New England PGA Seeking Donations for “Birdies 2 Benefit” Fundraiser

The Third Annual "Birdies 2 Benefit" fundraiser, sponsored by the New England PGA, is scheduled August 14 at Andover Country Club with 33 participating pros hoping to raise over $200,000 based on donors pledging money for each birdie made to support Boston Children's Hospital and Massachusetts Special Olympics.

BOSTON, Mass – The New England PGA’s Third Annual “Birdies 2 Benefit” fundraiser is set to return on Monday, August 14 at Andover Country Club in Andover, Mass. Last year’s fundraising initiative from PGA REACH New England was an overwhelming success providing $100,000 to local charities including Boston Children’s Hospital and Special Olympics Massachusetts.

Thirty-three New England PGA professionals have committed to this year’s 54-hole event, looking to make as many birdies as they can!

Team New Seabury, consisting of Frank Leja (l) and head pro Jim Clay, return for the third annual “Birdies 2 Benefit” fundraiser after raising $20,556 from 69 donors while making 39 birdies in 2022.

The 33 New England PGA professionals will play 54 holes of golf in one day with the goal of making as many birdies as possible. Through each professional’s personal and professional network, donors make a financial pledge per birdie to “support their pro” and help raise funds to benefit three non-profit organizations.

Click here to make a pledge and support a pro!

PGA REACH New England is again partnering with the Boston Children’s Hospital and Special Olympics Massachusetts as the beneficiaries of the day’s fundraising efforts and welcomes the first supporting partner of the “Birdies 2 Benefit” initiative, UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group). UKG has made a two-year commitment to support the “Birdies 2 Benefit” cause as the Official Player’s Partner.

Team Holly Ridge, featuring pro Darren Faulk and owners Jen and Joe O’Connor, return for the third time after raising a whopping $22,957 from 143 donors while making 39 birdies last year.

UKG is proud to support the charitable charter of “Birdies 2 Benefit“, said Jody Piper, Manager of Field Marketing. “As strong believers in the power of culture and belonging as the secret to success, UKG champions great workplaces and builds lifelong partnerships. “Birdies 2 Benefit” is such a creative way for the New England golf community to raise awareness and funds for such worthy causes.”

This all-day event is intended to be a fun and laid-back experience for all participating New England PGA professionals, with the bonus of raising money for three local charities.

“The generosity of PGA REACH New England will directly help patients and families looking for lifesaving answers,” said Michael Bornhorst, Associate Vice President, Corporate Development, Leadership Giving & Special Events at Boston Children’s Hospital Trust. “So often, families come to Boston Children’s as the last hope to heal their child. This support will help ease parents’ burden, fuel research and cover services that insurance doesn’t pay for. We’re so grateful for organizations like PGA REACH New England and their professionals who provide crucial support.”

Andover Country Club, located in the Merrimack Valley 20 miles north of Boston, features classic private club amenities with historic New England charm and par 72 championship 18-hole golf course,

The New England PGA professionals who register to play will have access to a personalized and user-friendly website, courtesy of a New England PGA partner, Links Technology. Each professional will have the ability to customize their Donation Page and share the opportunity with family, friends, and colleagues to help support the charitable organizations with birdie-by-birdie pledges.

“Andover Country Club and the New England PGA will continue to have a long running partnership,” said Andover CC Head Professional CJ Talbert. “We’re truly honored to have “Birdies 2 Benefit” return this year and our membership now looks forward to this event, marking their calendars as a day that their club proudly gives back to the community.”

Last year’s fundraiser generated $194,902 from 508 birdies produced from 36 players. Team Vesper led by James Scales and Rich Berberian raised $24,025 while Team Holly Ridge raised $22,957 by Darren Faulk, Jennifer O’Connor and Joe O’Connor. Team New Seabury, led by head pro Jim Clay with Frank Leja, generated $20,556 from 69 donors.

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