ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Delta Dental continued its long-time tradition of supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia at the 23rd annual “Delta Dental Pro-Am for Kids.”
The event kicked off at the Roanoke Country Club Thursday afternoon where professional and amateur golfers hit the links chasing a $10,000 prize for the pros.
But the event is for a much bigger cause, supporting the more than a thousand kids who are a part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia each year. The money that the event raises, helps the organizations operations year-round.
”It’s critically important right now because we’re getting ready to go into our summer camps, and it offers our kids a safe place to be during the summer, where they’re getting opportunities to participate in sports, swimming, have healthy meals and still work through a little bit of that academic need,” said Michelle Davis, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia.
Delta Dental presented the organization with a $50,000 check and Davis said as the numbers came in, she believed this is their best year ever. The check presentation was followed by two of the club kids teeing off to start.
In the event’s more than two decade history, it has raised more than a million dollars for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia.
For more information, you can find the press release below:
“The Delta Dental Pro-Am for Kids benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia tees off this Thursday at Roanoke Country Club with 24 PGA pros leading teams of local amateur golfers vying for the Mike Wise Championship Cup. To date, the tournament has raised more than $1-million to support Club programming. Join us for the ceremonial Club Kid opening tee shot and a special check presentation from the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation in celebration of the Club’s 25th anniversary.
In celebration of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia’s 25th anniversary and our longstanding partnership with Delta Dental, the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation is presenting an additional gift of $50,000 as a match-challenge contribution to inspire our community to support local youth served by the Club. This generous match-challenge gift is above and beyond the title sponsorship and fundraising efforts of the Delta Dental Pro-Am for Kids.
One intriguing storyline of the Delta Dental Pro-Am for Kids tournament continues to be the opportunity for local amateurs to team up with regional PGA professional. This year’s professionals, including Rick Schuller, Dick Mast, Jimmy Flippen, Yong Joo and more, are competing for a $10,000 winner’s purse.
The Delta Dental Pro-Am for Kids was created 23 years ago with a small group of golfers committed to improving the opportunities available to disadvantaged youth. Through the ensuing years, the tournament has raised more than $1,000,000 to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia.”
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