The World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and Northern Ohio Golf Charities today announced more than $1.08 million in charitable funds given to Northeast Ohio in connection with the 2012 tournament. The announcement was made at the annual Bridgestone Invitational, Northern Ohio Golf Charities Luncheon held at the Firestone Country Club, the venue of the WGC event.
Representatives from Bridgestone Americas, Inc., the PGA TOUR and Northern Ohio Golf Charities attended the luncheon to celebrate the charitable aspects of the tournament and announce the recipients of the donations. Of the total raised, $924,943 in grants were made to 49 charities throughout the region; $85,079 was raised in connection with the Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio, Akron Race for the Cure held at Firestone Country Club (which kicked off tournament week); $63,682 was generated through Tickets Fore Charity, a unique program that gives charities the opportunity to promote ticket sales and receive 75 percent of the ticket price; and $14,138 was collected through the Birdies Fore Charity fundraising program promoted by Akron Children's Hospital.
Charities in attendance included: The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and the Ronald McDonald House® of Akron the anchor charities of the Bridgestone Invitational; Akron Children's Hospital; University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital; Youth Challenge; Shelter Care; Elves & More, and Cleveland Kids in Need.
"Thanks to the support of the PGA TOUR and this entire community, the positive reach of the Bridgestone Invitational is felt throughout the year," said Tom Van Auker, President, Executive Committee, Northern Ohio Golf Charities. "Today, we recognize the support generated by this world-class event and the impact on numerous individuals throughout Northeast Ohio."
For the fourth year, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. funded an additional $5,000 contribution to a charitable organization. The 2012 Bridgestone Award was presented to Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, which promotes the health and wellness of individuals with physical disabilities by providing competitive and recreational adaptive sport opportunities.
"One of Bridgestone Americas' values is to help make the communities in which we work be better places to live, and our partnership with the Northern Ohio Golf Charities is an extension of these values put into practice," said Gary Garfield, CEO & President, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. "Congratulations to the Bridgestone Award recipient, Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, and the other charities recognized today. We are privileged to support organizations which are so valuable to the community."
Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation is part of a volunteer organization that has partnered with professional golf tournaments at Firestone Country Club for more than 50 years. During this time, the tournaments have provided more than $22 million to local charities seeking to improve the quality of life in Northeast Ohio.
"The World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational is proud to support deserving charities throughout Northeast Ohio," said Don Padgett III, Executive Director, Bridgestone Invitational. "Thank you to Bridgestone, the corporate supporters, and the fans and tournament volunteers, all of whom help make this charitable giving to the region possible."