spectators and volunteers than ever before. We hope that translates into more funds for each of our 27 charitable partners.”

In addition to raising money for local non-profits, the tournament presents families with a great opportunity to experience a fun and wholesome outdoor event. One-day tickets to the tournament are priced at $10, and children 14 and under are granted complimentary grounds admission when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Complimentary daily grounds admission is also granted for all active duty, retired, Reserve military and veterans, along with their dependents. Furthermore, parking and shuttle service are included with the purchase of all tickets.

“It’s because of our incredible sponsors that we’re able to keep our ticket prices low, offer free admission to youth and our military and still donate ticket sales funds to our charities,” explained Tournament Director Darin MacDonald. “These sponsors underwrite the cost of the tournament giving families the chance to come out to the course and watch Nationwide Tour pros and celebrities without paying a high ticket price.”

Tournament tickets are now for sale and may be purchased at www.buybmwtickets.com. Charities will receive 100 percent of the funds from all Daily ($10), Patron ($25) and Clubhouse ($50) Credentials. During the checkout process, buyers can choose a charitable beneficiary by selecting one of the 27 organizations from a pulldown menu.

Families are also invited to register to volunteer. Volunteers as young as 14 are invited to become Standard Bearers during the tournament, and, if space allows, family members may be assigned to positions where they’re able to work together.

Volunteer registration for the 2012 tournament opens February 1. Opportunities to volunteer include: hospitality, marshal, scoring, transportation and more.

Individuals interested in volunteering should visit www.bmwcharitygolf.com and click on the Volunteer Registration tab on the left side of the website’s main page. From there, volunteers may choose to register online or via paper application.

“Our volunteers are indispensable; we simply couldn’t run the tournament without them,” explained Tournament Director Darin MacDonald. “Over the years we’ve been fortunate to not only have a great number of volunteers, but to have an amazing group that’s dedicated to helping run the tournament and volunteer their time for charity.”

The Volunteer Registration fee is $50, however, Early Bird Registration ($40) is available through March 9, 2012. The registration fee covers the volunteer package, which includes one tournament golf shirt, one tournament cap or visor, one volunteer credential, one guest credential, one 2012 volunteer pin, as well as food and beverages while volunteering. Volunteer positions are subject to availability and will not be assigned until payment is received.

To donate $40 of the registration fee to one of the tournament’s charities, volunteers must make a note of the organization’s name in the “organization” area of the online or paper application.

For those interested in taking part in a one-day pro-am, twosomes and foursomes are now available in two events occurring during tournament week: The BMW Performance Driving School Pro-Am on Monday, May 14 at Thornblade Club and The Ultimate Driving Machine Pro-Am on Tuesday, May 15 at The Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course. Tournament beneficiaries will receive half of the purchase price for all teams earmarked for their charity. Contact Mike Ivester at 864.630.9276 or mivester@sccharities.org to reserve a team.

The 27 charities that will have the opportunity to earn funds from the tournament are: 100 Black Men of the Upstate, A Child’s Haven, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, Charles Lea Center Foundation, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greenville, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Spartanburg, Children Shelter of the Upstate, Citizen Scholars of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Clement’s Kindness, Defenders for Children, Dogs For Autism, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The First Tee of Greenville, Greenville Tech Foundation, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Hidden Treasure Christian School, Loaves & Fishes, Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, NCCAA, New Foundations Home for Children, Pendleton Place Children’s Shelter, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Scottish Rite Foundation, Spiritual 2-A-Days and The Walker Foundation for the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind.

Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised more than $8.6 million for more than 150 charities.

The 2012 tournament will take place May 17-20, 2012 at Thornblade Club, The Carolina Country Club and Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 14 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club. Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event takes home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000. Amateurs and celebrities compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.

Playing and sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 tournament are available at www.bmwproam.com

For more information about the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660, visit the tournament’s website www.bmwcharitygolf.com or follow the tournament on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BMWCharityProAm.

2012 Ticket information

To order tickets visit www.buybmwtickets.com. One-hundred percent of the purchase price of Daily, Patron and Clubhouse Credentials may be donated to one of the tournament’s 27 charitable partners. Parking is included with all tickets.

*NEW FOR 2012* DAILY GROUNDS CREDENTIAL – $10 – Grants access to the grounds at one of the tournament courses one day during tournament play.

PATRON CREDENTIAL – $25 – Grants access to the grounds at all three tournament courses Thursday, 5/17 thru Saturday, 5/19 and at Thornblade Club on Sunday, 5/20.

CLUBHOUSE CREDENTIAL – $50 – Grants access to the grounds at all three courses and access to the clubhouse at Thornblade Club and The Carolina Country Club Thursday, 5/17 thru Saturday, 5/19. This credential also grants access to the grounds and clubhouse at Thornblade Club on Sunday, 5/20. Clubhouse Credential holders may purchase breakfast, lunch and beverages in the clubhouse at Thornblade Club and The Carolina Country Club.

TWO-MEAL CLUBHOUSE CREDENTIAL – $75 – Includes the same privileges as a Clubhouse Credential plus two meals in the clubhouse dining room at Thornblade Club or The Carolina Country Club.

FOUR-MEAL CLUBHOUSE CREDENTIAL – $100 – Includes the same privileges as a Clubhouse Credential plus four meals in the clubhouse dining room at Thornblade Club or The Carolina Country Club.


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