Tournament Supports McDonald House

January 21, 2004
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The Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation has selected Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan as its lead charity for the 2004 Farmers Charity Classic golf tournament.

The event, now in its 19th year and featuring professional players from the Champions Tour, is scheduled for May 31 through June 6 at Egypt Valley Country Club.

“The ability to provide a temporary home and services to families of pediatric children is truly heart-warming,” said Cathy Prein, president of the foundation. “The Jaycees organize many community activities throughout the year, but this year, knowing that the tournament’s proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan, is truly special.”

Fund raised from the golf tournament will be used to completely refurbish the 14-year-old house.

“The Farmers Charity Classic is truly a godsend for us during these challenging economic times when all money raised is needed just to keep the lights on and the heat flowing,” said Nancy Ney, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan. “We look forward to another 15 years of welcoming guests into a well-kept home where all they have to be concerned about is their children.”

The house, which opened on March 23, 1990, serves as an alternative to hotels, hospital corridors or cars for families staying in Grand Rapids with their children who are receiving medical treatment.

Tournament Executive Director Brian Kemp said he expects 200 sponsors and 800 volunteers to be part of this year’s event.  

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