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 now ranks among the Top Four on the LPGA Tour in terms of attendance so far this year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Representatives with the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give continued this year to build on an exciting tournament, which now ranks among the Top Four on the LPGA Tour in terms of attendance so far this year.

Attendance in the four-day tournament exceeded expectations with nearly 50,000 spectators, but participation in various community events that appealed to foodies, runners and families also rose. An estimated 200 children participated in the junior clinics, more than 625 took part in the 5k run and the inaugural Grand Taste event had more than 10,000 attendees alone.

“We are dedicated to making the Meijer LPGA Classic an event the community and the LPGA can stand behind,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “This event is making a difference in the communities we serve, and we sincerely thank everyone who attended for their continued support.”

Leading up to and during the tournament, LPGA professionals spoke highly of the Meijer LPGA Classic and its accompanying events. For example, two of the biggest names in ladies golf – Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel – helped promote the tournament at Blythefield Country Club by being featured in a television advertisement Meijer produced.

“It is quickly, in only the third year, becoming one of the absolute can’t miss stops on the LPGA tour,” LPGA Professional Morgan Pressel said.

“In short order, Meijer has shown itself as a world class partner committed to delivering a ‘can’t miss’ event on the LPGA schedule,” said Ricki Lasky, senior vice president of tournament business affairs and LPGA properties. “The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has rallied the West Michigan community and been hugely supported by its golf fans, our players and media. We’re excited about the future and looking forward to our return in 2017.”

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will once again be held Father’s Day weekend June 12-18.

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic featured a full field of world-class golfers playing 72 holes of stroke play June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club. Tournament week also featured various community events, including celebrity chef events, 5k run and walk, junior clinics and an inaugural three-day grand tasting event called the Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic that featured more than 40 local restaurants, breweries, growers and Meijer product and vendors.

Meijer donated all the unused food – approximately 6,000 pounds – from the Grand Taste event to a local food bank and food pantry.

The driving mission of the tournament is focused on feeding the hungry through the retailer’s Simply Give program, which restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. Over the past three years, the Meijer LGPA Classic generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves. Additionally, a typical LPGA Tour has an economic impact of up to $6 million in the community in which it’s held.

Meijer began its Simply Give program in November 2008 and has since generated nearly $24 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 spectators who attended the tournament week events, and the sponsors who helped make the event a success.

The $850,000 donation will be spread across the retailer’s estimated 200 food pantry partners that participated in the spring Simply Give campaign that ended June 19.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, 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.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.comwww.facebook.com/LPGAwww.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contact:

Lesley Baker
Tournament Director
Octagon
Lesley.Baker@octagon.com
616-426-6225

Christina Fecher
Public Relations Manager
Meijer
Christina.Fecher@meijer.com
616-735-7968

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Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give now ranks among the Top Four on the LPGA Tour in terms of attendance so far this year
Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give now ranks among the Top Four on the LPGA Tour in terms of attendance so far this year

Source: Meijer

LPGA Tour Professional Gerina Piller to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Who: Gerina Piller, LPGA Tour professional, Lindsey McPherson, sponsor exemption

What: Tournament officials announced today LPGA Tour Professional Gerina Piller has committed to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

During the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic, Gerina Piller made her way up the leaderboard Sunday shooting a final-round 64 to finish T2 at 17-under par. Piller started the day at 10-under par, six shots behind the then-leader Lizette Salas (-16). After birding seven of her first 12 holes, Piller was in the mix for clinching her first career victory. In 2014, Piller finished (-4) and T18.

So far, in 2016, Piller has had 6 Top-10 finishes and she is T2 in the KIA Drive to the Top Award, given to the player with the most Top-10 finishes in a season.

“I’m really looking forward coming back to Grand Rapids and competing at Blythefield Country Club.  I’ve had a great season so far and I can’t wait to keep the momentum going,” Piller stated.

In addition, the tournament announced today that Lindsey McPherson, a Michigan State University alum, will hold one sponsor exemption spot making her eligible to compete in championship play at the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

McPherson was given a sponsor exemption in the 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic and this year, McPherson will be representing both MSU and Meijer. Today and during the Meijer LPGA Classic week, McPherson will be wearing co-branded Meijer and MSU apparel and on her golf bag.

“I am so thankful to Meijer and their team for giving me another opportunity to compete at this level. I’m proud to represent Meijer and Michigan State and I look forward to playing with the best female golfers in the world,” McPherson said.

McPherson finished her career at MSU with a 77.42 scoring average (4,645 strokes in 60 rounds), played in 20 career tournaments, had two Top-10 finishes, 102 birdies in her college career and two-time academic All-Big Ten selection.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has donated more than $1.3 million to local food pantries through the Simply Give program.

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

To view a video recapping the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com, and a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-lpga-classic-forehunger.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

SOURCE: Meijer

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LPGA Tour Professional Gerina Piller to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

LPGA Tour Professional Gerina Piller to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Meijer LPGA Classic: Carla Hall, Dean Fearing and Marcus Samuelsson to host Celebrity Chef Nights

Carla Hall, Dean Fearing and Marcus Samuelsson to host Celebrity Chef Nights

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give continues to enhance its inaugural Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic event with the addition of three celebrity chef experiences. Celebrity Chefs Dean Fearing, Carla Hall and Marcus Samuelsson will host individual culinary experiences June 17-19 at Blythefield Country Club.

“One of the best things about this event is that it’s not just a golf event – there is literally something for everyone,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “We are thrilled to bring three culinary experts to the table and combine some of West Michigan’s finest cuisine with an unforgettable experience for our guests.”

Each iconic chef will host their own exclusive experience that will include live cooking demonstrations, food tastings and local restaurant partners.

A Night with Dean Fearing

Friday, June 17 – Blythefield Country Club

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Creator of Fearing’s Restaurant and author of “The Texas Food Bible,” Chef Dean Fearing is renowned for the “Elevated American Cuisine – Bold Flavors, No Borders” of his award-winning Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas. Long known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Fearing spent his life cooking for people who love good food.

An Evening with Carla Hall

Saturday, June 18 – Blythefield Country Club

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series “The Chew;” although she is best known as a competitor onBravo’sTop Chef,” where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo,” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Hall’s Southern Kitchen — the chef’s first restaurant — open in NYC 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.

Father’s Day Brunch with Marcus Samuelsson

Sunday, June 19 – Blythefield Country Club

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie. A committed philanthropist, and the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times, Samuelsson has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards, including Best Chef: New York City, and was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner. Samuelsson was also crowned champion of television shows “Top Chef Masters” and “Chopped All Stars,” and served as a mentor on ABC’sThe Taste.”

Tickets to each event cost $50 per person, and are available to purchase online at meijerLPGAclassic.com. Tickets are limited.

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will host a full field of 144 players, playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. The driving mission of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is to focus on feeding the hungry, and improving the quality of life within the region. The tournament coincides with the retailer’s Simply Giveprogram, which has generated more than $21 million since 2008 for food pantries in the communities it serves.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, 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.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.comwww.facebook.com/LPGAwww.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

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Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

 

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Meijer LPGA Classic: Carla Hall, Dean Fearing and Marcus Samuelsson to host Celebrity Chef Nights

Meijer LPGA Classic: Carla Hall, Dean Fearing and Marcus Samuelsson to host Celebrity Chef Nights

The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic announces new restaurants for inaugural Grand Taste event June 17-19 at Blythefield Country Club

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Who: Grand Rapids community

What: The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic is announcing new restaurant partnerships for the inaugural Grand Taste event June 17-19 at Blythefield Country Club. The three-day culinary experience, which is running in conjunction with the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, will feature more than 40 local restaurants, breweries, local growers and Meijer vendors.

The additional partnership agreements include The Pit Stop, Brewery Vivant, San Chez Bistro, Yesterdog and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Additional restaurant partnership announcements will follow as the event nears.

A complimentary shuttle service has also been added to facilitate transportation from downtown Grand Rapids to Blythefield Country Club. Guests will be shuttled from MLive Media Group, 169 Monroe Ave. NW, to the main entrance at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. The free shuttle service will run from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 17-19 for ticketed guests.

Where: Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic tickets are available at meijerLPGAclassic.com

For additional details on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, or Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic please contact the representatives per the information above.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

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The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic announces new restaurants for inaugural Grand Taste event June 17-19 at Blythefield Country

The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic announces new restaurants for inaugural Grand Taste event June 17-19 at Blythefield Country

 

Source: Meijer