Third Annual Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence Brings Out More than 1,000 Charlotte-Area Walkers and Raises More than $100,000
PGA TOUR Golfers and their Families Join the Avon Foundation for Women and the Wells Fargo Championship to Raise Funds for Four Local Domestic Violence Agencies
Charlotte, NC – May 3, 2011 – PGA TOUR golfers, including Hunter Mahan, Mark Wilson, Billy Horschel, Scott Stallings, DA Points and Bobby Gates, and 33 members of the PGA TOUR Wives Association joined more than 1,000 Charlotte-area residents today to walk 18 holes (5 miles) at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC, at the third annual Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence–Charlotte. The Walk the Course event – a collaboration of the Avon Foundation for Women, PGA TOUR Wives Association and the Wells Fargo Championship – raised more than $100,000 to benefit four local domestic violence agencies.
Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence is a non-competitive, family-friendly event for all ages with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting the four beneficiaries. The event began with an emotional opening ceremony emceed by WSOC-TV anchor Robyn McGlohn, where Tammy Wright, the mother of a local domestic violence victim, shared the tragic story of her daughter’s domestic violence-related death.
“I’m participating in Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence today on behalf of my beautiful daughter, Brittany Leigh Bridges, the victim of a domestic violence-related homicide,” said Tammy Wright of Charlotte. “She was not just a daughter, she was also a mommy to Kyndall—who was 14 months old at the time she passed—a big sister, a granddaughter, and a special friend to so many. I’ve been walking the past two years to put a stop to domestic violence. No parent should have to feel this kind of heartbreak and no child should grow up without knowing a mommy who loved her so very much.”
To ensure that all funds raised immediately benefit the community, Carol Kurzig, president of the Avon Foundation for Women, presented the $100,000 raised to the four local domestic violence organizations: 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. Additional donations are welcome and needed, and will also be donated 100% directly to these agencies.
“The Charlotte community has truly come together to speak out, raise awareness and raise much-needed funds to support our domestic violence organization partners,” said Kurzig. “These four partners are working tirelessly to help victims leave unsafe situations, and learn how to break the cycle of domestic violence for themselves and their children. Every single dollar you raised is truly making a difference.”
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 it a public one,” said “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.”
Following the walk, many of the PGA TOUR golfers participating in the Wells Fargo Tournament, including Mark Wilson, Johnson Wagner and Charles Warren, mingled with top fund-raisers at a special reception at the Quail Hollow Club. The golfers thanked the fund-raisers for their hard work and commitment to the cause. PGA TOUR Golfer Charles Warren said: ““On behalf of all the golfers who participated in Walk the Course, and the others who will be out on the course here this week, we want to say how proud we are of our wives' commitment to giving back in the communities where we play. It's an honor to share this beautiful golf course with such an important event, because we know that the money raised here today can make an important difference in the lives of many local families.”
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.
In 2010, 73 people in North Carolina lost their lives because of a domestic assault and worldwide, one in three women is affected by violence. Already this year, several heartbreaking instances of domestic or partner violence have shaken the Charlotte community. Domestic violence knows no boundary of age, race, gender, wealth or geography – it can affect anyone.
Due to the prevalence of domestic violence across the United States, 2011 marks the inaugural season of Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence – Chicagoland on September 13, held in collaboration with the PGA TOUR Wives Association and the BMW Championship.
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 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.
Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence thanks Gold Sponsors: Tire Kingdom, Pavilion Development; Silver Sponsor: CaroMont Health; Media Sponsors: Kiss 95.1 FM, K104.7 FM, Charlotte Living Magazine; Official Sponsors: CharlotteSmartyPants.com, DASANI, Snyder's, Lance, Starbucks and vitaminwater.
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