Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
The Barclays, the first event in the PGA tour playoffs for the FedEx Cup, is coming to Long Island this summer, and, thanks to tournament officials, charities like the American Red Cross can benefit from “Tickets Fore Charity” – a unique fundraising initiative designed to improve the quality of life in the communities where PGA tour tournaments are held.
“This is an incredible opportunity to raise unlimited funds for the participating charity and there are absolutely no costs to the organization,” said The Barclays Executive Director Peter Mele. “Fans will get to witness the very best the PGA tour has to offer and generate revenue for charities in New York and New Jersey during a time when these organizations need our help more than ever.”
The Barclays will feature 125 of the top PGA tour professionals, Aug. 21-26 at Bethpage State Park (The Black Course in Farmingdale). The tickets available through Tickets Fore Charity are weekly grounds tickets available for $150. These are grounds tickets for each day of the tournament from Tuesday, Aug. 21-Sunday, Aug. 26. The Red Cross will receive $112.50 of each ticket purchased on its behalf.
The remaining proceeds will benefit The First Tee of Metropolitan New York. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation aimed at positively impacting the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and education programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.
“We are extremely grateful to have been selected as one of this year’s charities,” said John Miller, CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island. “Every day, disaster victims turn to the Red Cross for shelter, food, comfort and hope—we can’t be there for them without the generosity of the public and organizations like the PGA tour.”
The PGA tour, its players and tournaments support more than 3,000 charities. In 2011, The Barclays donated $1.3 million to charities.
In addition to the tickets, golf enthusiasts can also help the Red Cross and watch the action on the links by volunteering at The Barclays. For more information or to purchase tickets benefiting the American Red Cross, visit www.nyredcross.org/barclays or call (516) 747-3500.