The 2015 Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft Pairs Chef Mario Batali with Returning Culinary Expert Gail Simmons
Nationally-acclaimed celebrity chef Mario Batali and culinary expert Gail Simmons will participate in this year’s Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft.
The entertaining and interactive cooking event will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and will showcase their personal culinary creations with event proceeds benefiting the Meijer Simply Give program, which replenishes the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest.
Both Batali and Simmons will prepare an appetizer and main course while interacting with guests throughout the evening. The event will also feature local pastry fare that will be voted on by the guests.
A limited number of general public tickets are now on sale for $100 apiece. The ticket includes food, wine and a ticket to the golf tournament for the weekend.
“Grand Rapids is a city that is passionate about great food, which is why we think this specific event is such a highlight of tournament week,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “After the success of last year’s event, we are excited to open up more tickets to the general public while still maintaining the museum’s unique atmosphere.”
This year’s event will feature:
- Mario Batali: He counts 26 restaurants, 10 cookbooks, numerous television shows and two Eataly marketplaces (with a third opening soon) among his ever-expanding empire of deliciousness. Batali appears daily on ABC’s “The Chew,” a daytime talk show on ABC that celebrates and explores life through food.
- Gail Simmons: She is a trained culinary expert and judge on Bravo’s Emmy-winning series “Top Chef,” as well as head critic on “Top Chef Masters.” Since 2004, Simmons has been Special Projects Director at Food & Wine Magazine. She participated alongside Cat Cora and Carla Hall in last year’s Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be coming back to Grand Rapids,” Simmons said. “Last year, the community really embraced the inaugural event and its great cause. I’m so impressed and excited about what Meijer has done to raise awareness for their Simply Give program.”
Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® Brings the Community Together with Multiple Challenges
The Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® seeks to bring the community together by featuring multiple competitive challenges for corporations, schools, members of the media, families and individuals.
The race will once again be powered by Gazelle Sports, and will start at 8 a.m. July 25 at Rockford High School. It will include a complimentary breakfast provided by Kellogg’s®.
“The race is really another way to get the community involved with the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, and ultimately help increase awareness around hunger in the communities we serve,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “Tournament week will offer something for everyone, and this year we wanted to kick the race up a notch by incorporating fun, yet competitive challenges for the community.”
“The great thing about the Meijer LPGA 5k Run is you don’t have to be a professional athlete to take part. Anyone can run a 5k,” said Dathan Ritzenhein, a Rockford, Mich. native and professional long-distance runner who placed 7th in the 2015 Boston Marathon. “Building off the success of last year’s inaugural event, the 5k is a great way to get the whole family involved in a healthy lifestyle, receive free tickets to the tournament, and help feed those in need.”
Each participant will receive a Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® shirt, and two daily tickets to the golf tournament, valid for any one day Tuesday through Sunday.
Community 5k Run & Walk
The cost to participate is $15 per person, ages 17 and younger, and $25 per person, ages 18 and older. Strollers are welcome at the event.
The top three runners in each age group will receive $500, $250, and $100 in Meijer gift cards, respectively.
The cost to participate on a team is $150 per team. The top five finishers in each team will be scored.
- Corporate: Local corporations are encouraged to put together a team of five to 10 runners.
- School: Meijer will donate the entry fees for up to 10 teams of high school students. Each team must include five to 10 runners.
- Media: Meijer will donate the entry fees for up to five teams of members of the media. Each team must include five to 10 runners.
Winners of the community challenges will receive a $1,000 donation to the Meijer Simply Give program in their team’s name.
With Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer as the title sponsor, the driving mission of the tournament is focused on feeding the hungry and improving the quality of life within the region. The tournament will coincide with the retailer’s Simply Give program, which has raised nearly $14 million for food pantries across the Midwest since its inception in November 2008. Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament and each of the week’s festivities – including the 5k Run & Walk – will benefit the Simply Give program.
“As runners, we all understand the value of nutrition as it relates not only to our health, but our performance,” said Greg Meyer, a professional long-distance runner from Rockford, Mich. who won the Boston Marathon in 1983. “Helping to provide nutrition to families in need offers them a greater likelihood of being healthy and productive in the community. I hope all area runners and walkers will help support the Meijer Simply Give program by joining me and Dathan Ritzenhein in the Meijer LPGA 5k.”
The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft has partnered with General Mills to provide a community concert featuring OneRepublic on July 25 at Van Andel Arena®, tournament officials announced today.
Fans will recognize OneRepublic’s hit, “Counting Stars,” which is the title track on their most recent album Native. Other notable tracks from Native include “Love Runs Out,” “I Lived,” and “If I Lose Myself.”
“This year’s Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will once again bring top talent – on the stage and the golf course – to Grand Rapids,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “We are pleased to partner with General Mills once again this year, and believe the community will embrace the opportunity to hear the musical talents of OneRepublic.”
Concert tickets will go on sale in early May at meijerLPGAclassic.com and will start at $25 each. Applicable ticket fees will apply.
With Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer as the title sponsor, the driving mission of the tournament is focused on feeding the hungry and improving the quality of life within the region. The tournament will coincide with the retailer’s Simply Give program, which has raised nearly $14 million for food pantries across the Midwest since its inception in November 2008.
Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities including the community concert – will benefit the Simply Give program. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised $600,000 for the Simply Give program to feed those in need.
The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will host a full field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition July 21-26 at Blythefield Country Club.
For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft or to volunteer please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.
To view a video recapping the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-lpga-simply-give-video.
To view a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.
After a successful inaugural tournament that generated $600,000 for food pantries across the Midwest, the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Grand Rapids in 2015 for another week of community events and the best women golfers in the world.
The tournament will be held July 21-26, 2015 at Blythefield Country Club, and will once again benefit the retailer’s Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest.
During the inaugural tournament Aug. 7-10, the crowds exceeded expectations with more than 40,000 spectators coming out for the week. Rookie superstar Mirim Lee claimed her first LPGA Tour victory with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff against fellow South Korean Inbee Park.
“The success of the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft greatly exceeded our expectations, and afforded us an unmatched opportunity to raise awareness and funding for hunger relief in the Midwest,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “The community really embraced this tournament, and we look forward to bringing another exciting event to them next year.”
The praise for the inaugural event didn’t stop at the monetary impact on the hungry; it made a tremendous impact on the LPGA professionals during their week in Grand Rapids.
Runner-up Inbee Park noticed the crowds cheering her on throughout the week.
“I was really surprised how they love golf here in Michigan and how supportive they were," Park said. "I'm very thankful that they are supporting golf and women's golf."
Stacy Lewis saw the value in adding locations like Grand Rapids to the LPGA schedule.
"I think just by the fans and all the crowds we've had this week, it shows that we need to be here," said Lewis, the No. 1 ranked player in the world during the Meijer LPGA Classic. "We had a great first year."
Some even spoke on the excitement for years to come.
"This was a first-class event," Suzann Pettersen said. "The venue, great golf course. I'm happy to be back here next year."
We are so thankful for everyone's help in making the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft such a success! Tournament representatives released that $600,000 were donated to the Meijer Simply Give charity. We are already looking forward to next year! Please read the wrap up press release.
Mirim Lee, 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft Champion
|2014 Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft|
|Final Tournament Summary|
|Sunday, August 10, 2014|
|Blythefield Country Club|
|Par: 36 35 – 71 Yardage: 6414|
|POS||NAME||SCORES||TOTAL||TO PAR||OFFICIAL MONEY|
|T1||Mirim Lee (WNR)||70-64-67-69||270||-14||$225,000|
|T12||Katie M. Burnett||71-68-68-72||279||-5||$22,993|
|T18||Xi Yu Lin||71-70-71-68||280||-4||$17,561|
|T23||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||69-73-69-70||281||-3||$15,397|
|T29||Hee Young Park||70-71-70-72||283||-1||$10,048|
|T29||Dewi Claire Schreefel||71-72-68-72||283||-1||$10,048|
|T62||Paula A Hurtado||74-68-75-71||288||4||$3,506|
|T62||Jaye Marie Green||69-72-72-75||288||4||$3,506|
|Jee Young Lee||74-71||145||CUT|
|Ji Young Oh||72-73||145||CUT|
|Heather Bowie Young||72-74||146||CUT|
|Sarah Jane Smith||72-75||147||CUT|
|Mi Hyang Lee||74-75||149||CUT|
|Hannah Jun Medlock||76-74||150||CUT|
|Mi Jung Hur||75-77||152||CUT|
|Yueer Cindy Feng||78-76||154||CUT|
Meijer co-chairman Hank Meijer welcomed a group of 150 junior golfers to Boulder Creek Golf Club for the Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic presented by Johnson & Johnson. LPGA professional Kim Kaufman along with sponsor exemptions Grace Choi and Lindsey McPherson gave the kids some tips on improving their golf game. The children were able to get a hands on experience while visiting three stations to work on different golf techniques. To close out the afternoon, the junior golfers were shuttled to Blythefield Country Club to interact with players and watch them practice.
More than 120 women participated in the Meijer LPGA Ladies Day presented by P&G today at Blythefield Country Club. LPGA players Laura Diaz and Morgan Pressel joined in on a panel discussion regarding empowering women to start the morning.T he group also enjoyed a walking clinic with professionals Azahara Munoz and Brittany Lang who shared a few golf pointers and tips. Other Ladies Day activities included an argyle painting lesson, photo booth, cooking demonstration and a “fanicure” station for the ladies to receive festive argyle manicures in the spirit of the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft.
Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft Final Field Holds Nine of Top 10 Lady Professionals
Names feature World No. 1 Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, and Michelle Wie
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 31, 2014) – Blythefield Country Club will host the biggest names in female golf as the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft kicks off next week.
The list of impressive professionals is highlighted with commitments from the No. 1 female golfer in the world, Stacy Lewis, the rookie superstar, Lydia Ko, recent U.S. Women’s Open Champion Michelle Wie, and renowned players such as Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson.
The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will set the bar high in its first year with nine out of the Top 10 LPGA professionals confirmed. For many of the women, this will be their first LPGA tournament in Michigan since the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing.
“The field has shaped up nicely and we are excited to showcase Blythefield Country Club and all the Grand Rapids area has to offer,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “This community has been incredibly supportive from the start and we know the players will feel the same hospitality.”
With a talent-packed field, and special events throughout the week, the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft has something for the entire family. General parking will be at Fifth Third Ballpark, with complimentary shuttles running throughout the day. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) parking will be at Rockford High School, with complimentary shuttles taking attendees to the course.
For a full schedule, tickets, or more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft please visit www.meijerlpgaclassic.com or call 616-426-6220.
FINAL FIELD 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft
Heather Bowie Young
Grace Choi (a) *
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
Yueer Cindy Feng
Jaye Marie Green
Mi Jung Hur
Hannah Jun Medlock
Jee Young Lee
Mi Hyang Lee
Xi Yu Lin
Lindsey McPherson (a) *
Ji Young Oh
Hee Young Park
Dewi Claire Schreefel
Sarah Jane Smith
Sun Young Yoo
* Sponsor invite
1. Dottie Ardina
2. Natalie Sheary
3. Wendy Ward
4. Kim Williams
5. Jean Bartholomew
6. Jamie Hullett
7. Ashli Bunch