Charitable Giving Program Extends Shared PGA TOUR and Astellas Commitment to Supporting Local Communities
ORLANDO, FL - Now, fans can contribute to the charitable giving at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard by participating in the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, sponsored by Myrbetriq® (mirabegron). This "vote-for-me" competition is designed to raise funds for charity while recognizing the talent, passion and commitment of the TOUR's more than 100,000 tournament volunteers nationwide including 1,400 who volunteer in Orlando, who have helped the TOUR achieve more than $2.14 billion in charitable giving.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard will be held March 17 - 20, 2016, at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla.
From now until 2 p.m. ET on Saturday of tournament week (March 19), fans are encouraged to visit www.PGATOUR.com/Volunteers and vote for their favorite Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard volunteer. At the end of the voting period, the volunteer with the most votes will have the opportunity to present a $10,000 check in his or her name to the Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation. In addition, top-ranking tournaments have the ability to earn additional charitable funding based on the total number of votes earned collectively by volunteers and the tournament.
"The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge is a fun way to raise funds for charity and honor the contributions of the 1,400 tournament volunteers who annually donate their time helping to orchestrate the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard each year," said Chief Operating Officer Marci Baker. "We encourage our volunteers to participate in this worthwhile program, and ask their friends, family members and co-workers to visit the website and vote."
Among those participating in the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge is Ken Hoffman, a Maitland resident who will be celebrating his 35th consecutive year volunteering at the tournament this year. "I volunteer because it's a meaningful way to experience the tournament and get an up-close and personal look at professional golf. If I win the Volunteer Challenge, it will be extremely rewarding to help make a difference for people served through the Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation, which supports the Arnold Palmer Medical Center," said Hoffman.
"Astellas is proud to partner with the PGA TOUR as both organizations share a deep commitment to the power of volunteerism," said Walt Johnston, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Urology and Hospital, Astellas Pharma US, Inc. "We are honored to be part of the PGA TOUR's philanthropic legacy by collaborating on this unique opportunity to give back to the communities where we work and live."
The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard features 120 of the world's best professional golfers competing for 500 FedEx Cup points and a purse of $6.2 million. To learn more about the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge and to register to participate as a volunteer or supporter, visit www.PGATOUR.com/Volunteers.