(April 4, 2014, Greenwood, S.C.) – Organizers of the state’s only LPGA qualifying tournament are announcing the charitable recipients of the fundraising event to support women’s health and other community initiatives to benefit women and families in the Lakelands region of South Carolina.
Charitable funds are expected to total $200,000, making the Self Regional Healthcare Women’s Health Classic the largest charitable contribution of all of the 20 Symetra – Road to the LPGA tournaments in the U.S.
The primary beneficiary of the tournament is the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation, which will use funds to support Self Regional Healthcare’s services for women and outreach programs for women in the community. Chip Stockman, chair of the Self Regional Foundation board, said, “These funds will help the women in our area improve their health, and we know that most women serve as the healthcare managers for their families. That benefits everyone.”
In addition to Self Regional, Piedmont Technical College Foundation, which serves students in all seven Lakelands counties, will receive major funding from the tournament designated for women’s scholarships.
Local non-profit The Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) will allocate the charitable funds generated by the tournament.
President and CEO of GCCF Mark Kasper, said, “We are honored to receive the tournament’s charitable distributions for the Lakelands. In addition to the two tournament beneficiaries and an endowment to the GCCF for women’s causes, we have diligently selected eight organizations which serve the needs of women and families from surrounding counties to receive a portion of the proceeds.”
Additional recipients of tournament proceeds include the following organizations in the counties noted:
Multi-county service area:
Meg’s House http://megshouse.org/ provides safe emergency shelter and supportive services for victims of domestic violence, including emergency shelter, assistance with relocation and transitional housing, information and referrals, court advocacy, support groups, and educational services. Meg’s House serves McCormick, Edgefield, and Greenwood counties.
A Place for Us Ministries http://aplaceforus.com/ exists to minister to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of birthmothers and fathers facing crisis pregnancies. The organization provides physical care in the form of a home for birthmothers and practical training related to homemaking and parenthood.
Beyond Abuse http://beyondabuse.info/ leads the community beyond sexual violence and child abuse through awareness, advocacy, and action. The organization helps prevent sexual violence and child abuse by building awareness about the social and personal costs, risks and effects of interpersonal violence.
Women In Unity http://www.womeninunity.org/ creates positive change in the lives of disadvantaged children and families in the Edgefield area to significantly improve success in school, in the workplace and in homes.
SAFE HOME http://thesafehome.org/ provides 24-hour services for victims of domestic violence. Their mission is to provide a safe place for battered women to find comfort, peace, acceptance, and support while they are rebuilding shattered lives.
McCormick Children’s Home, Inc., provides emergency residential care for abused, neglected, or abandoned children. Children may range from birth to seventeen years of age.
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands http://www.stsm.org/ provides crisis intervention, advocacy, and support services to female and male child, adolescent, and adult survivors of sexual assault and abuse.
MK Inc., http://www.mamakidsinc.com/ provides service to communities through community development initiatives such as after school programs, parent literacy, economic empowerment, teen pregnancy prevention, and character development.