Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Sets $1 Million Donation Goal for Year Five

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Sets $1 Million Donation Goal for Year Five

Previous four tournaments generated more than $3.1 million for retailer’s Simply Give program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Representatives with the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give have set a $1 million goal for the fifth annual tournament to donate to the Meijer Simply Give program.

To date, the previous four tournaments have generated more than $3.1 million for Simply Give, which stocks the shelves of the retailer’s food pantry partners across the Midwest.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic has made an incredible impact on our hungry neighbors these past few years, and we know we can continue that momentum next month with the community’s help,” Meijer LPGA Classic Executive Director Cathy Cooper said. “The community has been such a strong supporter of our tournament, and its focus on feeding the hungry, that we are confident we will reach our $1 million goal.” 

Meijer started its Simply Give program in November 2008, and has since generated more than $37 million for its food pantry partners. The contributions donated as a result of the Meijer LPGA Classic are due, in large part, to the generous Meijer customers who attended the tournament week events, and the sponsors who helped make the event a success.

Proceeds from the 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will be split among the retailer’s more than 235 food pantry partners participating in the spring Simply Give campaign. The spring campaign kicked off May 13, and will end June 17.

Discovery Land Added to Enhance Meijer LPGA Classic Experience for Kids

Discovery Land Added to Enhance Meijer LPGA Classic Experience for Kids

Kids area to feature Nickelodeon, Hasbro, Universal Studios & STEM activities

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will once again engage young golf fans at Blythefield Country Club with an enhanced Kid’s Center – The Discovery Land – that will feature Nickelodeon, Hasbro, Universal Studios and STEM-related activities and characters.

Discovery Land is free to anyone with a ticket to the Meijer LPGA Classic. Children, 17 and under, get into the tournament free with a ticketed adult.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic will truly be a destination for kids and families with the addition of Discovery Land this year,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We will have so many fun activities, as well as character appearances from Paw Patrol and SpongeBob.”

Discovery Land will be located between 11 Tee and 16 Fairway, near the Grand Taste and Grand Taste Garden, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 13-17. It will give young fans the opportunity to participate in many hands-on experiences and activities throughout the week, including:

  • STEM Programming run by the STEM Squad at Camp Blodgett on June 14
  • Nerf, Jenga Pass, PlayDoh, Pie Face and more games provided by Hasbro
  • Photo opportunities with Paw Patrol and SpongeBob characters
  • Universal Studios
  • Nickelodeon 
  • A 40-foot long putting experience
  • LPGA player autograph sessions
  • A Father’s Day card-making station

Additionally, children 17 years and under, are invited to participate in the free, two-hour junior clinic that will feature fun activities, games and group instruction by LPGA professionals and local golf pros. The Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic will be held at noon June 12 at Egypt Valley Country Club. To register for the Junior Clinic, visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

“Our partners for the Meijer LPGA Classic’s new Discovery Land are a great addition to this year’s event,” Cooper said. “We are excited to work alongside so many great organizations as we focus on providing meaningful experiences, and hopefully inspire some future golfers.”

Expansion: The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic

Expansion: The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic

The Grand Taste Garden adds 5,000 square feet of food, music and family fun                          

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic – the best food experience on any tour – is back and expanding to two locations for its third year at Blythefield Country Club June 15-17.

The Grand Taste Garden will make its debut this year across the fairway from the Grand Taste tent. It will feature food, outdoor games, chef demonstrations throughout the weekend and barbeque and live music from local bands Great Scott! and Blue Water Kings Band, following play on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The 5,000-square-foot addition will accompany the Grand Taste tent, a 20,000-square-foot air-conditioned tent that overlooks the fairway and features food from dozens of local restaurants, breweries, Meijer vendors and Meijer products and food trends.

“The Grand Taste has become a cannot miss event at the Meijer LPGA Classic because of the food, the atmosphere and close proximity to the best golf in the world,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “But every year, we look for ways heighten the tournament experience for the community. And, this year, we think they’re really going to enjoy The Grand Taste Garden.”

The Grand Taste ticket will include food and beverage samples from participating local restaurants, breweries, and Meijer vendors.

  • Single Day adult tickets cost $35 per ticket and are valid any one day, Friday through Sunday.
  • A Weekend Pass costs $70 per ticket and are valid Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Tickets for children, ages 17 and under with a ticketed adult, cost $10 for a single day and $20 for the weekend.

These tickets will grant access to both Grand Taste locations and includes general admission access to the golf tournament.

“We really try to make every experience at the Meijer LGPA Classic fun for the whole family,” Cooper said. “We believe the value of everything included in the Grand Taste ticket is truly unbeatable and we have something for everyone to enjoy.”

Run #Forehunger at Meijer LPGA Classic 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s

Run #Forehunger at Meijer LPGA Classic 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s                            

One mile fun run for kids added to race day               

             

Registration for the 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® is now open online.

The race will be powered by Gazelle Sports, and will start at 8 a.m. June 16 at Rockford High School. Each participant will receive a branded T-shirt, two daily tickets to the golf tournament, valid any one day Tuesday through Sunday, and a complimentary breakfast provided by Kellogg’s after the race.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give offers something for everyone, and we are thrilled to have the continued support of Kellogg’s and Gazelle Sports to make this run such a success,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “This is a great way to engage the community while increasing awareness around hunger in our neighborhoods.”

The cost to participate in the run is $25 per person, ages 18 and older, and $15 per person, ages 17 and under. During the event, strollers are welcome and encouraged.

A one mile kid’s fun run will also be added to festivities this year for children, ages 10 and under. The cost is $10 per child.

The top three runners in each age group will receive $500, $250, and $100 in Meijer gift cards, respectively. Local companies, community organizations, families and schools throughout West Michigan are encouraged to put together a team of five to 10 runners to participate in the Team Challenge; the cost to participate is $150 per team.

The 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. The 2017 tournament raised $1 million for local food pantries through Simply Give. In total, the four tournaments have generated more than $3.1 million for the Meijer Simply Give program.

To follow the Meijer LPGA Classic before, during and after tournament week, please post about your experience and share your pictures on social media using the hashtags #forehunger, #SimplyGive and #MeijerGives.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to register for the 5k, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

To view a video featuring the 2017 Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk, please visit https://youtu.be/Ji1zsJVCaJ0.

​Tickets to Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Now Available Online

Tickets to Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Now Available Online

Tickets to the tournament’s expanded Grand Taste food event also available                      

Tickets to the 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, held June 12-17, at Blythefield Country Club are now available online.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic has something for everyone in the community to enjoy,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. “Every year, we strive to make this an event for families – not just golf fans – and our fifth year will be no different. We are officially inviting all families to come out and enjoy all that the tournament has to offer.”

General Admission Tickets      

General Admission Tickets include general grounds access to the Meijer LPGA Classic. Public viewing bleacher seating and various concession areas are located throughout the course for spectators. Kids, ages 17 and under, will receive free admission with a ticketed adult.

  • Daily tickets cost $10, and are valid any one day, Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Weekly tickets cost $25, and are valid all week, Tuesday through Sunday.

 

Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic

The Grand Taste – known as the best food experience on any tour – will return to this year’s tournament week lineup at Blythefield Country Club from June 15-17. The upgraded ticket will include food and beverage samples from participating local restaurants, breweries and Meijer vendors.

New this year, organizers expanded the Grand Taste to include the addition of The Grand Taste Garden as a second venue. It will feature food, games and chef demonstrations, along with live music into the evening, following play on June 16 and June 17. This ticket will grant access to both Grand Taste locations and includes general admission access to the golf tournament.

  • Single Day adult tickets cost $35 apiece, and are valid any one day, Friday through Sunday.
  • Weekend passes cost $70 apiece, and are valid Friday through Sunday.
  • Tickets for kids, ages 17 and under with a ticketed adult, cost $10 for a single day and $20 for the weekend.

 

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Opens Volunteer Registration

Back for its fifth year, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give remains one of the premier events on the Tour, and tournament officials say the success is attributed to the continued commitment from its volunteers. 

Volunteer registration is now open to support the 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, which will be held June 12-17, at Blythefield Country Club. 

“The Meijer LGPA Classic is for the community. We’re thankful it’s a tournament the community has embraced over the past four years as attendees, as community partners, as volunteers,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We look forward to this year’s event, which we certainly couldn’t do without a strong team of volunteers and staff.”

The Meijer LPGA Classic is seeking more than 700 volunteers to fill roles on 22 different committees, ranging from marshals and standard bearers to transportation and assisting inside the media center. New this year, during registration, volunteers can select their preferred committee, as well as the shifts they would like to work. Volunteers are encouraged to register early since committees and shift times are filled on a first come, first served basis. 

“The Meijer LPGA Classic offers something for everyone not only as an attendee, but also for volunteers. And, what’s even better is you don’t need to be an expert on golf,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “The volunteers really seem to form a bond because we often see familiar faces coming back year after year.”

The volunteer fee is $55, and includes two official tournament golf shirts, one official tournament hat or visor, four weekly grounds passes for friends or family, one volunteer appreciation party invitation, and meals and beverages during scheduled shifts. The volunteer badge is valid as a grounds pass, as well as provides access to the Grand Taste and parking for tournament week.

The 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. The 2017 tournament alone raised $1 million for local food pantries through Simply Give. In total, the four tournaments have generated more than $3.1 million for the Meijer Simply Give program.

To view a video featuring volunteers with the Meijer LPGA Classic, please visit https://youtu.be/EIQhTdBbGks.

Brooke M. Henderson Wins 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

The fourth annual Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give concluded today with a win by Canadian LPGA Professional Brooke M. Henderson and a record donation of more than $1 million to the retailer’s Simply Give program that stocks the shelves of its food pantry partners across the Midwest.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic has an incredible impact on our hungry neighbors, and it’s thanks to the ongoing community support that we met our goal of raising at least $1 million during this year’s tournament,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We look forward to continuing this tradition again next year.”

The 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic will be held June 11-17 at Blythefield Country Club.

“On behalf of everyone at Meijer, we congratulate Brooke Henderson on a great win at the Meijer LPGA Classic,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “Despite a few weather delays, it was a fantastic end to a wonderful week. This year’s tournament was once again fully embraced by the community.”

While final attendance figures are not yet available, representatives said the tournament continued to exceed expectations and will definitely meet the goal of raising at least $1 million for Simply Give.

In total, the four tournaments have generated more than $3.1 million – or 34.1 million meals – for the Meijer Simply Give program.

Meijer started Simply Give in November 2008 and has since generated more than $29 million for its food pantry partners. The contributions donated as a result of the Meijer LPGA Classic are due, in large part, to the generous Meijer customers who attended the tournament week events, and the sponsors who helped make the event a success.

The $1 million donation will be divided among the retailer’s 237 food pantry partners participating in the spring Simply Give campaign, which ended today.

“The Meijer Simply Give program is extremely important to our food pantry because it helps us to provide healthy and nutritious food to our neighbors,” said Waverly Knight, a director of the Northwest Food Pantry. “Without the program, our food pantry shelves would be empty. We thank Meijer for their willingness to have the Simply Give program and the community for their support in helping feed those in need.”

A crowd of enthusiastic fans braved the weather and lined the ropes at Blythefield Country Club June 13-18 to watch a competitive field of 144 world-class golfers play 72 holes of stroke play. Ultimately, Henderson shot 3-under par in the final round to claim the title as Meijer LPGA Classic champion. She won the tournament by two strokes – over Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie – with a four-round 17-under par total.

Henderson dedicated this tournament to her father, who also happens to be her coach.

“I’ve said this win is for him, but it really is for him because I really wouldn’t have done it without him,” she said. “To have my fourth win is just super exciting, and I’m excited for the summer now. Thank you to Meijer for putting on such a great event, and I’m excited to come back next year to defend my title.”

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Saturday Delay and Concert

Due to course conditions, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give and the LPGA Tour have adjusted tee times to avoid any delays in tournament play.

Tee times begin at 12:14 p.m. and tournament play will end at approximately 7 p.m.

LIVE at the Grand Taste, an outdoor concert featuring 3 Doors Down, will start shortly after play at Blythefield Country Club.

Estimated start time for LIVE at the Grand Taste is 7:30 p.m.

Any Meijer LPGA Classic ticket or credential that is valid for Saturday, June 17 will allow access to LIVE at the Grand Taste – the 3 Doors Down concert at Blythefield Country Club. For a complete list of valid credentials, visit meijerLPGAclassic.com. The concert is free for all Saturday ticket holders or $10 at the gate. Tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first served basis while quantities last.

3 Doors Down to Perform LIVE at the Grand Taste as Part of Fun-Filled Tournament Week Schedule

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is partnering with General Mills to add live music to its robust tournament schedule. A concert, featuring 3 Doors Down, will be held June 17, following tournament play, during LIVE at the Grand Taste at Blythefield Country Club.


Formed in 1995, Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. Known for their mega-hits, ‘Kryptonite,’ ‘Here Without You,’ ‘When I’m Gone,’ and ‘It’s Not My Time,’ the 5-piece rock band has sold more than 18 million albums worldwide.


Any Meijer LPGA Classic ticket or credential that is valid for Saturday, June 17 will allow access to LIVE at the Grand Taste – the 3 Doors Down concert at Blythefield Country Club. For a complete list of valid credentials, visit meijerLPGAclassic.com. The concert is free for all Saturday ticket holders or $10 at the gate. Tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first serve basis while quantities last.


“This year’s tournament will, once again, attract top talent on the golf course and now on stage,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We try very hard to make this an event for the entire family. We believe adding this concert into an already fun week of activities will engage even more people in the community – to support feeding the hungry through Simply Give.”