Birdies for Charity Raises Over $467,567 in 2018!
Total Tournament Charitable Contribution for 2018 $515,544, Over $2.2 Milion Since 2010!!
The total charitable contributions from the 2018 tournament totaled $515,544. A significant part of the charitable giving was the result of the Birdies for Charity fundraising program that raised $467,567.25 for local charities. The PGA TOUR Champions tournament recruited over 20 charities that participated throughout the community.
Charity began on the golf course with the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in 2010. In 2018, the tradition continues with the Rapiscan Systems Classic. Since the inception of the tournament, over $2.2 million has been raised for local charities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
“In our first year as title sponsor of the Rapiscan Systems Classic, we are thrilled to be a part of such an important event for the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” stated Jonathan Fleming, President of S2 Global - a subsidiary of Rapiscan Systems, Inc. “The Birdies for Charity number is impressive and the engagement of the local charities is outstanding. Congratulations to the charities and their success in 2018.”
The primary goal of the Rapiscan Systems Classic Birdies for Charity Program is for participating 501(c)3 organizations to successfully solicit and collect donations or pledges based on the number of birdies made by the PGA TOUR Champions players during the tournament. Organizations keep 100% of their collected donations, and administrative and promotional costs for the program are covered entirely by the Foundation.
Another exciting aspect of the Birdies for Charity program is the Matching Funds pool. Participating charities that raise $1,000 or more become eligible to receive a match on every dollar raised. The Matching Funds pool is funded by the MGRC Foundation and various fundraisers held throughout the program.
“This is a tremendous effort by all who have been involved in the tournament since the beginning,” stated Jonathan Jones, MGRC Foundation President. “We are excited to grow the charitable number and we are honored to be a part of the Matching Funds pool.”
In addition to the matching funds, the participating charities vie for Bonus Bucks that are awarded to the top four charities raising the most money in the community.
Below is a list of the 2018 Top Four Birdies for Charity Bonus Bucks Recipients:
1stPlace – $7,500 – The Salvation Army
2ndPlace – $5,000 – Humane Society of South Mississippi
3rdPlace – $2,500 – Back Bay Mission
4thPlace – $1,000 – Kindness Foundation
For additional information about the 2019 Rapiscan Systems Classic Birdies for Charity Program, please contact Mary Wesche, Rapiscan Systems Classic Commnity Outreach Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are images from the 2018 check presentation ceremony. Not all charities were present.