Foundation has generated more than $9 million to children’s charities in last five years.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (February 5, 2019)—For the first time ever, the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, has topped the $2 million mark in donations to children’s charities, announced Steve Worthy, CEO of the Foundation.
“Thanks to the generosity and dedication of our fans, sponsors, volunteers and PGA TOUR players, we have steadily increased our charitable giving each year for the last five years, and this year passed the $2 million mark,” said Worthy. “And of course, none of this would be possible without the outstanding leadership and commitment to our community from our title sponsor, Zurich Insurance,” Worthy added.
The Fore!Kids Foundation donated funds this year to some 60 charities in the metro New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas, impacting the lives of more than 200,000 children in southeast Louisiana. The Foundation has generated more than $9 million in charitable contributions over the last five years.
Lead non-profit organizations receiving six-figure donations include: Children’s Hospital; Bayou District; First Tee of Greater New Orleans; St. Michael Special School; Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and Educare New Orleans.
The Zurich Classic is the only team tournament on the PGA TOUR season. Since implementing the team format two years ago, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has drawn some of the highest ranking fields for any regular-season tournament on the PGA TOUR. In 2018, the tournament field included six of the top ten players in the world; all four reigning major champions; the U.S. Ryder Cup captain and six members of the U.S. team along with the European Ryder Cup captain with four of his co-captains and six players on the victorious European team.
About Fore!Kids Foundation:
Since 1958, the Fore!Kids Foundation has raised money to fund children’s service organizations through golf events like the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, The Holiday Auction Fore!Kids and several charitable golf tournaments. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, Fore!Kids has helped to raise more than $37 million to date for children’s charities in metro New Orleans and Baton Rouge. More information at www.forekidsfoundation.com.
About the Zurich Classic of New Orleans:
Televised in more than 224 countries and territories, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans generates a significant economic impact on the city of New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana. Independent research has shown that the tournament generates spending of more than $40 million within the local economy and garners $33 million in positive national and international media exposure for both the city and state throughout the year beyond the four days of competition.
The tournament will be played April 22-28, 2019 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. Purse for 2019 totals $7.3 million, with each member of the winning team earning $1,051,200.
Single-day grounds tickets are only $35 and weekly passes are $85. Single day tickets for the two most popular hospitality venues on the PGA TOUR start at $85 for Acme Oyster House and $185 for The Champions Club. Other choices of suite and specialty venue options are available by calling the Tournament Office at 504-342-3000 or online at www.zurichgolfclassic.com.