South Carolina Charities, Inc. Names 2008 BMW Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament Beneficiaries
South Carolina Charities, Inc., the host organization of the BMW Charity Pro-Am, has selected charities from Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina to receive proceeds from its 2008 golf tournament.
The charities are: A Child’s Haven, Inc., Anderson Area YMCA, Palmetto Council Boy Scouts, Blue Ridge Council Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greenville, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate, Camp Greenville, Compass of Carolina, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center), Hidden Treasure, Mountain Area Child and Family Center, National Christian College Athletic Association, Phillis Wheatley Association, Inc., Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, St. Joseph’s School, The Charles Lea Center, The Walker Foundation of The South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, and United Ministries.
Three groups – Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation and Upstate Alliance Educational Foundation – are charitable partners of the BMW Charity Pro-Am and have events that take place as part of the tournament.
“We are very excited about our charities this year and about bringing the tournament to the areas where these local beneficiaries operate,” said Bobby Hitt, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc. “In addition to the money received from the net proceeds of the event, the tournament allows charities to increase the amount of money they receive by selling patron tickets and by placing teams in the Charity Challenge Pro-Am.”
Each of the charities will receive 100 percent of the proceeds for selling General Admission tickets. Each of the charities are also encouraged to field golf teams for the Monday, May 12, Charity Challenge Pro-Am golf tournament to be held at Bright’s Creek Golf Club. The winning Pro-Am team will earn up to $20,000 that will be distributed to the charity of their choice. Each charity is also encouraged to recruit as many volunteers as possible. At the end of the tournament, two names will be drawn from the volunteer corps and a $2,500 donation will be made in their name to the charity of their choice.
“This involvement is an excellent way for the charities to earn even more charitable dollars,” said Darin MacDonald, tournament director of the BMW Charity Pro-Am. “It provides them with a strong sense of involvement with the tournament beyond simply being a beneficiary. The more they put into it, the more they get out of it.”
The 2008 BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament will be played May 15-18, 2008, 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 Nationwide PGA TOUR where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide PGA TOUR professionals in a three-day better-ball competition. Amateurs, celebrities and pros will rotate between each of the 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 will play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $121,500 from the total purse of $675,000, which is one of the largest purses on the Nationwide PGA 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 seven tournaments have raised more than $5.7 million for 80+ area charities.
For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament; sponsorship opportunities, charitable funding or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.