Thursday, September 20, 2018

The American Legends for Mountain Mission Kids Sets New PGA Tour Record for Charitable Donations

The Olde Farm Golf Club was designed by Bobby Weed Golf Design

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida) – The Olde Farm Golf Club, in Bristol, Va., designed by Bobby Weed Golf Design, hosted the American Legends for Mountain Mission Kids, an all-star charitable golf tournament held Sept. 10, 2018, which raised $56.6 million – the new largest single-day charitable gift in PGA Tour history. The event was televised on Golf Channel.

“This was an exciting event with truly extraordinary results,” said Bobby Weed, who played in the tournament. “Mountain Mission Kids School does exceptional work with at-risk children, and we are proud to have played a part in this historic charitable initiative in support of the school’s work.”

Luminaries participating in this year’s tournament included golf greats Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Betsy King, Lorena Ochoa and Lee Trevino, joined by former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem as well as by NFL icons Dan Marino and Peyton Manning, and NBA coach and player Jerry West. Arnold Palmer was memorialized in a tribute at the event, which took place on what would have been his 89th birthday.

In speaking of this year’s event, Jim McGlothlin, founder of The Olde Farm, paid tribute to all who helped make it a success as well as to the exceptional ways in which Mountain Mission School serves its students.

“This is the result of an exciting partnership with a group of extraordinary athletes and sponsors,” McGlothlin said. “For ninety-seven years, Mountain Mission School has provided a home, an extended family and high-quality education for children in need.

“Many generous hearts have created a much firmer foundation for the thousands of children the school serves – now, and in the century to come.”

The charitable donations at this year’s event greatly exceeded the previous gross record of $15 million set in 2010 at The Olde Farm’s Big 3 tournament, which featured Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and the late Arnold Palmer, and which raised $15 million. The tournament donations support the Mountain Mission School (MMS) endowment fund, which supports the MMS.

The MMS, founded in 1921 in Grundy, Va., is an accredited, non-profit school which provides shelter, stability, nourishment and a high-quality education for at-risk children. Receiving no federal or state funding, for nearly a century the school has operated solely on financial gifts and donations. Since its founding, the school has served thousands of youth from the U.S. and 70 additional countries, representing diverse backgrounds.

Title sponsors of this year’s event included Gregory Pharmaceutical Holdings, makers of Blue-Emu, Food City, Johnson & Johnson, and the United Company.

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