South Carolina Charities, Inc. to Select Additional Charity Beneficiaries for 2008 Golf Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 12/12/2007

South Carolina Charities, Inc., the foundation of the BMW Charity Pro-Am, is now accepting applications from 501(c)(3) charities to help raise money by participating in the tournament’s new ticket sales program.

In addition to the 22 charitable beneficiaries announced in November, South Carolina Charities, Inc. will choose up to 50 additional charities to participate in the program. The selected organizations will be given the opportunity to sell $25 Patron (General Admission) tickets and retain 100 percent of the proceeds. As part of the program, each charity will also be encouraged to recruit as many volunteers as possible. After 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.

The one-page application is available online at All completed applications must be turned into South Carolina Charities, Inc. by 5 p.m., EST, January 18, 2008. Charities will be selected by February 8, 2008, and notified by mail.

“With the move of the tournament courses into the heart of our community, we believe that attendance will be at an all-time high, giving us the chance to include more charities than ever before,” said Bobby Hitt, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc. “This is a great way to support them financially. This program allows charities a way to really raise a lot of money. The more tickets they sell, the more money they make.”

Currently, there are already 22 charities that have been selected as tournament beneficiaries. They 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.

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

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