We’re proud to be associated with this passionate & growing community... Ryan Ogle - Championship Director 2016 Senior PGA Championship Presented by KitchenAid Dear Chamber Members, As the Championship Director for the 2016 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, I’d like to express my extreme gratitude on behalf of the PGA for your continuous and overwhelming support. Every year that the Championship is contested at Harbor Shores, we know that players and fans alike will be treated to a first-class experience and exceptional hospitality. Each year at Harbor Shores brings new and exciting memories for our team and for the community, and 2016 is shaping up to be another exemplary event. Connecting to the communities in which we operate our Championships is a core value of the PGA. We’re proud to be associated with this passionate and growing community, showcasing this beautiful area of Southwest Michigan. It is truly a humbling and wonderful experience. Since 2011, the PGA of America has donated nearly $500,000 to local youth organizations in Benton Harbor including The First Tee of Benton Harbor, The Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor and our current charitable beneficiary, Benton Harbor Promise. We’ve also brought on additional organizations this year by supporting Lake Michigan Catholic School, St. Joseph Public Schools, Lakeshore Public Schools, and Girls on the Run of Berrien Shoe Fund. Through television broadcasts of the Championship in 2012 and 2014, the community received more than $10 million dollars in television exposure. During Championship years, we have seen increased hotel revenue for the area. According to the Southwest Michigan Tourist Council, we saw a $1 million increase in 2012 and a $1.1 million increase in 2014 in hotel revenue. We look forward to continuing that growth this year and hopefully for years to come. Every other year, the Championship brings tens of thousands of volunteers, spectators and media to the community, supporting the local businesses in Southwest Michigan that make this community truly great. It is our goal to help invigorate the local economy and spread the word about the people and the community. This area has become our home and we’re excited to once again host the 2016 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, the most historic and prestigious senior Major, at Harbor Shores. Golf fans will have the chance to get up close to some of the legends of the game and players like 2014 and 2015 Champion Colin Montgomerie, John Daly, Fred Couples, Davis Love III and Vijay Singh. Because of your hospitality, the Championship is truly more than a golf tournament. We hope to see you and your families this Memorial Day weekend at Harbor Shores to share in this special occasion. To continue our commitment to a family-friend experience, juniors 17 and under will be admitted free with a ticketed parent and military personnel and their accompany spouses will also receive complimentary Daily Grounds tickets. So, once again, to the area that gives the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid an incredibly warm welcome, we thank you. With gratitude, Ryan Ogle
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