The PGA TOUR celebrated an exciting milestone on January 27, announcing that the organization and its tournaments have exceeded $3 billion in all-time charitable giving since its first donation at the 1938 Palm Beach Invitational. In 2019, the TOUR achieved a record $201 million in charitable giving, which contributed to an all-time total of $3.045 billion – including donations made by tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Champions, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Series-China.
Among the countless lives that will be positively impacted by the TOUR’s charitable giving are thousands of military members, veterans and their families. Please click through the following articles to read some of the stories highlighting how the TOUR’s tournaments and players have enriched the lives of military families and wounded heroes.
In memory of her late husband, Colonel Brandon Parker, Joy Parker has made the journey from Huntsville, Alabama to Hawaii for more than 25 years to volunteer at the Sony Open with a group of first-time volunteers with military ties who are now known as the“Bama Belles and Bubbas.” To read more about Joy’s volunteer journey, click here.
PGA TOUR player Dustin Johnson took time out during his final practice round last February to meet military veteran Michelle Luthi and her service dog, a black English lab named DJ – who was named after Dustin following his 2017 win at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. To read more about the memorable meeting, click here.
The 2019 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing joined with non-profits Angel Flight Soars and the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes to create a very special Operation Shower experience during tournament week for military mom of seven Sarah Layher and her husband, U.S. Navy veteran Tony Layher – who suffered multiple brain injuries while on active duty and also suffers from PTSD and epilepsy. To read more about their special trip, click here.
Nine-time PGA TOUR champion Brandt Snedeker made a special stop at the USS North Dakota at Naval Submarine Base New London as part of the Travelers Championship’s Birdies for the Brave programs. Brandt and his family not only surprised the sailors on board with their visit, but brought along dinner provided by Chick-fil-A. To read more about their memorable experience, click here.
Each tournament has a unique way of honoring and showing appreciation to the men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Among the variety of military outreach and appreciation activities hosted during THE NORTHERN TRUST, the tournament joined with Title Sponsor Northern Trust to surprise the VFW Post 2294 with a brand new accessible 15-passenger van to help transport veterans to and from the hospital for treatment. To view photos, click here.