LPGA golfers and tournament benefit local causesWritten by Christine Senack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to energizing the local business community, the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic always creates a buzz amongst the nonprofit organizations throughout our region. Although income and expenses are still being finalized, the tournament has contributed more than $5.75 million to 110 Northwest Ohio Children’s Charities since its inception in 1984. Additionally, the tournament has donated more than $1 million to the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Ohio.
The tournament offers a variety of visibility and ticket sponsorship packages for businesses supporting the event. Everything from advertising on the back of parking hangtags to leader board advertising provided opportunities to underwrite the event and raise funds for charities. National City Bank, Toledo Edison and Promedica signed on as lead sponsors of pro-am events, while Merrill Lynch sponsored the annual gala dinner and Columbia Gas gained visibility and supported the event on the "Quiet Paddles."
Owens Corning supported the event this year with the lead sponsorship and by lending the marketing power of the Pink Panther to every event logo. Since 2003, Owens Corning has been a title sponsor of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic to help put Northwest Ohio on display for the world every summer and help raise millions of dollars for children’s charities in the Toledo and surrounding community.
Charities receiving funds from the 2008 Tournament are Anne Grady, Assistance Dogs of America, Bittersweet Farms, East Toledo Family Center, Kids Unlimited, Area Office on Aging "Kinship Navigator Program", Lourdes College "Children’s Education Outreach Program", The Miracle League of Northwest Ohio, Serenity Farm, Sophia Center "Families and Schools Together Program", The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Toledo Seagate Food Bank, Wood County Gift Exchange, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the JFOCC Scholarship Fund.
Spring boarding off of the official LPGA festivities, The Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation hosted an elegant dinner featuring golf legend, Nancy Lopez, to benefit the daily operations of the hospital. A lead sponsor of the event was Loft & Home Essentials providing store gift certificates to all attendees.
"We love giving back to the community," said owner Mona Shousher. "It makes us feel more intimate with the community, not just as a business, but as a friend of the community."
Lopez donated a round of golf to a Toledo Children’s Hospital fundraiser earlier in the year and spent part of the day visiting the children in the hospital.
"I saw what the community has done. It is a fabulous hospital for children. It opens your eyes to everything that Toledo has built," she said.
In appreciation for Lopez’ commitment to the Toledo Hospital, a signed golf club was auctioned off at the event with the proceeds going to AIM for the Handicapped, which is a charity Lopez chairs in Dayton. AIM teaches movement to children with disabilities.
Music Under the Stars 2008. An 8-week series of musical events featuring the Toledo Concert Band, conductor Sam Szor, commentator Gordon Ward, and local guest artists. These family-friendly concerts take place Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre, located at 2700 Broadway, concluding Aug. 31. An estimated 2 million loyal audience members have attended since its inception. Free thanks to sponsoring businesses. Visit toledosymphony.com or call (419)241-1272 for more information.
July 25 Bow Wow Bash. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, dancing, and a variety of great grazing foods and drinks. Raffles will be available throughout the evening with all proceeds to benefit the Humane Society. Tickets are $40. Cash bar. Find out more at toledoareahumanesociety.org or call (419) 482-7101.
PHOTO: Dr. Kathy Carlson, Nancy Lopez, Alan Brass, Dana Fike and hostess, Barbara Steele enjoy an evening to benefit Toledo Children’s Hospital.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant helping people,
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