Partnerships announced for the Ally Challenge

GRAND BLANC — Tournament officials announced today two non-profit organizations in the greater Flint area to be designated as the primary beneficiaries for the PGA TOUR Champions event coming to Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club September 10-16.

The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren will focus on positively impacting the youth in Genesee County and beyond by designating net proceeds from the tournament to benefit the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGC) and Junior Achievement (JA) in Genesee County.

“The support for the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and Junior Achievement will leave a lasting impact on the community long after the tournament,” said Alison Summerville, Business Administration Executive and Head of Corporate Citizenship, Ally. “Bringing The Ally Challenge to Warwick Hills is exciting on many levels, but perhaps the most exciting element for Ally has been forging relationships with local organizations that will benefit from the tournament, and knowing that education, nutrition and health services will be given to children in need in Flint and Southeastern Michigan.”

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint serves the common good in Genesee County—building a strong community by engaging people in philanthropy and developing the community’s permanent endowment—now and for generations to come. CFGF helps donors support the causes they care about, today or through their estates.

The tournament’s donation to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint will help in efforts to improve the lives and support the long-term development needs of children and families affected by the water crisis with early childhood education, nutrition education, access to healthy food, access to a medical home and family emotional supports.

Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement is part of the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering young people by teaching them the knowledge and skills needed to own their economic success, plan for their future and make beneficial academic and economic choices.

Junior Achievement has partnered with Baker College – Flint to house JA Finance Park. With nearly 24,000 students in the Genesee region having participated in Junior Achievement Programs, this new location will allow the chapter to expand and keep up with the demand for youth education in the region.

In related news, Midnight Golf Program has been named the charity benefactor for The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren Monday Pro-am located at Meadowbrook Country Club on Sept. 10.

Midnight Golf Program’s mission is to improve under-served young adults’ personal development, educational preparedness and appreciation of the game of golf. The Program consists of a 30-week empowerment and mentoring experience that teaches life skills, college preparation, community activism, financial literacy and how to play golf.

In addition to the aforementioned charity partners, The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren will unveil a bonus grassroots charity platform in April that will be available to any qualified 501(c) (3) organization located within southeast Michigan. This new program will create positive opportunities for more charities to get involved and benefit from the tournament’s philanthropic objectives. — G.G.

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