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Announcing US$1.4M 2016 Charitable Contribution, Launching 2017 Birdie Challenge With Tackle Kids Cancer

OLD WESTBURY, New York — THE NORTHERN TRUST announced that the 2016 event, played at Bethpage State Park (Black) in Farmingdale, N.Y., raised a grand total of $1.4 million for New York/New Jersey Metropolitan-area charities. With the addition, the tournament has generated more than $46.2 million to community charities since 1967. THE NORTHERN TRUST is set to kick off the FedExCup Playoffs at the Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York, August 22-27, 2017.

“Making a difference in our communities is at the heart of everything we do at this event,” Julie Tyson, executive director of THE NORTHERN TRUST, said. "The tournament allows us to bring together an incredible group of fans, sponsors and our partner Northern Trust around a great event that also positively impacts people's lives.”

THE NORTHERN TRUST has provided charitable contributions to a variety of charities in recent years, and Tackle Kids Cancer at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center was named the official charity of the event in 2016. The Tackle Kids Cancer Program raises money for critical research and programs at the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center.

In 2017, Tackle Kids Cancer will work in conjunction with the tournament on the first THE NORTHERN TRUST Birdie Challenge. This program challenges fans and supporters to pledge a donation for every birdie that is recorded throughout this year’s tournament to help raise awareness and support for the life-saving mission of Tackle Kids Cancer.

“The PGA TOUR and THE NORTHERN TRUST are committed to helping Tackle Kids Cancer raise money to cure pediatric cancer,” Jon Fitzgerald, president of Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation said. “THE NORTHERN TRUST Birdie Challenge is a perfect example of socially aware organizations putting fundraising ideas into action. The Birdie Challenge will allow golf fans to directly make donations both on site and online.”

“We are so proud to work with such an important partner in Tackle Kids Cancer,” Tyson said. “The Birdie Challenge will help provide critical funds for those who need it most by advancing research and providing children in our community access to the highest level of care."

Fans and supporters will be able to pledge donations through Pledgeit (, choosing an amount per birdie based on the total number of birdies during competition rounds of THE NORTHERN TRUST, which benefits The Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center. Every dollar raised benefits the essential clinical care, unique support services and groundbreaking research needed to find a cure. Anyone who pledges any amount will be allowed one entry to guess the total number of birdies for the tournament, with the closest guess winning a foursome at Bethpage Black or Plainfield Country Club or four Skybox Tickets for THE NORTHERN TRUST in 2018. There are also incentives for fans to pledge more for each birdie, ranging from Tackle Kids Cancer items to upgraded tickets to THE NORTHERN TRUST 2017. The tournament averages roughly 1200 birdies per year.

THE NORTHERN TRUST will kick off FedExCup Playoffs at the Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York, August 22-27, 2017. For more information and a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament, visit or follow the tournament on Twitter and Instagram @TheNTGolf, and on Facebook at

PowerShares QQQ Championship Announces US$250,000 Charitable Impact

2016 PowerShares QQQ Championship at the Sherwood Country Club

Charles Schwab Cup Playoff Event Benefits Local Sherwood Cares Foundation In Conejo Valley & Ventura County. (PGA TOUR/Ryan Young)

THOUSAND OAKS, California — PowerShares QQQ Championship tournament officials announced that the 2016 PGA TOUR Champions event generated $250,000 for non-profit organizations in the greater Conejo Valley and Ventura County areas. The tournament also announced that the Sherwood Cares Foundation, which debuted as the official charity at the 2016 event, will remain in that role through 2018.

“We were pleased with the success of the inaugural PowerShares QQQ Championship, and look forward to continuing to build on those efforts as we look towards maximizing our charitable impact in 2017 and beyond,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Greg McLaughlin. “Our goal is to create great competition inside the ropes at Sherwood Country Club while leaving a strong community footprint in the region.”

As the inaugural event in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, the 2016 PowerShares QQQ Championship supported 14 Sherwood Cares Foundation local charities as well as The First Tee of Los Angeles, through the Buy Now. Give Back. ticket program. This unique program afforded local charities the opportunity to attend the tournament at no cost.  For every one (1) daily grounds ticket purchased between June 2 and October 16, one (1) daily grounds tickets was donated to local charities within the community.  In addition to the program, the tournament donated ticket and parking packages to 17 deserving local charities.

Sherwood Cares is the charitable foundation of Sherwood Country Club. The foundation serves children and families in the Conejo Valley and Ventura County through programs that address educational, medical, nutritional and safety concerns.  Through the support of the Sherwood Board of Governors, the Foundation and the efforts of Sherwood Country Club members, over $350,000 has been provided to 22 local charities in just over two years.

"Our relationship with the PowerShares QQQ Championship has allowed us the opportunity to accelerate our ability to support local charities,” said George Carney, Jr., President of Sherwood Cares.

The PGA TOUR and its tournaments donated more than $166 million to charitable causes in 2016. The tally brought the all-time total generated for charity by the PGA TOUR to $2.46 billion since the first-ever charitable contribution of $10,000 was made by the 1938 Palm Beach Invitational. Of that total, more than $1.4 billion has come since the TOUR surpassed the $1-billion plateau in 2005.

The 2016 PowerShares QQQ Championship, which was won by Tom Pernice, Jr., was held in October at Sherwood Country Club. The 2017 event, which will be the second of three events in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, will be contested the week of October 23-29, with the top 54 players competing for a $2 million purse.

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