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Ryder Cup "Legends Fore Children" to benefit Southeastern Michigan charities

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA of America announced the creation of a new Ryder Cup sanctioned event designed to benefit local charities -- the Ryder Cup Legends Fore Children. All net proceeds from the Ryder Cup-sanctioned event will be donated directly to Southeastern Michigan charities.

The Ryder Cup Legends Fore Children will benefit the Children's Charities Coalition and be held at The Somerset Collection in Troy, Mich., on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004. The event will be held in an outdoor pavilion adjacent to Saks Fifth Avenue and feature a non-stop extravaganza of Motown music, food, personalities, orchestras and dancing. Under the direction of Executive Producer, Rob T. Allen, participants will be treated to a Detroit-themed celebration that will include "The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards."

"This is a tremendous opportunity for the Children's Charities Coalition to associate itself with one of the largest sporting events in the world, the 35th Ryder Cup Matches," said Pat Rosen, President of the Children's Charities Coalition. "It offers Ryder Cup guests and community residents an ability to party-with-a-purpose as we raise awareness, funding and support for the various needs of our children in our community."

Added PGA of America President M.G. Orender: "We created these programs to make a more lasting impression in the local community. It is a natural extension of The PGA of America's initiative to grow the game of golf through exciting opportunities for golf fans, as well as continue expanding our charitable programs."

The prices will range between $250 and $1,000 per person depending on the level of ticket. All tickets will include access to entertainment, cocktails and food. People interested in Legends Fore Children can purchase tickets by calling (248) 594-6408 or sending an email to

The Ryder Cup Matches is one of several major championships conducted by The PGA of America to promote interest in the game worldwide. Founded in 1916, The PGA is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women golf professionals who are dedicated to growing the game of golf. Proceeds from the Ryder Cup Matches support PGA membership and outreach programs, as well as designated Detroit-area charitable organizations. Additionally, The PGA directs $2.6 million to U.S. Captain and player designated charities and universities of their choice to help fund "Golf: For Business & Life," a PGA Growth of the Game initiative.

The Children's Charities Coalition is comprised of four not-for-profit organizations in Oakland County: The Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County, The Community House, Orchards Children's Services and Variety The Children's Charity.

The 35th Ryder Cup Matches will be held at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich., Sept. 14-19, 2004.

Official Ryder Cup Sanctioned Events:

  • Ryder Cup Captains Challenge presented by Cadillac, The Detroit Golf Club, Wednesday, Sept. 15
  • Ryder Cup Champions Invitational presented by MGM Grand, Oakland University, Thursday, Sept. 16
  • Ryder Cup Legends Fore Children, The Somerset Collection, Thursday, Sept. 16

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