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Ryder Cup "Legends Fore Children" and Ryder Cup "Classical Drive" to benefit charities

August 21, 2004

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA of America announced today the creation of two new Ryder Cup sanctioned events designed to benefit local charities-the Ryder Cup Legends Fore Children and the Ryder Cup Classical Drive. All net proceeds from the Ryder Cup sanctioned events 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."

The Ryder Cup Classical Drive will benefit the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and be held at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Mich., on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004. This event will be a multi-sensory experience that will utilize the entire Max venue including Orchestra Hall, The Music Box, Allesee Rehearsal Hall and more. The evening will include live blues, R&B, jazz, golf simulators and a strolling "Ryder Cup themed" dinner with the finest food and beverage selections from past Ryder Cup cities and an "Irish Pub" in honor of the 2006 Ryder Cup Matches in Kildare, Ireland.

"The Detroit Symphony Orchestra believes that The Ryder Cup Classical Drive at The Max will be one of the finest programs we have yet produced in our newly expanded and restored historic venue," said Ross Binnie, Vice President for Sales and Service. "The DSO is delighted The PGA and Oakland Hills are helping us raise critical funds for our education and outreach activities though this officially sanctioned Ryder Cup event."

"We created these programs to make a more lasting impression in the local community," said PGA of America President M.G. Orender. "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, people interested in Classical Drive can purchase tickets by calling The Max box office at (313) 576-5111, or sending an email to You can also get more information at

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 Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs in Orchestra Hall, a national historic landmark, now part of The Max M. Fisher Music Center, which opened in 2003. The orchestra is heard live by over 450,000 people annually in a year-round performance schedule. The DSO offers 13 different educational programs including the annual Educational Concert Series (ECS) for 26,000 metro area school children; the Civic Ensembles youth orchestras and jazz band; the DSO Fellowship Program for African American Musicians, the Interlochen Music Camp Residence and more.

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
  • Ryder Cup Classical Drive, Max M. Fisher Music Center, Saturday, Sept. 18
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