Registration is now open for nonprofits to tee-up to participate in the Allianz Championship's second annual "Birdies Fore Charity", a fundraising program in which participating nonprofit organizations solicit pledges from supporters based on the number of birdies made by PGA Champions Tour players during the three-day championship play Friday through Sunday, February 10-12, 2012. According to Allianz Championship Tournament Director Ryan Dillon, participating organizations keep 100% of the pledges collected on their behalf.
Donor participants supporting their charity of choice can either make a one-time flat donation (minimum $10), or make a pledge of $0.02 or more for each birdie made by Champions Tour players during the 2012 Allianz Championship. Participating donors can either choose one of organizations listed at the tournament's website at www.allianzchampionship.com/pages/birdies-fore-charity or choose to make the donation to benefit another charity of their choice. To date, nonprofits registered to benefit from participation include Take Stock In Children; 4KIDS of South Florida; Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County, Inc., Autism Society of Broward County, and S.B. Idea, Inc.
Other than postage for mailing in completed pledge forms for administration to the Allianz Championship,there is NO cost to organizations to take part in the program. The Allianz Championship provides all the online donation administration, pledge forms for participating organizations, and program administration, invoicing, processing and accounting, but will not solicit pledges of behalf of any participating organization.
"We look forward to increasing the 'field of nonprofits' and 'charity purse' this year as the inaugural group saw just how easy it was to raise much needed funds without all the hassle of administration," said Dillon. "The fundraising opportunities are unlimited," noting that a pledge of $0.02 per birdie x 800 birdies can yield a total of $16, and if there are 500 participants that adds up to $8,000, with participating charities receiving 100% of their collected donations.
Participating organizations must be have 501 (c) 3 status as recognized by the IRS and will be responsible for soliciting pledges of $0.02 or more per birdie, or a flat donation of $10 or more from individuals or corporations (online or via pledge form), and collecting completed pledge forms and return them to the Allianz Championship for processing.
Added Incentives To Participating Nonprofit Supporters, That Includes Chance To Win Tickets To The 2012 Masters Golf Tournament
As an added incentive to donors, each person who makes a pledge to Birdies Fore Charity will be given a "chance to win" by guessing the total number of birdies made by Champions Tour players during the 2012 Allianz Championship. One correct guess will win two (2) tickets to the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Donors also qualify to win random drawings conducted by the Allianz Championship. Contest is open to participants who are 18 years of age or older; one guess allowed per Birdies Fore Charity pledge; no more than 10 total entries per participant.
What Is A Birdie?
In golf, a "birdie" is a score of one stroke better than "par" for every hole on the course. "Par" is the normal expected score of a golf professional on any given hole. For example, if a player scores a 4 on a par 5 then he gets a birdie.
The tournament is managed by Pro Links Sports, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Directing six tournaments on the Champions Tour schedule, all are continuously voted in the top ten tournaments by the players. This reputation attracts the top golfers on the PGA Championship Tour to Boca Raton, along with other legends of golf.
The week-long sixth annual Allianz Championship schedule of events includes three days of championship play from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10th-12th plus the second annual Women's Executive Pro-Am on Tuesday, Feb. 7th with an Executive Pro-Am Draw Party that evening; two days of Executive Pro-Am play on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8th and 9th; and the third annual Golf & Wine Experience and second annual Family Day during the second day of championship play, Saturday, Feb. 11th.
The Allianz Championship, with free general admission on all three championship play days, will be held on The Old Course at Broken Sound Club, located at 1401 NW 51st Street, (Yamato Road), Boca Raton, FL 33431. The tournament office is located at 6450 E. Rogers Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33487. For more information, contact 561-241-GOLF (4653); fax 561-241-4658, or visit www.allianzchampionship.com.
In addition to bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship will be driving all net proceeds to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to the event February 6-12, 2012. The Allianz Championship, with a purse of $1.8 million, is the Champions Tour's first tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the Championship. Visit www.allianzchampionship.com for updates, to purchase VIP tickets, and learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.
About Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities:
The Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities (BRCGC) is a year 'round 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization; its board serves as the operational and financial oversight group for the annual Allianz Championship as well as the oversight group for the distribution of all charitable funds. All net tournament proceeds will benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital with other independent PGA-related fundraising initiatives offered to all South Florida nonprofits such as its Birdies Fore Charity. Champions Tour events generate significant sums of money for charity; the three tours of the PGA and their tournaments reached the $1.5 billion mark in charitable, more than all other professional sports combined.