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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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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Meijer kicks off fall campaign of its signature hunger relief program, Simply Give

Meijer kicks off fall campaign of its signature hunger relief program, Simply Give
Meijer kicks off fall campaign of its signature hunger relief program, Simply Give

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Aug-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — After a record-setting spring campaign tied to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, Midwest retailer Meijer recently kicked off the fall campaign of its signature hunger relief program, Simply Give, across its six-state footprint in an effort to help local food pantry partners restock their shelves.

“Meijer is committed to helping end the problem of food insecurity in the Midwest,” Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “With the ongoing generous support of our customers, we can continue to stock the shelves of local food pantries and aid families in our own communities.”

How it works:

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. The donation will then be converted into a Meijer food-only gift card and given to the local food pantry selected by the store after the campaign concludes.

The fall Simply Give campaign will run now through Sept. 24. Simply Give donation cards can be purchased at all 229 Meijer stores and will benefit a local food pantry. Meijer Simply Give donation cards can be found on fixtures near the checkout, as well as in the grocery and pharmacy departments.

Since Meijer began its Simply Give program in 2008, nearly $24 million has been donated to help neighborhood food pantries keep their shelves stocked throughout the year.

In addition, Meijer will double match customers’ donations Sept. 1-3. That means for every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

The Simply Give program runs three times a year to help fulfill the needs of the retailer’s food pantry partners during the times of most need: Spring, Fall and Holiday. The partnering food pantries are rotated to ensure broad outreach in the communities. Instead of determining what food to donate to the food pantry partners, the Simply Give program allows the pantries the flexibility to choose the grocery items best suited for the families they serve.

To view a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 229 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. 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
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

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 holds its signature hunger relief program Simply Give; will match spring campaign donations 2-to-1 April 17-18

Retailer matches spring campaign donations 2-to-1 April 17-18 to help food pantries gear up for summer months.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer holds its signature hunger relief program, Simply Give, three times a year when its food pantry partners need the most help, but the spring campaign is arguably the most critical campaign.

“The spring Simply Give campaign is responsible for helping our food pantry partners prepare for the uptick in clients they see in the summer when federal school lunch programs are not available to children,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “The Simply Give program has helped fill a void in the communities we serve thanks to the continued support and generosity of our customers, team members and pantry partners.”

To help those food pantries gear up for the summer months, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer will stretch every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation further April 17-18. That means for every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 19.5 percent of all households with children nationwide were food insecure in 2013. Additionally, food-insecure children in about 70 percent of low-income homes in 2010-11 received free or reduced-price school meals, which is the most recent data available.

Meijer began its Simply Give program in November 2008 as a way to help restock the shelves of local food pantries throughout the Midwest. Since then, the program has generated nearly $14 million for those food pantry partners to distribute to hungry families. And, more importantly, those meals stay local, said Janet Emerson, executive vice president of retail operations for Meijer.

“We know how important it is to our customers that their generous donations remain in their local communities,” Emerson said. “That’s why each of our stores partner with a local food pantry during the Simply Give campaign.”

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards that are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to the food pantry selected by the store. The Simply Giveprogram runs three times a year; the spring campaign will run through May 11.

Customers will have an opportunity for Meijer to double match their donations April 17-18.

Customers can find Simply Give donation cards on fixtures near the checkout, and grocery and pharmacy departments.

To view a video that highlights the retailer’s hunger relief efforts, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

About Meijer Philanthropy:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer 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 http://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

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