Greenville, S.C., Oct. 25, 2019 — Michelin North America has raised approximately $775,000 through its recent 30th annual Charity Golf Tournament, with proceeds supporting 10 local charities in communities where Michelin employees live and work.
“Michelin is grateful for the support and generosity of our network of suppliers, who embody our company’s purpose to provide a better way forward for our employees, customers and local communities,” said Mark Colby, purchasing manager for Michelin North America. “About 145 teams from Michelin business partners and suppliers represented approximately 584 players who competed on six Greenville-area golf courses.”
“The Michelin Charity Golf Tournament is an outstanding example of Michelin’s commitment to live in harmony with our communities,” said Will Whitley, director of state, local government and community relations for Michelin North America. “It is a privilege to support these 10 organizations, and we are eager to see their lasting impacts on the lives of many families they will touch.”
The tournament has generated more than $8 million since its inception in 1989. This year’s tournament will award proceeds to 10 charitable organizations. Here is a brief summary of each:
Ardmore Bridges Out of Poverty, based in Ardmore, Okla., strives to empower through education those individuals living in poverty or disabled by a poverty mindset. The organization’s goal is to eliminate poverty and create productive individuals in Ardmore, Carter County and throughout the United States.
Camperdown Academy, based in Greenville, S.C., provides excellence in the education of dyslexic children and has been serving students since 1986. Families approach Camperdown Academy after traditional classroom environments have proven unsuccessful.
Developmental Center for Exceptional Children, based in Anderson, S.C., was established in 1974 and remains the only area preschool serving children with special needs and disabilities in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties in the Upstate region of South Carolina.
Fisher House, based in Columbia, S.C., provides temporary accommodations to military families while veterans receive medical attention at the William Jennings Bryan VA Hospital. As a safe haven for loved ones of veterans, Fisher House is conveniently located on the campus of the VA Medical Center.
Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands serves girls in K-5 through12th grades across 22 counties in central and western South Carolina. As the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, Girl Scout chapters build courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, based in Washington, D.C. (with a local chapter in Greenville, S.C.), is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illnesses. Michelin’s grant will be shared between the national organization and its local chapter.
New Directions Housing Corporation, based in Jefferson County, Ky., supports neighborhoods, families and individuals in the Louisville area with housing development strategies. The Resident Services program provides more than 2,000 residents with affordable housing and the opportunity to work one-on-one with staff in education, financial empowerment, healthcare provision and sustainability.
Roper Mountain Science Center, based in Greenville, S.C., is a national leader in science education that provides public programs to foster innovative learning and community engagement. During the school year, up to 600 students visit Roper Mountain every day for high quality learning labs. Roper Mountain also offers summer programs throughout the week to ignite the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world.
The Nature Conservancy, based in Columbia, S.C., is the leading conservation organization working to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy has protected more than 40,000 acres in the Upstate, including a recent addition of 955 acres to Jones Gap State Park.
The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA), based in Dothan, Ala., inspires lifelong learning through the visual arts for communities in the Wiregrass region. WMA provides innovative educational programs that engage diverse audiences through the collection and exhibition of quality works.