PGA TOUR AND ITS TOURNAMENTS DONATE A RECORD OF MORE THAN $166 MILLION FOR CHARITABLE CAUSES IN 2016

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL (January 25, 2017) – The PGA TOUR and its tournaments donated more than $166 million to charitable causes in 2016. This record-breaking total includes donations made by tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR China and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. The announcement was made today, during a press conference at the Farmers Insurance Open with PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan, by Bob Steber, a volunteer at the tournament who has missed only one day in 50 years of volunteering.

The announcement brings the all-time total generated for charity by the PGA TOUR to $2.46 billion since the first-ever charitable contribution of $10,000 was made by the 1938 Palm Beach Invitational. Of that total, more than $1.4 billion has come since the TOUR surpassed the $1-billion plateau in 2005. The $2-billion mark was passed in January 2014.

“The record-breaking charitable donations are due to the hard work and selfless efforts of many and will ensure that numerous lives continue to be positively impacted in the communities where we play,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “PGA TOUR fans, tournaments, players, sponsors and volunteers together all helped make this possible.”

In 2016, four PGA TOUR events raised more than $10 million for charity -- the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Valero Texas Open, DEAN & DELUCA Invitational and the John Deere Classic. In addition, the Waste Management Phoenix Open generated more than $9 million for charity.

The PGA TOUR’s flagship event, THE PLAYERS Championship, generated $8.5 million in 2016, a large portion of which benefits local children’s charities as part of the tournament’s commitment to generate $50 million for youth-related charities over 10 years. Since that commitment was made in April of 2011, more than $38 million has been raised toward that goal. The event is dedicated to making a significant financial impact on local non-profits that promote youth education, health and wellness and character development.

 

There were eight PGA TOUR Champions events that donated more than $1 million to charity, including the Shaw Charity Classic which was over $4 million. Three Web.com Tour events generated more than $1 million, including the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, which led the Web.com Tour with donations of more than $1.7 million.

 

Unlike other professional sports organizations, the PGA TOUR relies on more than 100,000 volunteers annually to run its tournaments, and the vast majority of its tournaments are structured as non-profit organizations designed to donate 100 percent of net proceeds to charity. Community beneficiaries include a wide variety of organizations including hospitals, youth development organizations, growth-of-the-game programs and food banks.

 

About PGA TOUR

The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.

The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 227 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2016, tournaments across all Tours generated a record $166 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.46 billion. 

The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

 

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DAP Championship Makes $223,000 Charitable Donation to The LeBron James Family Foundation

CLEVELAND, Ohio (December 6, 2016) – The inaugural DAP Championship, Cleveland’s Web.com Tour Finals event, has announced a charitable donation of $223,000 to the tournament’s primary charitable beneficiary, The LeBron James Family Foundation.  Ron Rice, President and Chief Operating Officer of DAP’s parent company, RPM International, presented Michele Campbell, Executive Director of The LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF), with the donation during the LJFF’s monthly Hometown Hall, which took place December 1 at East CLC High School in Akron.

“After partnering with The LeBron James Family Foundation in anticipation of the DAP Championship, I was humbled by the Foundation’s mission and goals,” said Ron Rice.  “We are honored to support the Foundation and the championship-caliber work they do throughout the Northeast Ohio community.”

The funds raised from this year’s event will help the Foundation continue to provide resources, support, and enriching experiences for the more than 1,100 Akron Public School students currently in its Wheels for Education and Akron I PROMISE Network programs. With its mission to help students achieve their dreams through education, LJFF’s support for these students begins when they enter 3rd grade and will continue through high school and into college, where the Foundation has guaranteed all eligible students four-year college scholarships through a partnership with The University of Akron.

“We are so grateful for not only the generous contribution the DAP Championship has made to our kids, but also for their partnership in helping us support these students and their dreams,” said Michele Campbell, Executive Director of the LeBron James Family Foundation. “We know that if we want to have a real, meaningful impact on these kids’ and their families’ lives, that takes 24/7 support, 365 days a year so it’s a long-term commitment that we could not fulfill without the support of our local partners like the DAP Championship.”

Regarding the donation, LeBron James added via Twitter, “WOW…Unbelievable.  Huge thank you to Ron, Jon, Cam, Kelly, & the entire DAP Champ team. #WeAreFamily #StriveForGreatness.”

 

The 2016 DAP Championship, held September 5-11 at Canterbury Golf Club, was won in a four-man playoff by Bryson DeChambeau.  The victory earned DeChambeau his PGA TOUR card for the 2016-2017 season.  DeChambeau, who played collegiate golf at Southern Methodist University, is one of five players in history to win the U.S. Amateur and NCAA Championship individual title in the same year, along with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ryan Moore.

“The inaugural DAP Championship was a fantastic way to start the 2016 Web.com Tour Finals with Bryson DeChambeau emerging from a four-way playoff to raise the trophy and earn his PGA TOUR card,” said Dan Glod, Chief Operating Officer of the Web.com Tour.  “Today's charitable announcement solidifies the tournament's commitment to making a significant impact within the Northeast Ohio community and provides a strong foundation for the future."

The 2017 DAP Championship will return to Canterbury Golf Club September 21-24.  The 2017 tournament will be played as the third event of the four that make up the annual Web.com Tour Finals, and The LeBron James Family Foundation will remain the tournament’s primary charitable beneficiary.  The field will include approximately 150 players, comprised of the 75 leading Web.com Tour money winners at the conclusion of the Regular Season and those players who finish Nos. 126-200 in the FedExCup and are not otherwise exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2017-18.

The DAP Championship is run by Cleveland-based Milestone Sports Management (MSM), which is responsible for all sales, marketing, and operations of the event. By spearheading the movement to bring the Web.com Tour Finals to Cleveland, MSM has put a strong focus on its consulting and business development practices in an effort to connect both the community and the charitable efforts of The LeBron James Family Foundation, while bringing PGA TOUR golf back to Northeast Ohio.

 

For more information (media, sponsorship, volunteer opportunities), please visit dapchampionship.com or contact Kevin Krisle, tournament director, at kkrisle@globalgolfmanagement.com.

 

ABOUT RPM

RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services across three segments. RPM’s industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and other construction chemicals. Industrial companies include StonhardTremcoillbruckCarbolineFlowcrete, and Euclid Chemical. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement, and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Rust-OleumDAPZinsserVarathane and Testors. RPM’s specialty products include industrial cleaners, colorants, exterior finishes, specialty OEM coatings, edible coatings, restoration services equipment and specialty glazes for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Specialty segment companies include Day-Glo,DryvitRPM Wood FinishesMantrose-HaeuserRPM BelgiumLegend BrandsKop-Coat, and TCI. Additional details can be found at www.RPMinc.com and by following RPM on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RPMintl.

ABOUT DAP

DAP Products Inc. is Headquartered in Baltimore, MD and is a leading manufacturer and supplier of caulks, sealants, adhesives, insulating foam, spackling, glazing and other general patch and repair products.  DAP has a history of first-to-market innovations with trusted quality, reliable and long-lasting products for professional contractors, remodelers and do-it-yourselfers.  For more information about DAP products and applications, visit our website at DAP.com

ABOUT THE LEBRON JAMES FAMILY FOUNDATION

Recognizing the life-changing importance of education, The LeBron James Family Foundation invests its time, resources and attention in the kids of James’ hometown in Akron, Ohio. Through its Wheels for Education and Akron I PROMISE Network programs, the foundation serves more than 1,100 Akron-area students by providing them with the programs, support and mentors they need for success in school and beyond. In 2015, James partnered with The University of Akron to guarantee four-year college scholarships to all eligible students who graduate from high school and complete the criteria in the classroom and in the community. 

ABOUT MILESTONE SPORTS MANAGEMENT

Milestone Sports Management stewards the sport of professional golf in the areas of player representation, corporate consulting, and event management.  Representing some of the finest names and brands in the game, Milestone believes in golf’s ability to build, enhance, and amplify brands as well as the game’s power to generate emotion, loyalty, and concrete results.  Based in Cleveland, Milestone is responsible for all sales and operations of the DAP Championship. For more information on Milestone, please visit www.msmgolf.com.

ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR

Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.Com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf's biggest stage. In 2013, the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012. A 10-year agreement (through 2021) is in place. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 450 PGA TOUR titles, including 22 majors and six PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, has generated $2.3 billion in charitable giving through 2015. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT WEB.COM

Web.com Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:WWWW) provides a full range of Internet services to small businesses to help them compete and succeed online. Web.com is owner of several global domain registrars and further meets the needs of small businesses anywhere along their lifecycle with affordable, subscription-based solutions including website design and management, search engine optimization, online marketing campaigns, local sales leads, social media, mobile products, eCommerce solutions and call center services. To get more information, visit www.web.com; follow Web.com on Twitter @webdotcom or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/web.com. For additional online marketing resources and small business networking, please visit Web.com’s Small Business Summit.