PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) and its nearly 13,000 members nationwide raised approximately $170,000 for local youth golf initiatives in 2016. These charitable efforts include national partnerships with both LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and The First Tee.
In the past year, EWGA members donated $24,500 to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and $22,200 to The First Tee. Additionally, EWGA members raised another $123,200 within their communities for other charitable causes, including breast cancer research, women’s shelters, hurricane flood relief, college scholarships, school supplies and local food banks.
“The game of golf is well known for its charitable efforts by giving back to communities and EWGA members contribute to those efforts on an annual basis,” said Jane Geddes, newly appointed CEO of the EWGA. “Known for enriching the lives of women through the game of golf, EWGA members embrace the opportunity to get involved and mentor young golfers as well as provide financial support to important initiatives in their communities. Our members truly do make a difference in women’s and young girls’ lives.”
EWGA members are dedicated to growing women’s golf and help increase awareness of the game by serving as role models and mentors with their local youth golf organizations.
“Through our national partnership with EWGA, The First Tee chapters have experienced growth in the number of EWGA female role models making a positive difference in the lives of young female golfers,” said Jennifer Weiler, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for The First Tee. “We are very appreciative of EWGA members’ financial and volunteer support and look forward to engaging more EWGA members in mentoring opportunities at The First Tee chapters across the country.”
EWGA members have participated in traditional golf mentoring activities, including playing 9-holes with local participants, serving as walking scorers for tournaments and helping with rules sessions. Other activities have included donating golf equipment, golf fashion shows, luncheons and serving on their local golf association boards.
“We are proud to partner with the EWGA, an organization who has provided long-standing support to our mission of empowering young women through golf,” said Nancy Henderson, LPGA Foundation President. “The commitment and passion EWGA members display for the Girls Golf program has played an important role in helping us continue to grow, thrive and impact lives on both a local and national level.”