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PGA TOUR Wives Association (PTWA) gives back

PGA TOUR Wives Association (PTWA) gives back

PGA TOUR Wives Association (PTWA) gives back

Current PGA TOUR Wives members continue its legacy of giving back.

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PGA TOUR Wives Association member Stacy Hoffman, who’s married to player Charley Hoffman, helps a young man find the right shoes at a Goodie Two Shoes event where children are outfitted with brand new shoes.

Earlier this year, the PGA Tour announced that it had surpassed the $2 billion mark in all-time charitable giving, including more than $133 million in 2013 alone. As a golf fan, while you are most likely pretty tuned in to the incredible job the PGA Tour does at supporting various causes and charities each year, perhaps you aren’t quite as familiar with another dynamic group that has been supporting children and their families through community charities and organizations since 1988.

Well, you should be.

The PGA TOUR Wives Association (PTWA), a non-profit organization based at PGA Tour national headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., has given time and money (more than $5 million) to hundreds of charities over the past 26 years, including Blessings in a Backpack, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Goodie Two Shoes, Greater Boston Food Bank, Convoy of Hope, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Comprised of the wives and significant others of players on the PGA and Web.com tours, the association also welcomes associate members, who can include family members of current members, corporate supporters and tournament directors. The PTWA — with the motto Giving Time to Others… Giving Back to Communities… Giving Through Golf – supports various charities each year from community to community with a mission to support children and their families not only in the form of monetary donations but also through countless volunteer hours. The group works hand-in-hand with its tournament partners to support the local community efforts of the tournaments and their volunteers.

“Unfortunately, there is a much greater ‘need’ in the world for charitable organizations than we will ever be able to fill,” said DeAnna Pettersson, PTWA’s vice president of membership and wife of five-time PGA Tour winner Carl Pettersson. “However, even a small contribution to that ‘need’ can make a huge difference in the life of an individual.”

Other current members of PTWA’s member-elected board include President Amy Wilson, wife of Mark Wilson,Vice President of Fundraising Kelly Bettencourt, wife of Matt Bettencourt,Vice President of Communications/Media Stacy Hoffman, wife of Charley Hoffman, and  Vice President of Community Outreach Meagan Laird, wife of Martin Laird.

Last year, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, PTWA published Beyond the Fairways and Greens: A Look Inside the Lives of PGA TOUR Families, a coffee-table book that gives fans a closer look at the private lives of PGA Tour families. All net proceeds from the book support PTWA-designated charities.

Pettersson, who first became involved about five years ago during the planning stages of the anniversary book, said seeing the tangible difference that the association makes in the lives of so many children and families across the country is a humbling experience. It’s that knowledge that allows everyone who gives to the group to easily see the tremendous value in what they do, she said.

As you might expect, the process of being involved in an outreach or fundraising event often starts as much as a year in advance, members said.

“We work together coordinating the ins and outs of the events with the tournament staff, PGA TOUR staff, PTWA staff and board members and the charitable organization we are collaborating with to make sure that the event fits well for everyone,” Pettersson said. “We do all types of events from outreach; that most often includes a ‘hands on’ approach to fundraising events that create a fun and creative way to increase awareness and funds for a charitable group.”

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PGA TOUR Wives Association member DeAnna Pettersson, who’s married to player Carl Pettersson, rocks the circular saw cutting siding at last year’s Habitat Build with the PGA Championship.

 

For the past five years, PTWA has supported Blessings in a Backpack in several tournament communities, a charity that provides weekend nutrition to children who are on the free and reduced meal plans in school. It is a cause Pettersson said the group is extremely passionate about.

“Through Blessings, we are able to provide food to children who may otherwise go hungry,” she said. “Several of our members have adopted schools in their hometowns and are also supporting this program individually.”

In addition, PTWA has done several Ronald McDonald House visits around the country, Habitat for Humanity builds in tournament communities and the group puts on Wiffle ball fundraising tournaments and its own TOUR Wives Golf Classic — where the wives play golf while the husbands play caddy.

During next month’s Travelers Championship in Connecticut, the association is partnering with the tournament and GreatBlue to host children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a nine-hole mini-golf tournament on a Wednesday.

“Our hope is to continue to support and help children in need,” Pettersson said. “We have been given a very powerful platform through the PGA TOUR and golf to lift up the needs of children and their messages of hope and we use that when we can to help highlight those charities that provide much needed services to them.”

 


 


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