Wyndham Championship Officially Kicks-Off: Tens of Thousands of Fans Expected for a Week of Pro Golf, Family Fun and Charitable Giving

Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016

wyndham worldwideWyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), the global hospitality company that makes travel more accessible for more people in more places than anyone else,  will once again welcome tens of thousands of spectators to the 77th annual Wyndham Championship this week.  The Most Fan-Friendly tournament on the PGA TOUR invites fans to “Escape with Wyndham” and enjoy not-to-be missed PGA TOUR golf in a vacation-like setting and take part in family-fun activities, prize giveaways and the opportunity to help raise funds for multiple charitable causes.

 

“Birdies Fore Backpacks,” the program launched in 2014 to fight childhood food insecurity in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is proud to return for a third year as the tournament’s official charity with a $100,000 seed donation from the Wyndham Worldwide Charitable Foundation, the tournament’s official charity partner.

 

“We take great pride in calling the Piedmont Triad home of the Wyndham Championship and look forward to welcoming thousands of fans for a week of great golf, games and giving-back,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer, Wyndham Worldwide. “We are committed to providing great vacation experiences for millions of people around the world and we do business in a way that can make our associates and partners proud, including everyone here with us at the Wyndham Championship.  Our culture drives us to do good for the people and the communities around us, which is why charitable giving plays such an important role in this tournament.”

 

Held annually at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship is, for many fans, their last relaxing escape of the summer, and for the players, it’s the last PGA TOUR stop before the FedExCup Playoffs and seen as a must-play for those looking to earn points to either qualify for or improve their standing entering the Playoffs. This year, the tournament also plays a vital role in determining what golfers will qualify for the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team.  The eight golfers that qualify for the team on points will be announced Aug, 29 making the Wyndham Championship the second-to-last opportunity to earn Ryder Cup points.

 

Giving Back Takes Center Stage at this Year’s Tournament

As the world’s largest hospitality company, Wyndham Worldwide is not only committed to providing great-vacation experiences for its guests, but also to giving back and serving the local communities where it operates.  The Wyndham Worldwide Charitable Foundation is committed to improving the lives of future generations around the world through conservation, education and wellness.  Philanthropy has always been a central focus of the Wyndham Championship and the goal is to create a minimum of $1 million in charitable impact each year to benefit the Piedmont Triad.

 

“Birdies Fore Backpacks” supports local charitable organizations, including Backpack Beginnings, Forsyth Backpacks, Out of the Garden Project and United Way of High Point, which fill backpacks with nutritionally sound meals for children from low-income families to take home every weekend. Last year, enough money was raised to provide more than 350,000 nutritious meals for over 5,200 families in the region.  Fans and businesses can make a one-time donation or pledges for every birdie made by PGA TOUR professionals during official tournament play.

 

This year, the tournament introduced an online auction featuring fun prizes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with net proceeds benefiting “Birdies Fore Backpacks.”  Auction items include lunch and a private putting lesson from PGA TOUR golfer Brandt Snedeker, the chance to attend a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with driver Kevin Harvick, an exclusive meet and greet moment with the Wyndham Rewards Wyzard, Kristofer Hivju and the opportunity to meet Jimmy Buffet at one of his upcoming concerts in Las Vegas. The auction runs through August 23rd with some lots closing earlier.

 

 

 

Source:- Wyndham Worldwide

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