Volunteer Registration and Ticket Sales Now Open.
Providing volunteers the opportunity to support their favorite local charity and spectators the chance to purchase tickets in advance for one of the Upstate’s tent-pole events, volunteer registration and tickets sales for the 2016 BMW Charity Pro-Am are now open at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.
“It’s by no mistake that the word ‘charity’ is featured in the name of this longstanding tournament, as the philanthropic component is one of the event elements of which we are most proud,” said Marshall Bettendorf, Tournament Director. “That makes the kick-off of volunteer registration particularly exciting, because supporters are now able to officially pledge the
donation of their time to help the fundraising effort of one of 18 benefitting tournament charities.” The aid of more than 1,000 volunteers is needed to help in a wide range of responsibilities, including walking scoring and skybox hospitality. Each volunteer will earn $20 per day for their chosen tournament charity. Once individual organizations reach 50 volunteer workdays, the
charity will receive a $2,000 bonus.
In 2015, the tournament donated $758,985 to participating charities.“It’s an enormous undertaking, and all volunteers serve a very useful purpose,” said Nancy Smith, Course Volunteer Chairperson. “We also do our best to accommodate volunteers with a
task within their area of expertise or interest, and that includes lifelong golfers as well as those who’ve never picked up a club. For both, there are ‘jobs’ that seem to resonate with more people – so in order to have the widest range of options, it’s a good idea to sign up early.”
Selling tickets to the tournament is another way for charities to earn dollars. Charities will receive 100 percent of ticket sale funds up to $20,000; tickets eligible for the 100 percent donation include the Daily ($10), Patron ($25) and Clubhouse ($50) credentials.
“All three ticket options are available online and offer golf enthusiasts as well as first-time attendees the ability to be a part of a truly unique competition,” said Bettendorf. “Not only will they be able to watch rising stars in the world of golf play a three-course rotation, but will also have the chance to see well-known celebrities teeing off.”
Charities benefiting in 2016 include: BMW Car Club of America Foundation, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greenville, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Greenville Tech Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Christian College Athletic Association, New Foundations Home for Children, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life’s Services, Project Hope Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of
the Carolinas, Shriners Hospital for Children—Greenville, SYNNEX Share the Magic, The First Tee of Greenville, The Reserve at Lake Keowee Foundation, Upstate Warrior Solution, and Urban League of the Upstate.