TUCSON, Ariz., June 27, 2013 — ClubCorp and the Muscular Dystrophy Association are hitting the links for the seventh annual ClubCorp Charity Classic, ClubCorp’s major annual philanthropic open-house event, to benefit MDA's fast-track ALS research initiative Augie's Quest.
From May through the end of 2013, more than 125 golf and country clubs around the country are opening their courses and dining rooms to an estimated 14,000 members, as well as guests and patrons, for tournaments, dining events, auctions and social extravaganzas.
The Charity Classic is believed to be the world’s largest multisite charity golf and dining event with clubs participating from coast to coast to benefit MDA’s Augie's Quest, an aggressive, cure-driven effort singularly focused on finding treatments and cures for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Augie's Quest is named for philanthropist and fitness industry pioneer Augie Nieto, who has been fighting ALS since his diagnosis in 2005. Nieto is co-founder and former president of Life Fitness of Chicago, and chairman of Octane Fitness. To date, Augie’s Quest has raised nearly $37 million for ALS research.
"MDA’s Augie’s Quest has been a game-changer in moving ALS research forward. Augie Nieto's determination and strength is an inspiration to many, which is demonstrated by the support we receive from ClubCorp and the communities who participate in Charity Classic events year after year to help us fight back to end this disease," said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. "MDA is proud to be part of a seven-year tradition that plays a vital role in raising funds and awareness to speed research seeking treatments and a cure for ALS."
Since it began in 2007, the ClubCorp Charity Classic has raised more than $10 million benefiting numerous charities, including MDA’s Augie's Quest. In 2012, the event raised a record-breaking $2.07 million nationwide.
“At ClubCorp, we are committed to supporting important initiatives like Augie's Quest by setting high goals and by going above and beyond to reach them in hopes of 'Building Relationships and Enriching Lives,'" said ClubCorp CEO Eric Affeldt. “We are all inspired by Augie Nieto’s perseverance and determination, and our members and employee partners work together with sponsors to help those living with ALS."
In addition to Augie's Quest, the 2013 ClubCorp Charity Classic will benefit ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation (E.P.C.F.) and more than 100 local nonprofit groups selected individually by participating clubs.
For more information or to sign up for an event in your area, see a full list of Charity Classic events happening in your area.
Since its founding in 1957, ClubCorp has operated with the central purpose of Building Relationships and Enriching the Lives® of its members. ClubCorp owns or operates a network of more than 150 golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs and alumni clubs in 25 states, the District of Columbia and two foreign countries that serve more than 350,000 members, with approximately 14,000 peak-season employees. ClubCorp properties include: Firestone Country Club (Akron, Ohio); Mission Hills Country Club (Rancho Mirage, Calif.); Capital Club Beijing; and Metropolitan Club Chicago. You can find ClubCorp on Facebook at facebook.com/clubcorp and on Twitter @ClubCorp.
Since its inception in 2007, ClubCorp’s Charity Classic has raised more than $10 million, benefiting charities, including MDA’s Augie’s Quest, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the ClubCorp Employee Partners Care Foundation.
MDA is the world leader in providing ALS services and funding ALS research. Over the years, MDA has invested $324 million in its ALS research, services and information programs. In addition, MDA operates 200 medical clinics across the county, 44 of which are designated as ALS-specific research and clinical care centers.
MDA established the MDA ALS Clinical Research Network to streamline collaboration on ALS research and support tests of experimental treatments, with locations at Methodist Hospital (Houston), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), Columbia University (New York City), Emory University (Atlanta) and California Pacific Medical Center (San Francisco).
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. For more information, visit mda.org and follow us on facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.
About Employee Partners Care Foundation
The Employee Partners Care Foundation (epcarefoundation.com) was established by ClubCorp to help employees and their families in need of financial assistance in times of crisis. Future plans include incorporating a scholarship component into the fund in order to provide scholarships for Employee Partners or their children and grandchildren. Funds for the Employee Partners Care Foundation come from Employee Partner donations, as well as private donations.