DALLAS, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- ClubCorp, The World Leader in Private Clubs, announces that it has presented a donation, on behalf of its members, of more than $68,000 to two PGA of America-inspired veteran programs: the Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere (GIVE) Foundation and Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA). The money was raised during fundraising efforts throughout the 2010 Memorial Day weekend at more than 80 ClubCorp golf and country clubs in 19 states.
The funds were divided evenly between GIVE and SMGA, with Mark Burnett, executive vice president of the ClubCorp golf and country club division, presenting SMGA with the check for $34,163 on June 14 during the Fourth Annual SMGA Charity Golf Classic in Rockville, Md. A presentation to the GIVE Foundation will be made at a date to be determined.
"ClubCorp is extremely proud and honored to be able to have collected this money from our members to donate to two wonderful and incredibly important programs," said Burnett. "A great number of our members and employees served in the military so contributing to the efforts was a privilege and took on a personal meaning for many."
"The PGA of America is most appreciative of the passion and the generosity displayed by ClubCorp's members for supporting two outstanding programs that have aided in the rehabilitation of our nation's veterans," said PGA of America President Jim Remy. "It is heartwarming to see golfers everywhere recognize that they can give back to those who gave unselfishly of themselves for us."
The donations benefit military golf programs that utilize the volunteer instructional talents of PGA Professionals. The GIVE Foundation, founded in 2007 in Riverside, Iowa, is designed to train men and women veterans in the fundamentals of golf and to enhance their mental, social, physical and emotional well-being and improve their quality of life. The SMGA, founded in 2004 in Olney, Md., provides recreational therapy, through the game of golf, to combat-wounded American soldiers injured in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Dallas-based ClubCorp, Inc. is The World Leader in Private Clubs. Since its founding in 1957, ClubCorp has operated with the central purpose of building relationships and enriching the lives of its members. ClubCorp owns or operates a network of more than 150 golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs, and resorts that serve nearly 400,000 members with more than 16,000 dedicated employees. ClubCorp properties include Firestone Country Club (Akron, Ohio); Barton Creek Resort & Spa (Austin, Texas); Mission Hills Country Club (Rancho Mirage, California); Capital Club Beijing; and Metropolitan Club Chicago. For more information, visit clubcorp.com.
About The PGA of America
Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.
SOURCE ClubCorp, Inc.