Southwest Airlines 32nd Annual LUV Classic Golf Tournament Gives Back To Local Communities In Three Impactful Ways

Published on : Monday, December 18, 2017

Southwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines Co. announced its 32nd Annual LUV Classic Golf Tournament donated more than $500,000 to deserving charities around the country. This event invites golfers to participate in a unique tournament and tee up to support great causes. With more than 1,200 people attending this year’s event, the LUV Classic helped give back to communities across the nation in three important ways.



Supporting Children’s Charities

Part of the money raised at the LUV Classic will be donated to four charities that focus on improving the well-being of children across the country. Shriners Hospital for Children, MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Center, Folds of Honor, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities are all charities that work hard to positively impact children. Whether these charities are providing medical care, scholarship opportunities, or a home away from home, these charities all have a common goal the LUV Classic donations will support—to make a difference in the lives of children.



Additionally, MD Anderson and Shriners Hospital for Children are both founding partners of Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing travel to nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation organizations. “MD Anderson is honored to be a recipient of this year’s annual LUV Classic,” says Richard Gorlick, M.D., Division Head of MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. “All funds will support critical research and programs in our Children’s Cancer Hospital that aim to save the lives of children and young adults with cancer worldwide and minimize the impact on the patient and their families.”



Supporting the Southwest Airlines Employees Catastrophic Assistance Charity

In addition to supporting deserving children’s charities, money was also raised at the event to support the Southwest Airlines Employees Catastrophic Assistance Charity. This charity was started in 1990 and focuses on helping Southwest Employees suffering severe financial hardship from a catastrophic event in their lives. These events are typically emergency medical or personal circumstances, such as home and property damage from the recent natural disasters that impacted a large number of Southwest Employees. The money raised at the LUV Classic will help Southwest Employees as they look to rebuild their lives following these catastrophic events.



Supporting Dallas Designing Dreams

Participants in the LUV Classic golf tournament each received a golf club cover designed by the Dallas-based nonprofit, Dallas Designing Dreams. These unique gifts were created from upcycled Southwest Airlines airplane seat leather. Dallas Designing Dreams is supporting skills and training programs for youth, individuals with disabilities, senior citizens, and other populations in the community. The collaboration with Dallas Designing Dreams has produced a line of items such as the LUV Classic golf club covers, jewelry, backpacks, and luggage tags from the leather seat covers and old Southwest uniforms.


Source:- Southwest Airlines

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