|PGA of America, Kiawah Island Golf Resort Kick Off PGA Championship Week With Habitat for Humanity Ribbon Cutting|
|The collaborative effort to build the home for a family of three involved more than 240 volunteers working more than 325 shifts from June 23 to July 7.|
Collaborative effort results in completion of new home for local resident
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. – The PGA of America and Kiawah Island Golf Resort, in partnership with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, celebrated the completion of a team effort to build a new home for a local resident on Sunday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony featured PGA of America President Allen Wronowski, and Roger Warren, PGA Past President and President of Kiawah Island (S.C.) Golf Resort.
The construction project precedes the 94th PGA Championship at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C., which will be held August 6-12.
The collaborative effort involved more than 240 volunteers working more than 325 shifts from June 23 to July 7, 2012. PGA Championship volunteers and staff, Kiawah Island Golf Resort employees, Kiawah Island homeowners, Sea Island Habitat for Humanity volunteers and staff, and many others in the community gave their time, talent and hard work to complete the construction of the new home. The PGA of America and Kiawah Island Golf Resort worked to solicit the 200-plus volunteers, provided PGA Championship Build tee shirts for all volunteers, and made a $50,000 financial contribution to help fund the build.
Each volunteer earned a complimentary ticket to the PGA Championship Practice Round on Tuesday, August 7, and an invitation to attend an Appreciation Breakfast in the PGA of America Chalet at The Ocean Course.
"I am proud that our major golf championship could act as a catalyst to bring people together and do good for the local community," said Wronowski. "Leaving a lasting legacy in areas where we conduct our events, is very important to The PGA and we will be forever grateful to the many individuals who gave their time and heart to complete this worthy project."
Warren, who also is General Chairman for the PGA Championship, praised the relationship that Kiawah Island Golf Resort has developed with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity through the years. "What I am most proud about is that this is a very tangible way that we were able to give back to the community as part of the PGA Championship," said Warren. "Something very special happened here when we all worked together."
Established in 1978, Sea Island Habitat for Humanity is closing in on the completion of their 300th home and has provided much-needed repair work to another 20, under their new Critical Repair Initiative.
"It was a true pleasure to partner with The PGA of America and Kiawah Island Golf Resort," said Greg Thomas, Executive Director of Sea Island Habitat for Humanity. "This project is a terrific example of how businesses can use their resources and power of persuasion to accomplish amazing things in a community."
Whirlpool, parent company of KitchenAid, the Official Home Appliance Brand of The PGA of America, donates a range and Energy Star-qualified refrigerator for every Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. Since 1999, Whirlpool has helped 71,000 families achieve their dream of home ownership.
About Sea Island Habitat for Humanity
About The PGA of America
About Kiawah Island Golf Resort