The annual Birdies for Charity campaign has raised a record-breaking near $13 million for local organizations with its 2017 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational golf tournament.
Leading up to the 2017 PGA TOUR event at Colonial Country Club, local non-profits secured per-birdie pledges from businesses and the community for the tournament’s annual “Birdies For Charity” campaign. The pros then made 1,134 birdies during the championship.
The combined efforts raised just over $11.7 million from the tournament’s Birdies For Charity campaign alone.
“It is a great pleasure to work with such a generously philanthropic community,” said Colonial Club President Rob Doby in a news release. “To leverage our annual golf championship in the name of community service is very rewarding, and a vital part of our event’s mission. We are so thankful to the many individuals and businesses who support our efforts and help us give to these community charities.”
Of the PGA TOUR events that host Birdies For Charity campaigns, Colonial’s 2017 $11.7 million figure is one of the largest on TOUR, and the most ever for Colonial. Additionally, the Birdies For Charity pledges received a matching fund of $275,000 from Colonial Country Club and the PGA TOUR.
The dollars earned from this campaign are a part of the final figure of $12.9 million generated for charities throughout this year from various tournament community service activities and initiatives. On Thursday, Oct. 26, Colonial and 33 charities gathered to celebrate the program’s success.
The tournament has generated more than $100 million worth of money and services for more than 150 organizations over the past 20 years.
The donations focus on children and support a variety of programs including but not limited to:
• camp scholarships for disabled, special needs or low-income children
• residency programs/services for abused, neglected and at-risk children
• cultural programs/field trips for underserved students
• college scholarships
• educational mentoring programs
• medical diagnostic and treatment services for disabled and low-income children
• after-school programs
• support services for homeless families
Military related charities such as Military Warriors Support Foundation, Birdies for the Brave and the K9s For Warriors have also gotten involved in the fundraising activities. Additionally, Colonial has helped donate 13 homes to injured veterans in recent years.
The Birdies Campaign, est. 2005, has generated more than $72 million for participating charities.
The following 33 local nonprofit organizations and their volunteers led the Birdies For Charity to success:
• ACH Child and Family Services
HOPE Farm Inc.
• All Saints Health Foundation
Imagination Fort Worth
• Alliance for Children
Kids Who Care
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth
Lighthouse for the Blind
• Camp Fire USA First Texas Council
Presbyterian Night Shelter
• Cancer Care Services
Recovery Resource Council
• CASA of Tarrant County
Ronald McDonald House
• Cassata High School
SafeHaven of Tarrant County
• Child Study Center
Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth
• Communities in Schools of Tarrant County
Texas Health Resources Foundation
• Community Storehouse
Texas Wesleyan University
• Cornerstone Assistance Network
The WARM Place
• The First Tee of Fort Worth
A Wish With Wings
• Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
• Gill Children’s Services
Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth
• Happy Hill Farm Academy