2011 Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence Events to Take Place in Charlotte and Chicago

Avon Foundation for Women collaborates with the PGA TOUR Wives Association, the Wells Fargo Championship and the BMW Championship to raise funds to help end domestic violence

100 Percent of All Proceeds Raised to Benefit Local Domestic Violence Agencies


January 14, 2011 – New York, NY – The Avon Foundation for Women, in collaboration with the PGA TOUR Wives Association (PTWA), the Wells Fargo Championship and the BMW Championship, today announced the third annual Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence season, which expands to two cities in 2011 – Charlotte, NC, and Lemont, IL. Walk the Course is a non-competitive, family-friendly event for all ages with 100 percent of proceeds raised at each event benefiting local domestic violence agencies. Participants will walk 18 holes (5 miles) alongside tournament players’ wives and families to raise much-needed funds and awareness for the domestic violence cause.


The third annual walk in Charlotte, NC, will take place on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC, during the PGA TOUR’s Wells Fargo Championship. The inaugural Walk the Course- Chicagoland will take place on September 13, 2011, at the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, IL, during the PGA TOUR’s BMW Championship, part of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.


Domestic violence is more prevalent than most people realize. One in three women in the U.S. will become a victim of abuse or partner violence in her life, and every nine seconds a woman is beaten or abused. In 2010, 73 people in North Carolina lost their lives because of a domestic assault; in Illinois during a one-year period between 2009-2010, 76 people lost their lives. The goal of Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence is to draw attention to this difficult issue that affects women of every race, age and background, and to work to change the course of domestic violence for all victims and their families.


The funds raised at the events will enable local domestic violence agencies to continue to help individuals affected by domestic violence, as well as to educate people about the issue, with the goal to help create a world without domestic violence. The 2010 Walk the Course-Charlotte drew nearly 1,000 participants, with 100 percent of the proceeds ($100,000) donated directly to North Carolina domestic violence agencies. In 2011, the Avon Foundation will again award all proceeds from this event to deserving local agencies including The Shelter of Gaston County, United Family Services Shelter for Battered Women, Turning Point of Union County and the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


Beneficiaries of the proceeds from the inaugural Walk the Course-Chicagoland will be announced at a later date.


“The Avon Foundation for Women is committed to Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence,” said Carol Kurzig, President, Avon Foundation for Women. “We are so pleased to partner for a third year with the PGA TOUR Wives Association and the Wells Fargo Championship, and we are thrilled to announce our new partner, the BMW Championship, as we expand the Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence event to the Chicago area. Walk the Course makes a significant difference in the local communities where it takes place, generating more resources for those who need them most.”


Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence is the latest initiative of the Avon Foundation for Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Since Speak Out launched in 2004, the Avon Foundation for Women has awarded more than $23 million to domestic violence organizations in the United States alone.

Amy Wilson, President, PGA TOUR Wives Association, said: "2011 marks the third consecutive year the PGA TOUR Wives Association has partnered with the Avon Foundation and Wells Fargo Championship in the fight against domestic violence. Charlotte has found a special place in our hearts, and we look forward to returning to the Carolinas and walking beside members of such a dedicated community.  The PTWA travels the country working with and lifting up children and their families.  Charlotte is one of the most inspiring communities we visit all year."


“Since we became a partner with the Avon Foundation and the PGA TOUR Wives Association, we have seen the passion and support grow on the local level. Despite the fact the weather didn’t allow us to actually hold the walk last year, the enthusiasm of all participants was remarkable and funds were still raised to help support women and children who have experienced domestic violence.  In just a few short years, Tuesday of tournament week has taken on a very special meaning as we all work together to raise awareness for this important cause,” said Kym Hougham, Executive Director, Wells Fargo Championship.


Vince Pellegrino, WGA Vice President of Tournaments and BMW Championship Tournament Director, said: “Through our new partnership with the Avon Foundation and the PGA TOUR Wives Association in 2011, we look forward to joining the national campaign to raise funds for domestic violence education, outreach and awareness. As sponsors of the Evans Scholarship, our focus has always been to help build a better society through education. The Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence event on Tuesday of championship week gives us a meaningful way of expanding our mission to reach out beyond the golf course and serve the greater community.”


Registration for both 2011 events is now open and participants can register online at WalktheCourseAgainstDV.org  or by calling 866-646-2866. Fund-raising is voluntary, but encouraged. Fund-raising incentive prizes are offered to help inspire the participants. Top fundraisers will have the opportunity to meet PGA TOUR golfers participating in the Wells Fargo and BMW Championships at a special reception immediately following the each walk.


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The Avon Foundation for Women, a 501(c)(3) public charity and a leader in the causes of breast cancer and domestic violence, launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs, as well as direct services for victims and their families. Through the end of 2010 in the United States, the Avon Foundation has donated more than $23 million to the domestic violence cause. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in more than 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and raising awareness through educational information disseminated by more than six million global Avon Representatives.


PGA TOUR Wives Association, Inc., was incorporated in 1988 by wives of professional golfers on the PGA TOUR and has since expanded its membership to include wives and significant others of PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour players, as well as individuals and companies who support the Associations' charitable endeavors. In addition to fundraising, members participate in Volunteer Service Projects, performing a myriad of services ranging from Habitat builds to cooking in soup kitchens to playing with hospitalized children in communities where tournaments are held. 

The Wells Fargo Championship is one of the largest, most prestigious sporting events in the Charlotte region. Champions for Education, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, operates and manages the tournament and has donated nearly $12.5 million to local and regional charities since 2003. Now leading up to its eighth edition, the tournament is intended as an annual tradition that will bring players and patrons back each year for an unforgettable golf experience. The 2011 tournament will be held May 2-8.  The national and international golf community has recognized it as one of the top events on the PGA TOUR. A combination of Quail Hollow Club and the spirit of the Charlotte area community are among the reasons the Wells Fargo Championship has and should continue to draw many of the world's top golfers to Charlotte.


The BMW Championship, formerly the Western Open, is the oldest event on the regular PGA TOUR schedule, having been first contested in 1899. The 2011 BMW Championship, the penultimate event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, will be held Sept. 12-18 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. The BMW Championship, conducted by the Western Golf Association, helps send financially challenged caddies to college by designating the Evans Scholars Foundation as its sole charitable beneficiary. Founded by famed amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr., and sponsored by the Western Golf Association, the Evans Scholars program provides full housing and tuition scholarships to young men and women. Currently, more than 850 caddies are attending college on scholarship. In addition to proceeds from the BMW Championship, the program is funded by individual contributions from more than 100,000 golfers across the country.


Walk the Course-Charlotte thanks its current 2011 sponsors.
Official Sponsors: Charlotte Living, CharlotteSmartyPants.com, Tire Kingdom
Media Sponsors: Kiss 95.1, K104.7


Visit  WalktheCourseAgainstDV.org to register, volunteer or donate. Or call 866.646.2866.