BMW Charity Pro-Am Seeks Charities for 2009 Tournament; Organizations Apply Online

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 11/05/2008

South Carolina Charities, Inc., the foundation of the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament, is now accepting applications from 501(c)(3) charities to help them raise money for their organizations by participating in the 2009 tournament.

Selected charities will have the opportunity to sell $25 Patron (general admission) Credentials and retain 100 percent of the proceeds. Charities will also have the opportunity to sell playing spots and VIP packages, which can earn their organization additional funds. Participating organizations can also retain the $40 uniform package fee from each of their charity-specific volunteers who sign up and work a minimum of two shifts during the tournament.

The one-page application is available online at (The application can be accessed by clicking on the link featured at the bottom, left-hand side of the website’s home page or by clicking on the “Charities” tab). All completed applications must be turned into South Carolina Charities, Inc. by 5 p.m., EST, November 28, 2008. Charities will be selected in December and notified by mail.

“As we enter 2009 and build off of last year’s record attendance and participation, we will offer charities even more opportunities to raise money through increased involvement with various operational aspects of the tournament,” said Bobby Hitt, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc. “As always, our charitable beneficiaries are vital to the overall success of this tournament and this is another great way to help them generate much-needed funds.”

“Since this tournament began in 2001, our goals have always been three-fold: to showcase the beauty of Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina to a worldwide audience, to stage a professional sporting event with celebrity entertainment in an affordable, family-friendly atmosphere, and to raise money and awareness for charities,” said Darin MacDonald, tournament director. “We continue to look for new and creative ways to do that each year to make this a better tournament. We feel this is another great way to raise money and awareness for our charitable partners.”

The 2009 BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament will be played May 14-17, 2009, at Bright’s Creek Golf Club, The Carolina Country Club and Thornblade Club golf courses. All four rounds will be televised live by the Golf Channel.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am 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 will take home $126,000 from the total purse of $700,000, which is one of the largest purses on the Nationwide Tour, as well as a brand new BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. Amateurs and celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.

The first eight tournaments have raised over $6.6 million for 125+ area charities.

For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament; sponsorship opportunities or volunteerism, call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at

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