Meijer Simply Give program generated nearly $8.5 million in 2017 for Midwest food pantries

Meijer Simply Give program generated nearly $8.5 million in 2017 for Midwest food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer Simply Give program set a record in 2017 with nearly $8.5 million – the equivalent of at least 84.8 million meals – for food pantries through the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation to more than $37 million since its inception in 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign – held during the holiday season – resulted in more than $3.1 million, or at least 31 million meals, alone for hungry families. It was the program’s best campaign ever.

“It’s inspiring to see friends and neighbors come together to take care of hungry families throughout the communities we serve,” Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We cannot thank our customers, team members and food pantry partners enough for continuing to support this important program.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families. It runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

“Hunger is a local problem, which is why the funds given to Simply Give stay local,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work together to ensure no one has to go without food.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to included expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

SOURCE: Meijer

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

Meijer to donate up to $400,000 to children’s gift-giving programs through its Buy a Toy, Share the Joy program

Meijer to donate up to $400,000 to children’s gift-giving programs through its Buy a Toy, Share the Joy program

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Nov-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the fourth consecutive year, Meijer is donating a portion of customer purchases made in the toy department, up to $400,000, to children’s gift-giving programs throughout the Midwest.

Any toy purchased at Meijer starting Oct. 29 throughout November will help the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer share the joy this holiday season.

“Meijer wants to help make the holidays happier for hundreds of children, because every child deserves to experience the joy of unwrapping a toy,” said Dan Myers, Divisional Merchandise Manager of Toys for Meijer. “We know how much value our customers place on sharing their good fortune, and we believe the Buy a Toy, Share the Joy program will create lasting memories for children in need.”

Purchases made on hundreds of toys – including favorite national brands like Fisher-Price, Barbie, Lego and Nerf, and this season’s top toys – will count toward increasing the donation, up to $400,000, to children’s gift-giving programs within the retailer’s six-state footprint of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Meijer will select the programs to ensure that the donations remain in the communities Meijer serves.

Plus, in an effort to contribute even more, purchases of Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, Thomas the Train, Play-Doh products, Pop! Vinyls and Melissa & Doug will be matched with specific donations from Funko, Hasbro, Mattel and Melissa & Doug. For more details, please visit www.meijer.com/joy.

“Meijer was built on a fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live, which is why we donate more than 6 percent of our net profit to charities each year,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving for Meijer. “Our ultimate goal this holiday season is to help our customers save money while still enjoying the tradition of gift giving whether those gifts are for loved ones or for children in their community who might otherwise go without.”

For more information about the Buy a Toy, Share the Joy program, please visit www.meijer.com/joy.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
616-735-7968
christina.fecher@meijer.com 

Source: Meijer

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Meijer kicks off fall Simply Give campaign

Meijer kicks off fall Simply Give campaign

 

Program generated nearly $32 million since 2008 for food pantries across the Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the heels of its record-setting spring efforts, the Meijer fall Simply Give campaign will kick off Sunday to help stock the shelves of its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

“Participation in our Simply Give program continues to grow, thanks to the generosity of our customers and dedicated food pantry partners,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving. “We are committed to helping end the problem of food insecurity in the Midwest.”

The fall campaign will run through Sept. 16, helping restock the shelves of food pantries that were heavily utilized during the summer months.

In addition, on Sept. 1-2, Meijer will double match customers’ donations up to $25,000 per pantry. That means for every $10 donation card purchased, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

How it works:

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

Simply Give donation cards can be purchased at all 235 Meijer stores and will benefit a local food pantry.

Since Meijer began its Simply Give program in 2008, nearly $32 million – or 352 million meals – has been donated to help neighborhood food pantries keep their shelves stocked throughout the year. According to Feeding America, $1 equals 11 meals.

The program runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

“Hunger is a problem that occurs in all of our communities, which is why the funds generated from Simply Give stay local,” Cooper said. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work toward ensuring no one has to go without food.”

A video featuring a food pantry volunteer is available on the Meijer Newsroom at http://newsroom.meijer.com/broll-footage.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Christina Fecher
616-735-7968
christina.fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Meijer hosts in-store parties for incoming college students across the Midwest

Meijer hosts in-store parties for incoming college students across the Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Aug-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Midwest retailer Meijer is getting ready to welcome more than 42,000 incoming college freshmen as they head to campus this fall during widely-popular shopping parties dubbed “Meijer Mania.”

The annual Back-to-College events celebrate incoming students in style during a night of fun—complete with a DJ, photo booth and interactive contests—while helping them collect their last-minute dorm and classroom essentials. The retailer kicks off the Meijer Mania events next week and will host a total 20 events at 18 colleges across the Midwest through early September.

“Our Meijer Mania events provide students the opportunity to shop for their first living spaces away from home and share a fun-filled bonding experience with classmates,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Promotions and Sponsorships at Meijer. “We are pleased to partner with so many colleges and universities to help ease the transition of moving into a new living environment for these students.”

Meijer began throwing in-store parties for incoming college freshmen more than 15 years ago to give students a chance to get to know their peers in a fun atmosphere, and introduce the Meijer brand to those who may not have grown up shopping at the Midwest supercenter—some of whom may learn how to pronounce the retailer’s name for the first time, Cooper said.

In total, more than 42,000 students—about 2,000 freshmen per event—will bus from campus to their local Meijer store for a night of festivities. Typically, a DJ will get the crowd pumped up while students participate in interactive games and contests, snap pictures in the photo booth, and stock their carts with snacks and school supplies. Meijer also provides samples and coupons, and occasionally hosts big-ticket giveaways.

One of retail’s leading shopping seasons, back-to-school and college is a $75 billion industry, according to the National Retail Federation. Meijer Mania events help spread out the spending during a time when college students and their families are busy preparing for the school year.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

SOURCE: Meijer

 

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

Meijer spring Simply Give campaign raised more than $3 million; the most successful campaign in its 9-year history

Spring campaign generated more than $3 million for Midwest food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer spring Simply Give campaign set a record with more than $3 million – or 33 million meals – to stock the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest, making it the most successful campaign in the program’s 9-year history.

The spring success came on the heels of a record $1 million donation to the program during the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, and a record-setting year in 2016, said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving.

“The Simply Give program is making a difference in the communities we serve, and we are so thankful our customers continue to stand with us and support this incredibly worthwhile effort,” Cooper said. “It’s inspiring to see friends and neighbors coming together to help feed our hungry neighbors.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families. Since then, nearly $32 million – or 352 million meals – has been generated for food pantries.

The program runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Christina Fecher
616-735-7968
christina.fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give announces record donation of more than $1 million to support food pantries across Midwest

2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give announces record donation of more than $1 million to support food pantries across Midwest

Representatives announce dates for fifth year tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The fourth annual Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give concluded today (June 18, 2017) with a win by Canadian LPGA Professional Brooke M. Henderson and a record donation of more than $1 million to the retailer’s Simply Give program that stocks the shelves of its food pantry partners across the Midwest.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic has an incredible impact on our hungry neighbors, and it’s thanks to the ongoing community support that we met our goal of raising at least $1 million during this year’s tournament,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We look forward to continuing this tradition again next year.”

The 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic will be held June 11-17 at Blythefield Country Club.

“On behalf of everyone at Meijer, we congratulate Brooke Henderson on a great win at the Meijer LPGA Classic,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “Despite a few weather delays, it was a fantastic end to a wonderful week. This year’s tournament was once again fully embraced by the community.”

While final attendance figures are not yet available, representatives said the tournament continued to exceed expectations and will definitely meet the goal of raising at least $1 million for Simply Give.

In total, the four tournaments have generated more than $3.1 million – or 34.1 million meals – for the Meijer Simply Give program.

Meijer started Simply Give in November 2008 and has since generated more than $29 million for its food pantry partners. The contributions donated as a result of the Meijer LPGA Classic are due, in large part, to the generous Meijer customers who attended the tournament week events, and the sponsors who helped make the event a success.

The $1 million donation will be divided among the retailer’s 237 food pantry partners participating in the spring Simply Give campaign, which ended today.

“The Meijer Simply Give program is extremely important to our food pantry because it helps us to provide healthy and nutritious food to our neighbors,” said Waverly Knight, a director of the Northwest Food Pantry. “Without the program, our food pantry shelves would be empty. We thank Meijer for their willingness to have the Simply Give program and the community for their support in helping feed those in need.”

A crowd of enthusiastic fans braved the weather and lined the ropes at Blythefield Country Club June 13-18 to watch a competitive field of 144 world-class golfers play 72 holes of stroke play. Ultimately, Henderson shot 3-under par in the final round to claim the title as Meijer LPGA Classic champion. She won the tournament by two strokes – over Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie – with a four-round 17-under par total.

Henderson dedicated this tournament to her father, who also happens to be her coach.

“I’ve said this win is for him, but it really is for him because I really wouldn’t have done it without him,” she said. “To have my fourth win is just super exciting, and I’m excited for the summer now. Thank you to Meijer for putting on such a great event, and I’m excited to come back next year to defend my title.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

SOURCE: Meijer

Contact:

Christina Fecher
616-735-7968
christina.fecher@meijer.com

 

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give opens tournament to collegiate athletes for the fourth consecutive year

Fourth year Meijer LPGA Classic opens tournament to collegiate athletes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the fourth consecutive year, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give opened its tournament to collegiate athletes as sponsor exemptions, representing Meijer and their respective universities in the professional tournament.

This year, three exemptions were awarded to Allyson Geer, of Michigan State University; Megan Kim, of the University of Michigan; and August Kim, of Purdue University.

“We are so excited to be able to provide these young athletes the opportunity to compete with the best women golfers in the world,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We think this is a great opportunity for these athletes to show their talent while supporting the Meijer brand.”

Allyson Geer just finished her freshman year at MSU, and has been ranked the No. 1 Michigan junior golfer since 2013. Upon entering MSU, she was ranked 12th in the Golfweek Girls Junior Rankings and 16th in the Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/allyson_geer_1035263.html

August Kim will be the Big Ten sponsor exemption, and is a recent graduate of Purdue University.  Kim was named First Team All-America by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in the 2016-2017 season and won the 2016 Big Ten Championship, setting the tournament record for 54 holes at nine-under, 207.  To view her full bio, please visit:  http://www.purduesports.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/august_kim_864546.html

Megan Kim is a junior at the University of Michigan, and one of four Wolverines to start all 11 tournaments in the 2016-2017 season. Kim made two consecutive NCAA Team Championships appearances, as well as two consecutive NCAA Team Regional appearances. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/megan_kim_912389.html

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
616-540-6108
Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

Eight of Top 10 women golfers on LPGA Official Money List to compete at 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Eight of Top 10 women golfers on LPGA Official Money List to compete at 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

 

Eight of Top Ten on LPGA Official Money List Set to Compete in Tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will have its strongest field, featuring all three former champions, who currently rank in the Top 10 on the 2017 LPGA Official Money List: 2016 Champion Sei Young Kim (8th), 2015 Champion Lexi Thompson (2nd) and 2014 Champion Mirim Lee (10th).

The complete field for the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give was announced today for the tournament held June 13-18 at Blythefield Country Club.

The field consists of eight of the Top 10 women golfers on the 2017 LPGA Official Money List, as well as eight of the Top 10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Other notables include Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome, Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis.

The full field can be found at meijerLPGAclassic.com.

“We are so excited to have such a strong showing of players, which is our best field yet. We believe their commitment is a testament to the community,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “The support these players receive from our community is really special, and because of that, they love coming back to Grand Rapids to compete.”

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact:
Christina Fecher
616-540-6108
Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give adds live music from 3 Doors Down to its robust tournament schedule

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give adds live music from 3 Doors Down to its robust tournament schedule

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is partnering with General Mills to add live music to its robust tournament schedule. A concert, featuring 3 Doors Down, will be held June 17, following tournament play, during LIVE at the Grand Taste at Blythefield Country Club.

Formed in 1995, Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. Known for their mega-hits, ‘Kryptonite,’ ‘Here Without You,’ ‘When I’m Gone,’ and ‘It’s Not My Time,’ the 5-piece rock band has sold more than 18 million albums worldwide.

Any Meijer LPGA Classic ticket or credential that is valid for Saturday, June 17 will allow access to LIVE at the Grand Taste – the 3 Doors Down concert at Blythefield Country Club. For a complete list of valid credentials, visit meijerLPGAclassic.com. The concert is free for all Saturday ticket holders or $10 at the gate. Tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first serve basis while quantities last.

“This year’s tournament will, once again, attract top talent on the golf course and now on stage,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We try very hard to make this an event for the entire family. We believe adding this concert into an already fun week of activities will engage even more people in the community – to support feeding the hungry through Simply Give.”

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer or purchase tickets, please visitmeijerLPGAclassic.com.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
616-540-6108
Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give food tasting event adds food demonstrations by celebrity chefs Cat Cora and Carla Hall

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give food tasting event adds food demonstrations by celebrity chefs Cat Cora and Carla Hall

Celebrity chefs to enhance the Grand Taste events with food demonstrations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give continues to enhance its three-day food tasting event – the Grand Taste – with food demonstrations by celebrity chefs Cat Cora and Carla Hall.

Both celebrity chefs have participated in previous Meijer LPGA Classic events, Tournament Director Cathy Cooper said.

“The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic is the greatest food experience on tour, and we are very excited to bring Cat Cora and Carla Hall back for another fun year,” Cooper said. “Our tournament truly offers something for everyone, so being able to highlight the talent of these amazing chefs, along with the best restaurants and breweries that West Michigan has to offer, will make it an experience the community won’t want to miss.”

Cooper said all Grand Taste ticket holders will have access to the chef demonstrations, and therefore, won’t need to purchase an additional ticket.

After participating in the 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic, Cat Cora, the first female Iron Chef on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, will return on Saturday, June 17 to the Grand Taste tent to share a few of her favorite recipes.

  • Cora is a world renowned chef best known for her featured role as an “Iron Chef” on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and as a co-host of Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates. Cora makes regular appearances on a variety of talk shows and has hosted and guest judged a number of food shows, including Bravo’s Top Chef, Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen. She has opened numerous restaurants, including Cat Cora’s Taproom that is located in the Detroit Metro Airport.

Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew, will make her third appearance at the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday, June 18 at the Grand Taste tent for fun, interactive demos.

  • Hall is a co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series, The Chew. Although she is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef, where she won over audiences with her catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo,” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Hall’s Southern Kitchen – her first restaurant – opened in New York City in late 2015. A fast-casual love letter to Nashville, the restaurant features iconic Nashville Hot Chicken and southern sides, anchored by Hall’s family recipes and perfected with her personal touches.

In addition to the celebrity chefs, local restaurants, breweries and Meijer will also feature new food trends through demonstrations at the Grand Taste, Friday through Sunday.

The Grand Taste will be held June 16-18 during tournament week at Blythefield Country Club, and will feature more than 40 of West Michigan’s best restaurants and breweries.

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer or purchase tickets, please visitmeijerLPGAclassic.com.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

SOURCE: Meijer

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-540-6108, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson and Mirim Lee return to play at 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson and Mirim Lee return to play at 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Playing field for the 2017 tournament continues to grow stronger

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The playing field for the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give continues to grow stronger with commitments from its three defending champions – Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson and Mirim Lee – who will return June 13-18 to Blythefield Country Club.

“Each year, we strive to ensure the Meijer LPGA Classic is a high-caliber tournament for the community, but also for these incredible athletes who make Grand Rapids their home,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “When our past champions commit, we know that they recognize and appreciate just how much the community supports them year after year.”

Sei Young Kim – 2016 Champion

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Defending Champion Sei Young Kim is still relatively new to the Tour but has made great strides. Kim captured three victories in her rookie season, and in 2015, won both the Kia Most Compelling Performance Award and the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors. She also became a Rolex First-Time Winner in 2015 at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and has had five overall career wins. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.lpga.com/players/sei-young-kim/98371/bio

Lexi Thompson – 2015 Champion

In her amateur career, Lexi Thompson became the youngest person to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2007 when she was just 12 years old. Thompson ranked No. 1 in the Women’s Amateur and Girl’s Junior Amateur by Golfweek in 2009 before turning professional in 2010. In 2011, she not only became the youngest professional to win on the Ladies European Tour, but also the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history after winning the Navistar LPGA Classic at 16 years, 7 months, and 8 days old. To date, she has competed in two Solheim Cups and UL International Crowns, along with the 2016 Rio Olympics, finished 45 times in the Top 10, and achieved seven LPGA Tour victories and one major. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.lpga.com/players/lexi-thompson/98184/bio.

Mirim Lee – 2014 Champion

Mirim Lee began playing golf at the age of 11. She began her professional career in 2009 and played on the KLPGA’s developmental tour. Lee won her first KLPGA victory at the S-OIL Champions in 2012. In 2013, she broke the tournament scoring record, with a 61 in the third round, of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn Priority List Category for the 2014 season. In her rookie season, Lee became a Rolex First-Time Winner with her playoff win at the 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. This season, Lee won her third win on tour with her victory at the 2017 Kia Classic in March. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.lpga.com/players/mirim-lee/98054/bio

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

A video featuring the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic is available at https://youtu.be/WlNXmv64-vE.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-540-6108, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

SOURCE: Meijer

 

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give to host free activities for junior golfers

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give to host free activities for junior golfers

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Apr-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will once again engage young golf fans at Blythefield Country Club through a junior clinic, free admission and expanded activities during tournament week.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic is truly an event for the entire family and we’re really excited about the enhancements we’ve made for young golf fans at the course this year,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We have some really fun activities for kids and families to enjoy.”

Youth, ages 17 and under, will receive free admission to the tournament with a ticketed adult.

On the course, they will have access to the Meijer LPGA Kid’s Center, a tent located by 17 Green that will host events and activities for kids all week. The Kid’s Center will give young fans the opportunity to:

  • Practice putting and chipping
  • Play with games and toys
  • Collect LPGA player autograph sessions
  • Make crafts, including a Father’s Day card making station
  • Join a Father’s Day breakfast on Sunday

The Meijer LPGA Kid’s Center will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14-15; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16-17; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18.

Additionally, youth, ages 17 years and under, are invited to participate in the free, two-hour junior clinic that will feature fun activities, games and group instruction by LPGA professionals and local golf pros. The Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic will be held at 12 p.m. June 13 at Egypt Valley Country Club. To register for the Junior Clinic, visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

A video featuring the Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic is available on the Meijer Newsroom at http://newsroom.meijer.com/multimedia.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
616-540-6108
Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel to play in the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel to play in the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

 

Creamer, Pressel partner with Meijer to produce television advertisement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two of the biggest names in ladies golf will return to Grand Rapids in June to compete in the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel – both of whom earned multiple LPGA Tour victories – have announced their commitment to once again play in the tournament held June 13-18 at Blythefield Country Club.

“We are thrilled to announce Morgan and Paula’s return to Grand Rapids for the Meijer LPGA Classic,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “These women are very impressive and have been ambassadors of our tournament since day one.”

Paula Creamer

Paula Creamer has a total of 12 career wins, of which 10 were on the LPGA Tour. To begin her career, Paula was the top-ranked amateur in 2003 and 2004 before earning exempt status for the 2005 LPGA Tour season. Paula is a five-time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team and was the first LPGA Tour rookie and youngest player to qualify for the Solheim Cup. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.lpga.com/players/paula-creamer/80130/bio.

Morgan Pressel

Morgan Pressel began playing golf at 8 years old and is the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open at age 12 after turning pro in 2006. Morgan has had two LPGA Tour wins; the first in 2007 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the second at the 2008 Kapalua LPGA Classic. Morgan is also a five-time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.lpga.com/players/morgan-pressel/82827/bio.

The duo teamed up with Meijer last year to produce a television advertisement that promotes the tournament. The advertisement will air again this year as the tournament draws near.

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
616-540-6108
christina.fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give tickets now available online

2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give tickets now available online

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Mar-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tickets to the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give held June 13-18 at Blythefield Country Club are now available online.

General admission weekly tickets cost $25, and general admission daily tickets cost $10. Kids, ages 17 and under, will receive free admission with a ticketed adult.

“We strive to make the Meijer LPGA Classic an event for the entire community because there is something for everyone to enjoy,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “Our hope is that families, individuals and golf fans from across the Midwest will come to Grand Rapids to enjoy a week of events and watch world-class golf at an affordable cost.”

The Grand Taste, a three-day food tasting event, will return to this year’s tournament week lineup at Blythefield Country Club.

It will be held June 16-18, and adult tickets cost $30 for a single day or $60 for the weekend. Tickets for kids, ages 17 and under with a ticketed adult, cost $10 for a single day and $20 for the weekend. The upgraded ticket will include food and beverage samples from participating local restaurants, breweries and Meijer vendors. This ticket also includes general admission access to the golf tournament.

“The inaugural year of the Grand Taste surpassed our expectations, and we cannot wait to share an enhanced experience with our guests,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. “The Grand Taste features some of the best restaurants and breweries in West Michigan along with Meijer, and is truly a culinary experience the entire family can enjoy.

In addition, the Meijer LPGA Classic 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® will once again be held at 8 a.m. June 17 at Rockford High School. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, two daily tickets to the golf tournament – valid any one day Tuesday through Sunday – and a complimentary breakfast provided by Kellogg’s® after the run.

The cost is $15 per person, ages 17 and under, and $25 per person, ages 18 and older. Strollers are welcome at the event. The top three runners in each age group will receive $500, $250 and $100 in Meijer gift cards, respectively. Local companies, community organizations, families and schools throughout West Michigan are encouraged to put together a team of 5-10 runners; the cost to participate is $150 per team. Winners of the team challenges will receive a $1,000 donation to the Meijer Simply Give program in their team’s name.

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-540-6108

Source: Meijer

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Registration is now open to welcome volunteers for the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Registration is now open to welcome volunteers for the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Fourth-year event looking for volunteers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — With back-to-back top honors from the LPGA under its belt, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give remains one of the premier events on the tour. Tournament organizations say that success wouldn’t be possible without the help of its committed volunteers.

Registration is now open to welcome volunteers for the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, which will be held June 13-18 at Blythefield Country Club.

“The support the community has shown this event the last three years is incredible,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “An event of this caliber requires an incredible commitment from our volunteers and staff, and we couldn’t do it without them.”

The Meijer LPGA Classic will need more than 700 volunteers. Responsibilities range from marshals and standard bearers to transportation and assisting the media. During registration, volunteers can indicate their top three committee choices, and will be assigned based on preferences and availability.

“You don’t need to be an expert in golf to volunteer – anyone can help out,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “The Meijer LPGA Classic offers something for everyone as an attendee, but also for volunteers.”

The volunteer fee is $55, and includes two official tournament golf shirts, one official tournament hat, four weekly grounds passes for friends or family, one ticket to the volunteer appreciation party, and meals and beverages during scheduled shifts. The volunteer badge is valid as a grounds pass, as well as provides access to the Grand Taste and parking for tournament week.

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact: Christina Fecher, christina.fecher@meijer.com, 616-540-6108

The Meijer Simply Give program 2016 generated record breaking $7.8 million for food pantries throughout Midwest

The Meijer Simply Give program 2016 generated record breaking $7.8 million for food pantries throughout Midwest

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer Simply Give program set a record in 2016 with $7.8 million for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation to more than $28 million since its inception in 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign – held during the holiday season – resulted in more than $2.3 million alone for hungry families.

“It’s inspiring to see friends and neighbors come together to take care of hungry families throughout the communities we serve,” Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We cannot thank our customers, team members and food pantry partners enough for continuing to rise to the challenge to support this incredible program.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families. It runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

“Hunger is a problem that occurs in all of our communities, which is why the funds generated from Simply Give stay local,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work toward ensuring no one has to go without food.”

A video featuring a food pantry volunteer is available on the Meijer Newsroom at http://newsroom.meijer.com/multimedia/categories/philanthropy-community-news.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-735-7968

Source: Meijer

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The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic received the Gold Driver – Dave Goff Series Award by the LPGA and Tournament Owners Association

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic received the Gold Driver – Dave Goff Series Award by the LPGA and Tournament Owners Association

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second consecutive year, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give was recognized as the “Best Tournament” on the LPGA Tour.

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic, which hosted all of the Top 50 LPGA professionals at Blythefield Country Club, received the Gold Driver – Dave Goff Series Award at a recent annual luncheon that honors excellence in event management and marketing across the entire LPGA tournament schedule.

“We are honored to once again receive this prestigious award, which ultimately belongs to the community,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We cannot thank the community enough for their continued support of our tournament, which continues to exceed expectations.”

The Gold Driver – Dave Goff Series Award recognizes the entire body of work from a tournament, and is considered the ultimate prize awarded by the LPGA and Tournament Owners Association. The Meijer LPGA Classic also earned awards for its social media campaign, player engagement, sponsorship activation, program and the overall tournament experience.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has quickly become a role model for LPGA tournaments, excelling in all aspects of a successful tournament,” LPGA Chief Commercial Officer Jon Podany said. “It is quite impressive to earn six TOA Gold Driver Awards honors, the Gold Driver Award for the best overall tournament experience, in just their third year as a tournament. These accolades speak volumes to the unified efforts of the tournament partners and staff, Blythefield Country Club, the Grand Rapids community and the people at Meijer who work year-long to make this event truly stand out.”

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will return to Blythefield Country Club on Father’s Day weekend June 13-18. The driving mission of the tournament is focused on feeding the hungry through the retailer’s Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. Over the past three years, the Meijer LPGA Classic generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

The tournament hosts a field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. The tournament also includes events throughout the week to engage the entire family, including a Kid’s Center, Meijer LGPA 5k Run and Walk presented by Kellogg’s, and the Grand Taste, a three-day food-tasting event that features local restaurants, breweries, Meijer products, along with celebrity and local chef demonstrations.

“We are dedicated to making the Meijer LPGA Classic an event the community and the LPGA can stand behind,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We are looking forward to putting on another great tournament week.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-540-6108

Source: Meijer

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