Milstein Donates $1 Million to PGA REACH to Honor Legendary PGA Member and Champion Jack Nicklaus
(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) – Philanthropist and golf entrepreneur Howard Milstein has been named a Trustee for PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) foundation of the PGA of America.
Milstein, Chairman of 8AM Golf, has pledged $1 million to PGA REACH in honor of legendary PGA Member and five-time PGA Champion Jack Nicklaus. The gift is designed to inspire others to contribute to PGA REACH, as well as convey his belief in golf and the mission of PGA REACH.
The donation was announced at the 102nd PGA Annual Meeting in Indian Wells, California.
“Jack first introduced me to PGA REACH several years ago, and I have spent the past year working with PGA REACH and the other Trustees, learning about their important programs to help grow the game, impact youth, seed diversity and inclusion programs, and also help our Veterans become part of our community,” said Mr. Milstein who, as Chairman of 8AM Golf, is the publisher of GOLF Magazine and Executive Chairman of the Nicklaus Companies. “Through this commitment, I cannot think of a better way to honor my partner and friend. There is no one who better embodies the values and traditions of golf than Jack Nicklaus.”
The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations, by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf.
“I deeply believe in the game of golf and its positive impact on participants of all ages,” Mr. Milstein added. “Through this donation and my involvement as a PGA REACH Trustee, I hope to give back to a community, and a game, that has given me so much.”
PGA Jr. League, the flagship youth program of PGA REACH, is a game-changing opportunity to bring family and friends together around fun team golf experiences. PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The PGA WORKS Fellowship aspires to be the most valuable entry-level employment opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to gain experience in all facets of the golf industry.
“We’re delighted that Howard Milstein has joined PGA REACH as our newest Trustee,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “I have met with Howard and discussed how the PGA, Nicklaus and 8AM Golf can work together to create a real impact on the game and the people we serve. His donation is a beacon of light for others across the golf industry to emulate, and the impact it will have is enormous. PGA REACH is grateful for Howard’s generosity and commitment to the future of the game.”
About Howard Milstein and 8AM Golf
Howard P. Milstein is the third generation to lead the Milstein family business and philanthropic activities. In addition to his leadership at GOLF Magazine and The Nicklaus Companies, Milstein has made significant investments in the golf industry in recent years through acquisitions that include Miura Golf, manufacturer of premium brand golf clubs designed in Japan; True Spec Golf, a brand-agnostic club-fitting company that has fit more than 30,000 golfers worldwide; and GolfLogix, the most-downloaded GPS app in golf. Milstein recently launched 8AM Golf as the holding company that oversees and operates all of his golf assets—companies that help golfers at all levels enjoy the game more.
Milstein is also Chairman, President and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank, the country’s largest family-run, private bank, and he chairs and operates the Milstein family’s real estate companies. In the philanthropic arena, Milstein is a Trustee at Cornell University, an Overseer of Weill Cornell Medical College and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Law School. In 2017, he endowed Cornell’s new Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity, an innovative multidisciplinary program with a curriculum focused on the integration of liberal arts, science and technology.
Milstein is Chairman of the American Skin Association, the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine, and the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation, and serves on the boards of the National September 11th Memorial and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.
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PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf.