Volunteers Drive Charity Donations for BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Volunteers are a driving force behind the charitable donations of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, accounting for thousands of dollars in charitable contributions annually.
When individuals register to volunteer for the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, they are given the opportunity to select one of the tournament’s charity partners to benefit from their workdays. For each day worked, the charity receives $20. Further, when a charity reaches 50 volunteer workdays, meaning a $1,000 donation, they receive an additional $2,500. With most volunteers working multiple days at the event, the monetary value of volunteer workdays for the charities supported by the event is significant, and many charities are able to reach the benchmark of 50 workdays.
To volunteer, individuals first pay a $40 registration fee—a standard practice for Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR events. The fee not only covers the volunteers uniform, but it also includes food and beverages during workdays, a daily volunteer celebration and a commemorative volunteer pin, as well as a Patron Credential and Volunteer Credential, which acts as a Patron Credential during non-workdays.
“From an operational standpoint, volunteers make the tournament happen. I say it every year, but without the volunteers the event simply wouldn’t be possible,” said Darin MacDonald, executive director of South Carolina Charities, Inc., the non-profit that manages the tournament. “And then you have the charitable component of volunteering, which serves as a way for our charity partners to earn valuable funds.”
To volunteer, visit bmwcharitygolf.com. Those interested in signing up to volunteer are urged to do so before Early-Bird Registration ends on April 19, when the registration fee will increase from $40 to $50. Volunteer registration will close April 30.
In addition to earning funds from the volunteer program, charities also earn funds by selling tournament tickets and teams in one-day pro-ams. Charities receive 150 percent of the sale of Daily, Patron or Clubhouse Credentials purchased on behalf of their organization. To purchase tickets visit bmwcharitygolf.com. For more information about one-day pro-ams or to purchase a team, contact Mike Ivester at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.297.1660.
The 2014 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will take place May 15-18 at Thornblade Club, The Reserve at Lake Keowee and, new for 2014, Green Valley Country Club.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the Web.com Tour where 168 amateurs and celebrities are grouped with 168 Web.com Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between the three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with celebrities playing once at each course by the end of Saturday’s third round.
After 54 holes, the 10 lowest scoring pro-am teams, six lowest scoring celebrity pro-am teams and 65 low Web.com Tour pros (and ties) will advance to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club. The Professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000. The 10 lowest scoring amateurs (non-celebrities) who play in Sunday’s final round will compete for a share of the $16,000 Kentwool Charity Purse. Amateurs’ winnings will be donated to the tournament beneficiary of their choice, chosen from the 2014 list of 25 organizations.
Twenty-five celebrities will participate in the 2014 tournament, including 10 first-time participants. The new names include Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad”), Golf Channel broadcaster Lisa Cornwell, Debbe Dunning (“Home Improvement”), actor/comedian Bill Engvall, Allstate spokesman and actor Dennis Haysbert (“24”), actor Richard Karn (“Home Improvement”), Jordan Masterson (“Last Man Standing”), two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon, sportscaster and model Win McMurry and Rob Riggle (“The Hangover”).
Returning celebrities include Anthony Anderson (“Guys with Kids”), musician Steve Azar, Catherine Bell (“Army Wives”), Andy Buckley (“The Office”), Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”), Greg Ellis (“24”), Oliver Hudson (“Nashville”), musician Josh Kelley, Greg Kinnear (“Rake”), Danny Masterson (“Men at Work”), John O’Hurley (“Seinfield”), Michael Pena (“Shooter”), Paula Trickey (“The O.C.”), Gary Valentine (“Here Comes the Boom” ) and Patrick Warburton (“Rules of Engagement”).
Since 2001 more than 109 celebrities have participated in the tournament.
South Carolina Charities, Inc. (SCCI), the non-profit foundation of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, was created in order to showcase the beauty of Upstate South Carolina and the hospitality of its citizens to the world; to create an event that brings the Upstate a fun and entertaining week centered around professional athletes and world renowned celebrities; and raise money and awareness for South Carolina charities.
Twenty-five charities have been selected to benefit from the 2014 tournament. These charities have the opportunity to earn funds through ticket sales, volunteer recruitment and one-day pro-am team sales. Learn more about these programs at bmwcharitygolf.com.