Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger Donates $350,000 to Charity

Paula CreamerThe Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger LPGA golf tournament distributed $350,000 to 15 Northwest Ohio children’s charities in December as a result of the 2008 tournament. Checks were presented to the charities during the tournament’s annual charity luncheon at Owens Corning’s World Headquarters.

“We are pleased that the 2008 tournament was so successful in raising money for worthy charities in Northwest Ohio,” said Mike Thaman, chairman and chief executive officer, Owens Corning. “Our partnership with the tournament and Jamie Farr gives Owens Corning a wonderful opportunity to participate in a showcase event and to give back to our community.” 

"The impact that the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic has on our area's non-profit organizations is truly astounding," said Steven L. Mickus, president and CEO, Mercy Health Partners. "Thanks to the generosity and support of our community, each year the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic helps children across our area through significant financial contributions. As the need in our area continues to grow, the support provided by organizations like the Jamie Farr is even more critical. And, as a mission-based organization committed to helping the underserved, Mercy Health Partners is honored to be a partner with the tournament in these efforts."
With this year’s contributions, the tournament has contributed more than $6 million to more than 120 Northwest Ohio children’s charities since its inception in 1984.

This year’s contributions were made to the following children’s charities:

- Ronald McDonald House of NW Ohio - $45,000
- Anne Grady - $25,000
- Assistance Dogs of America - $10,000
- Bittersweet Farms - $25,000
- East Toledo Family Center - $25,000
- Kids Unlimited - $25,000
- Kinship Navigator (Office on Aging) - $25,000
- Lourdes College - $25,000
- Miracle League of NW Ohio - $10,000
- Serenity Farms - $25,000
- Sophia Counseling Center - $25,000
- Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank - $25,000
- Toledo Seagate Food Bank - $25,000
- Wood County Gift Exchange - $10,000
- JFOCC Scholarship Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation - $25,000

The children’s charities were also announced for the 2009 tournament, they are:

- Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW Ohio
- Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
- Central City Ministry
- Easter Seals Northern Ohio
- Gabby’s Ladder
- Girl Scouts
- Hospice of Northwest Ohio
- Mobile Meals of Toledo
- Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation
- Rusty’s House
- YWCA of Greater Toledo
- JFOCC Scholarship Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation

Next year will be a special year for the tournament as it celebrates its “25th Anniversary” the week of June 29 thru July 5th at Highland Meadows Golf Club.  Paula Creamer will defend her title against 143 LPGA pros for a purse of $1.4 million.  The final three rounds of the tournament will once again be nationally televised by ESPN2. 


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