Chicago's magnificent miles tees up 'Tartan Art on the Avenue' for charity

Fifty custom-designed 5-foot golf balls will be displayed On Michigan Avenue in celebration of the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

OAK BROOK, Ill. (September 13, 2012) -- One of the great avenues of the world, Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, is now home to the "Tartan Art on the Avenue" public art exhibit, featuring 50 uniquely decorated giant golf balls located along Chicago's Magnificent Mile and throughout the Chicagoland area.

The exhibit is part of Magnificent Moments, an officially sanctioned charitable fundraising campaign of the upcoming 39th Ryder Cup, which will be played Sept. 25-30 at historic Medinah (Ill.) Country Club. The campaign is raising money for two local charities - Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana and The Illinois PGA Foundation - by hosting a series of "Magnificent Moments" in Chicago.

"We are very excited to roll out this wonderful exhibit in celebration of the Ryder Cup matches," said Doug Porter, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. "The Magnificent Moments team has worked very hard to develop this unique collection of golf balls to raise awareness and important funds for the ongoing works of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana and the Illinois PGA Foundation."

About "Tartan Art on the Avenue"
The "Tartan Art on the Avenue" exhibit will be on display from September 13 to October 10, and features five-foot golf balls designed exclusively for many Chicago businesses and organizations, along with golf balls with sponsorship from around the world. Additionally, there are several celebrity golf balls, including designs representing most of Chicago's professional sports teams, and golf balls signed by Chicago notables including actress Jenny McCarthy, American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan. U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and European Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal will also have golf balls on display at Medinah Country Club during the Ryder Cup.

American icon and Official Ryder Cup artist LeRoy Neiman was the honorary Chairman of "Tartan Art on the Avenue" until his death in June. His last brilliantly-colored work of art is one of the golf ball masterpieces and will be on display at Medinah Country Club during the Ryder Cup. This one-of-a-kind golf ball, as well as several of the celebrity golf balls, will be auctioned off at the conclusion of the Ryder Cup. Auction information will be available on the official Website for the Ryder Cup:

"Bagpipes & Blues" International Pep Rally
The Magnificent Moments campaign will also be hosting the "Bagpipes & Blues" International Pep Rally event on September 27, the eve of the opening day of Ryder Cup match play. Blending the cultures of Europe and Chicago, this event at the Field Museum will provide a spectacular evening set against Chicago's stunning skyline, and will allow attendees the opportunity to indulge in elegant dishes celebrating the Ryder Cup and Chicago culinary favorites, while enjoying music ranging from Chicago Blues to Scottish Bagpipes. A premium bar and a world-class auction supporting the campaign's two magnificent charities will round out the festivities.

The "Bagpipes & Blues" event will be open to the public, with tickets available for purchase. In addition, a limited number of Ryder Cup daily tickets are available through the Magnificent Moments campaign.  For tickets or information about Magnificent Moments, visit

About the 2012 Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup, among the last great professional sporting events where winning, and not prize money, is its own reward, spans 38 competitions over 85 years. The competition was born in 1927, when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold trophy that bears his name. The U.S. Team defeated Great Britain, 9½ to 2½, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass. The Ryder Cup, recognized as the pre-eminent international team event in golf, has since expanded to involve the finest players of Europe. The United States has posted 25 victories, Great Britain/Europe has won 11 times, and there have been two ties. Europe currently has possession of the Ryder Cup trophy, thanks to a thrilling 14½-13½ victory over the United States in October 2010 in Wales. The 39th Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 25-30 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.

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About the Illinois PGA Foundation
The Illinois PGA Foundation is a 501 © 3 organization that serves as the charitable arm of the Illinois Section PGA, one of the forty-one geographical regions that comprises the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA of America).  Established in 1991, the organization focuses its community efforts on promoting the goodwill and growth of the game with an emphasis on activities that benefit youth.  Learn more at

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana
Caring for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion, and community, RMHC®-CNI keeps families together in a 'home away from home'.  RMHC-CNI recently opened the world's largest Ronald McDonald House® near Lurie Children's, helping more families than ever before.  To learn more, visit