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Golf tournament raises $1.1M for food pantries

June 25, 2018
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Fans watch a golfer tee off at the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club. Courtesy Meijer

The 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic raised $1.1 million for the retailer’s Simply Give hunger-relief program.

The week-long tournament this month exceeded the organization’s goal that was set going into the event.

The donations will be divided among Meijer’s 239 food pantry partners.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic has made an incredible impact on our hungry neighbors,” said Rick Keyes, president and CEO, Meijer. “Thanks to the ongoing support from our community, we exceeded our $1-million goal for this year’s tournament. It was a meaningful end to a fun-filled week, which saw record-breaking attendance of more than 55,000 people.”

The event was the fifth-annual tournament in support of Simply Give. In total, the tournament has raised $4.2 million for food pantries to feed the hungry.

Since Meijer started Simply Give in November 2008, it has generated more than $37 million for its food pantry partners.

“With the help of the Meijer LPGA Classic, the community and the Meijer Simply Give program, this helps keep our food pantry shelves stocked, so that we are able to feed those who might not otherwise have any food on their table,” said Waverly Knight, director, Northwest Food Pantry. “It’s just awesome when the community comes together. Thank you to everyone.”

This year's 72-hole tournament featured 144 of the world’s best female golfers at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, just north of Grand Rapids.

So Yeon Ryu from South Korea won the 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic.

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