Inaugural Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence-Chicagoland Steps Off on September 13, 2011
Avon Foundation for Women Partners with PGA TOUR Wives Association at the BMW Championship to Raise Funds for Chicago-area Domestic Violence Organizations
August 5, 2011 – Chicago, IL — The Avon Foundation for Women, in collaboration with the PGA TOUR Wives Association (PTWA) will hold the inaugural Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence – Chicagoland on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club during the PGA TOUR’s BMW Championship, the third leg in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. 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 (4 miles) on a PGA TOUR course alongside tournament players’ wives and families to raise much‐needed funds and awareness for the domestic violence cause.
The Avon Foundation for Women will donate all funds raised to five Illinois domestic violence agencies. Walk the Course-Chicagoland beneficiaries include Pillars – Constance Morris House in LaGrange Park, Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) in Chicago, Family Shelter Service in Downer’s Grove, The Crisis Center for South Suburbia in Tinley Park, and Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park. The funds will be used to continue to help people in these communities affected by domestic violence and educate people on the issue, with the goal of helping create a world without domestic violence.
“From 2009-2010, more than 70 people in Illinois lost their lives because of a domestic assault, and on average in the United States, one in three women will become a victim of abuse or partner violence in her lifetime,” said Carol Kurzig, President, Avon Foundation for Women. “Until those statistics change, the Avon Foundation for Women will continue to draw attention to the issue and work to change the course of domestic violence for all victims and their families. We are so pleased to be holding our first Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence in Chicagoland and raising life-saving funds to support five outstanding local domestic violence agencies. ”
Amy Wilson, president of the PGA TOUR Wives Association, said: “Domestic violence is an unacceptable form of abuse that our society, as a whole, needs to stop considering a private matter and make a public one. It is not pretty, and it is not glamorous, but it can and should be addressed. Just as children do not deserve to go hungry, they do not deserve to grow up in a household of violence. The PTWA travels the country working with and lifting up children and their families and we’re so thrilled to be bringing Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence to Chicago."
“BMW is proud to host this important event,” said Vince Pellegrino, Western Golf Association Vice President of Tournaments and BMW Championship Tournament Director. “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.”
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 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs, as well as direct services for victims and their families.
Fund‐raising for the walk 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 BMW Championships at a special reception immediately following the walk (by invitation only).
Earlier this year the third Walk the Course-Charlotte, which took place at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC, during the PGA TOUR’s Wells Fargo Championship, raised more than $100,000. The Avon Foundation for Women donated 100 percent of the proceeds from Walk the Course‐Charlotte to four Charlotte-area domestic violence agencies.
Registration for Walk the Course-Chicagoland is $25 per person through midnight of September 11, 2011, or $35 per person on event day. Participants can register online at WalktheCourseAgainstDV.org or by calling 866‐646‐2866.
Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence
Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence is a non-competitive, family-friendly event for all ages with 100 percent of funds raised benefiting local domestic violence agencies. The third annual walk in Charlotte, NC, took 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. Participants will walk 18 holes (4 miles) alongside tournament players’ wives and families to raise much-needed funds and awareness for the domestic violence cause. The funds raised will enable local domestic violence agencies to help those affected by domestic violence and educate people about the issue – all in an effort to create a world without domestic violence. The event is a project of the Avon Foundation for Women in collaboration with the PGA TOUR Wives Association (PTWA), the Wells Fargo Championship and the BMW Championship. Participants can register online at WalktheCourseAgainstDV.org or by calling 866-646-2866.
Avon Foundation for Women
The Avon Foundation for Women, the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women. Through 2010, Avon global philanthropy has donated more than $800 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. Today, Avon philanthropy focuses its funding on breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Avon also responds generously to provide support for relief and recovery efforts in times of major natural disasters and emergencies.
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 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 third leg 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, provides full university tuition and housing grants to deserving young caddies 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 Against Domestic Violence thanks Official Sponsor: Chicago Children’s Museum.
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