Beds for Kids (BFK) mission is to provide a bed and other essential furniture to every child and family in need in Charlotte. On Monday, May 11, Beds for Kids (BFK) hosted “Dream Big”, a fundraising dinner at Ballantyne Hotel. The Wells Fargo Championship provided the fully decorated/equipped ballroom for the event. Wells Fargo Corporation contributed to the cost of the food and beverage, allowing BFK almost 100% profit from the proceeds. On Wednesday, May 13.,the PGA TOUR Wives Association participated in the Beds for Kids event at the warehouse. A total of 27 wives selected furniture and put bedding packages together designated for future deliveries based on the requested needs. Six wives had the honor of accompanying three trucks on deliveries that morning. They were overwhelmed with emotion from the impact of the deliveries.
Since the tournament’s inception in 2003, area Boy Scouts volunteer to help fill divots prior to tournament and each evening throughout the week after play. To complete this task, it requires over 75 scouts and family supporters. For their efforts, the Wells Fargo Championship makes a donation to each respective troop.
During tournament week, Charlotte area nonprofit organizations volunteer to staff on-course concessions and drink stands as well as select corporate hospitality areas. In 2015 over 23 non-profit groups and over 500 of their volunteers were utilized to fulfill this important guest services role. For their efforts they collectively earned a total donation from the tournament of over $122,000.
In cooperation with The First Tee of Charlotte, over 50 members of The First Tee of Greater Charlotte between the ages of 6 and 18 were given the opportunity to caddie for a PGA TOUR professional for at least two holes during the Wednesday Pro-Am. To qualify for the “Caddie For A Day" program participants of The First Tee of Greater Charlotte must complete a series of goals throughout the year.
At the end of play each day during tournament week all unserved prepared food was donated to the community through Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. As a result over 10,000 pounds of food estimated at a value of $20,500 was provided to this worthy cause in 2015.
For the 13th consecutive year, the boosters of CMS South Mecklenburg High School have fulfilled a very important and daunting role - ecology (trash management). These volunteers have dedicated themselves to managing all the tournament waste and recyclables during tournament week. For their efforts the tournament makes a donation to the school’s extracurricular programs.
For 2015 Teach For America and three PGA TOUR players visited Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School to help stress the importance of education. PGA TOUR professionals James Hahn, Nicholas Thompson and Jhonattan Vegas each read a book to 1st and 4th grade students. Later a Q&A session was conducted where students asked the players questions ranging from life on TOUR to more personal questions about their family life.