Annual tournament has raised over $770,000 in five years
RICHMOND, Va. (April 21, 2023) – The fifth annual Dominion Energy Charity Classic – Community Invitational raised over $156,000 on Monday, April 17, as community and corporate partners came together at The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course for a charity scramble.
Twenty-nine foursomes took part in the captain’s choice scramble, which saw a team with First Tee – Greater Richmond participants tie for medalist honors. Foursomes also connected with First Tee – Greater Richmond participants on the 13th hole, where they played through the hole using the same games and lessons as participants utilize and teach.
“We are incredibly grateful to our partners at the PGA TOUR, The Country Club of Virginia, and within the community for their support of our organization,” First Tee – Greater Richmond CEO Brent Schneider said. “Their support allows us to meet our vision of strengthening the character of community.”
Run in partnership with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, the invitational offers corporate and community partners the opportunity to play on the same course as October’s PGA TOUR Champions event. Funds raised go directly towards helping First Tee – Greater Richmond impact the lives of area youth via First Tee Programs, School Programs, and Community Partnerships.
“It is a natural extension of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic to partner with First Tee – Greater Richmond on the Community Invitational,” said Steve Schoenfeld, Executive Director of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. “With the ultimate goal being to leave a charitable footprint in the local community, what better way to help accomplish this goal, while also enabling First Tee – Greater Richmond to generate funds that help make the game of golf more accessible to area youth.”
Over $770,000 has been raised through the DECC-CI since the introduction of the tournament in 2019. The tournament serves as First Tee – Greater Richmond’s largest single-day fundraiser of the year.
First Tee – Greater Richmond is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2023, and since incorporating in 1998 as one of First Tee’s first chapters, First Tee – Greater Richmond has steadily grown across the community, impacting nearly 75,000 youth in 2022. The organization also operates three public golf facilities in the Richmond area – Belmont, the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range, and The Tattersall Youth Development Center – offering affordable, accessible golf to the entire community.
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About First Tee – Greater Richmond
First Tee – Greater Richmond is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Through three major programming areas, First Tee Programs, School Program and Community Partnerships, First Tee – Greater Richmond reached more than 75,000 youth in 2022.