2019 Charity Partners Receive Support as Part of Barbasol Championship Partnership
Nicholasville, Kentucky (December 17, 2019) – This past Friday, Barbasol Championship Tournament Director Bryan Pettigrew and Barbasol Championship Advisory Board Member Lauren Vernon delivered early Christmas presents to the tournament’s charity partners as part of Caddie127. Through the 2019 Barbasol Championship, $50,000 was raised for Caddie127 and will be divided by each of the Kentucky nonprofit organizations.
Just as caddies and their players support one another, so does Caddie127 support philanthropic organizations that benefit and empower women and children. Caddie127’s official 2019 partners are All God’s Children, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (UK HealthCare), Make-A-Wish Foundation of Kentucky, Refuge for Women, and the Woodhill Community Center.
“We were thrilled to be able to make this type of impact through Caddie127’s first year efforts by supporting these five amazing charitable organizations,” said Pettigrew. “These charities are making a profound difference in the lives of others right here in the Commonwealth,” he added. “Each of these organizations aligns with Caddie127’s mission to serve and care for marginalized women and children in their time of distress. Caddie127 is a Kentucky organization that believes women and children should never walk alone.”
Pettigrew also announced each of Caddie127’s charity partners would return in 2020 and that the Barbasol Championship has set a goal of raising over $100,000 in support of them. Additionally, $10,000 has been earmarked for the creation of a Central Kentucky First Tee program in Lexington and surrounding counties.
PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and Korn Ferry Tour tournaments support a range of charities and causes. With the support of more than 100,000 volunteers annually, and most of its tournaments structured as non-profits, the PGA TOUR generates $200 million annually which assists approximately 3,000 charities. The PGA TOUR gives more charitable resources back to the community each year than the four largest sports leagues combined.
The 2020 Barbasol Championship will be played at Champions at Keene Trace July 16 – 19.
The Inaugural Barbasol Junior Championship, for golfers 15 to 18 years of age, will be played at Keene Run June 29 – July 2, 2020. The winner of the Junior Championship will receive a sponsor’s exemption into the 2020 Barbasol Championship.
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Photo: Rabiya Syed (UK), Rob Edwards (UK), Bryan Pettigrew (Barbasol Championship), Dr. Scottie Day (UK), Laura Coldiron Vernon (Keene Trace)
About the Barbasol Championship
The Barbasol Championship is a PGA TOUR event that takes place July 16 – 19, 2020 at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky, a suburb of Lexington. Champions is an Arthur Hills designed golf course conveniently located one hour from Cincinnati and Louisville. The Barbasol Championship provides its winner with 300 FedEx Cup Points and a two-year PGA TOUR exemption and a trip to the PGA Championship. The 2019 winner of the Barbasol Championship was Jim Herman.
The Barbasol Championship’s charitable arm, Caddie127, reflects the biblical principle from James 1:27 “to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Just as Caddies and their players support one another, so will Caddie127 support local philanthropic organizations that benefit and empower women and children. Caddie127 has named All God’s Children, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (UK HealthCare), the Kentucky Region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Refuge for Women, and the Woodhill Community Center as their 2019 and 2020 charitable partners.
All God’s Children provides care and support to young mothers and their children and families. Through Christ-centered ministries, our non-profit organization offers safe, temporary shelter and programs which address their physical, emotional, education and spiritual needs. By offering sufficient support and life skills, we believe that young women can move beyond challenging circumstances to become loving parents and productive citizens.
Kentucky Children’s Hospital – part of University of Kentucky HealthCare -- is more than a hospital. It’s a promise to provide the most advanced care for kids across the Commonwealth. Our team of doctors, nurses, therapists, surgeons and specialists are devoted to one thing: getting kids back to being kids again.
Refuge for Women is a non-profit, faith-based organization providing specialized long-term care for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. With multiple locations across the U.S., Refuge for Women offers up to twelve months of safe housing, at no charge to the resident, with around the clock care as clients progress through evidence-based, trauma-informed programming. The compassionate staff is trained to help residents work through the program to reclaim their identities and reach their goals to overcome addictions, heal from trauma and develop life skills leading to healthy, balanced living and financial independence.
Together Lexington Leadership Foundation (LLF) and the MAP Foundation, seek to address many of the present needs in Woodhill through the building of a 20,000 square-foot facility which opened in May 2018. The Woodhill Community Center focuses on ACADEMICS, ARTS and ATHLETICS for the community’s urban children, youth and families expanding the number we serve with this permanent location.