Meijer LPGA Classic 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s Returns for Ninth Event

Registration is now open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Meijer LPGA Classic 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® will return for the ninth time as part of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. Registration for the run and walk is now open online.

The race, powered by Gazelle Sports, will start at 8 a.m. June 17 at Rockford High School. Each participant will receive a branded T-shirt, a complimentary breakfast provided by Kellogg’s, and two daily tickets to the golf tournament, valid for any one day, Thursday through Sunday.

“The best thing about the Meijer LPGA Classic 5k Run & Walk is you don’t have to be an avid runner to participate,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “It’s just a nice way to get the whole family involved in the tournament while helping feed those in need.”

5k Run & Walk Course

The route for the run and walk is course certified, which allows runners to ensure the accuracy of their time and distance. 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.

Prize Structure

The top three runners in each age group will receive $500, $250, and $100 in Meijer gift cards, respectively. The age groups are broken up into nine-year increments, and are as follows: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. Winners will be announced and awarded during Kellogg’s breakfast.

The 2023 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best female 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 2022 tournament raised $1.25 million for local food pantries through Simply Give. In total, the eight tournaments combined have generated more than $8.65 million for the Meijer Simply Give hunger relief program. Additionally, in 2022, Meijer also donated $25,000 to a hunger relief organization of tournament Champion Jennifer Kupcho’s choice. She selected Grand Rapids-based Kids’ Food Basket as a thank you to her host family, who had ties to the organization.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to register for the Meijer LPGA Classic 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 500 supercenters, neighborhood markets, Meijer Grocery and Express locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. The retailer’s other primary pillars of giving include Diversity & Inclusion, local giving, sustainability, and health and wellness. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club: Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

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Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Keeps Focus on Family Fun: Discovery Land Additions, Most Affordable Concessions in Professional Sporting Events

Discovery Land and Family Care Areas returning to the course for maximum family fun

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – While focused on feeding families across the Midwest, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give was also created with families in mind, to ensure the event was a must-attend that families could enjoy and afford.

As a result, this year’s tournament will deliver more family fun by bringing back popular attractions, including Discovery Land and the Family Care Area. The Grand Taste Concessions will also return with the most affordable prices at any professional sporting event nationwide with menu items capped at $4 each. The award-winning tournament will return to Blythefield Country Club June 15-18. Tickets are available at meijerLPGAclassic.com.

“Meijer is a family company that’s committed to meeting the needs of families across the Midwest, and that commitment extends to the Meijer LPGA Classic,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We’re excited to bring back the family-focused elements of our event that children love and adults appreciate, as well as add a few new things to make this our most memorable tournament yet.”

Discovery Land at the Meijer LPGA Classic will return to its prime location off the 18th fairway, offering young golf fans and their families an especially engaging on-course experience. The open-air kids’ destination will feature character visits from Universal Studios guests and Wimee of Wimee’s Words, a Grand-Rapids-based TV show on PBS, and card making with American Greetings, a Grand Rapids Public Museum activity, and outdoor lawn games, including a Kraft Heinz mini golf course, cornhole and fowling. It will also have live tournament coverage on digital boards, and seating areas where spectators can view tee shots coming off the 18th tee, as well as players’ approaches onto the 18th green.

The Meijer LPGA Classic Family Care Areas will be expanded this year to two on-course locations for nursing mothers and parents. One air-conditioned tent will be located next to Discovery Land and will include two locking rooms with lactation and diaper changing stations, as well as an upgraded waiting area for kids and families. A second air-conditioned location, offering two additional lactation and changing stations, will be available at the 16th fairway.

The Grand Taste Concessions will offer high quality food for families with no item priced over $4. Menu highlights include a cheeseburger for $4 and a hotdog for $2. Meijer Purple Cow ice cream will be available for $1. There will be four concessions locations on course at the 10th tee, 16th fairway, 18th tee and 18th green.

As in previous years, children, ages 17 and under, will get in free with a ticketed adult.

The 2023 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best female 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 to help them fulfill their missions of feeding hungry families. The 2022 tournament raised $1.25 million for local food pantries through Simply Give. In total, the eight tournaments combined have generated more than $8.65 million for the Meijer Simply Give hunger relief program. Additionally, in 2022, Meijer also donated $25,000 to a hunger relief organization of tournament Champion Jennifer Kupcho’s choice. She selected Grand Rapids-based Kids’ Food Basket as a thank you to her host family, who had ties to the organization.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com. Follow the action and stay up-to-date on the latest tournament news by following #ForeHunger and #MeijerCommunity on social media.

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 501 supercenters, neighborhood markets, Meijer Grocery and Express locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. The retailer’s other primary pillars of giving include Diversity & Inclusion, local giving, sustainability, and health and wellness. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club: Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

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Tickets Available Now for the 2023 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

J. Brewer’s premium hospitality experience returns with expanded pavilion and menu

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will once again welcome families, foodies, and golf fans from across the Midwest to Grand Rapids, Mich. for an elevated tournament experience June 15-18 at Blythefield Country Club. In fact, tournament officials announced today plans to expand the notably food-focused event’s culinary offerings at this year’s event as it continues its mission of feeding families in need through the retailer’s Simply Give program.

Tickets can be purchased now at meijerLPGAclassic.com

“At Meijer, feeding people is at the heart of what we do, even on the golf course – whether through the Simply Give hunger relief program the tournament benefits or by providing a best-in-class culinary experience right off the fairway,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “Last year’s attendees loved the introduction of a premium culinary experience in J. Brewer’s, so we’re excited to announce that we’ve expanded that this year to include a new food experience called Frederik’s.”

J. Brewer’s is returning to the course offering a premium all-you-can-eat meal experience curated by Meijer chefs and local restaurants right off the 4th fairway. In addition to honoring the founder of Blythefield Country Club, J. Brewer, tournament officials will expand the pavilion this year to include a new “Frederik’s” food experience. Named for Frederik Meijer, Co-Founder of the retailer and creator of the first-ever “one-stop shop,” the new addition will offer guests additional menu and beverage options. The Frederik’s menu will change daily and feature products exclusive to the retailer’s premium Frederik’s product line, including seafood. The line draws inspiration from its namesake’s innovative spirit, combining the finest ingredients with authentic and appealing flavors.

J. Brewer’s Hospitality
Daily tickets for access to the J. Brewer’s pavilion cost $85 each. Those tickets are day specific and are available Friday through Sunday. Tickets for children, ages 5 and under, cost $10 each. Each child ticket must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

J. Brewer’s tickets will offer attendees access to:

  • New Frederik’s food experience
  • All-you-can-eat access to carefully crafted food and beverage items, featuring local restaurants and breweries
  • A terrace for live, front-row views of the on-course action
  • A vibrant, fun atmosphere with upscale seating areas and televisions playing live updates from the course

“The level of premium hospitality offered by J. Brewer’s is unlike anything else available to the public on the tour,” Cooper said. “It meant a lot to us to be able to introduce that experience to our West Michigan community last year, and it’s even more exciting to now elevate it further with the addition of Frederik’s.”

General Admission Tickets
General Admission tickets cost $10 each and are valid any one day, Thursday through Sunday, while weekly tickets cost $25 and are valid all week. Kids, ages 17 and under, will once again receive free admission with a ticketed adult.

General admission tickets include general grounds access to the tournament, public viewing bleacher seating and various concessions areas located throughout the course. Discovery Land will again return as a destination for kids and families and will be free and open to the public.

The 2023 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best female 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 2022 tournament raised $1.25 million for local food pantries through Simply Give. In total, the eight tournaments combined have generated more than $8.65 million for the Meijer Simply Give hunger relief program. Additionally, in 2022, Meijer also donated $25,000 to a hunger relief organization of tournament Champion Jennifer Kupcho’s choice. She selected Grand Rapids-based Kids’ Food Basket as a thank you to her host family, who had ties to the organization.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com. Follow the action and stay up-to-date on the latest tournament news by following #ForeHunger and #MeijerCommunity on social media.

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 501 supercenters, neighborhood markets, Meijer Grocery and Express locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. The retailer’s other primary pillars of giving include Diversity & Inclusion, local giving, sustainability, and health and wellness. For additional information on Meijer community engagement efforts, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club: Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

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Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Seeks 1,200 Volunteers for Full-Scale Family Event

Award-winning tournament that fights hunger is back for 9th year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is seeking 1,200 volunteers – its highest goal in 9 years – to support what is widely considered one of the best, full-scale events for families and foodies on the LPGA Tour.

Volunteer registration is now open for the 2023 tournament that will return June 15-18 at Blythefield Country Club to help feed hungry neighbors across the Midwest.

“Meijer started out as a grocer, so feeding people will always be at the core of what we do, and therefore, remains the heart of the Meijer LPGA Classic,” said Cathy Cooper, the tournament’s Executive Director. “We look forward to hosting another premier tournament while helping our communities reduce food insecurity, which we know is only possible thanks to the help of so many incredible volunteers.”

The Meijer LPGA Classic is seeking 1,200 volunteers to fill roles on 20 different committees, including Standard Bearers, Discovery Land, Transportation and full-scale Hospitality. The tournament will also include a “General Volunteer” position that gives volunteers the opportunity to experience different aspects of the event. To sign up for the General Volunteer position, the volunteer only needs to select a time slot and Volunteer Services will direct them to a location that needs assistance upon their arrival at the course. Volunteers are encouraged to register early since committees and shift times are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The fee to volunteer is $30, and includes two official tournament golf shirts, one official tournament hat or visor, four weekly grounds passes for friends or family, and meals and beverages during scheduled shifts. The volunteer badge also serves as a week-long grounds and parking pass.

“Having never volunteered at the tournament before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew I wanted to do it to support the cause of Simply Give,” said Brittany Huffman, a Meijer pharmacy team member, who served as a walking scorer at the 2022 event. “There were so many roles available and days and times to choose from so it was easy to find something that interested me.”

Huffman had actively volunteered for various causes and events in the past, but found that, with a family, it was getting more difficult to find the time. So, when her employer put out the call for volunteers, she jumped at the chance. Huffman, who is “not a golfer,” was initially nervous to play such a large role in the tournament, but she said the training process was simple and well organized. Plus, many of her fellow volunteers had been with the event since the beginning and were quick to show her the ropes.

The 2023 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best female 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 2022 tournament raised a record-setting $1.25 million for local food pantries through Simply Give. In total, the eight tournaments combined have generated more than $8.65 million for the Meijer Simply Give hunger relief program. Additionally, in 2022, Meijer also donated $25,000 to a hunger relief organization of tournament Champion Jennifer Kupcho’s choice. She selected Grand Rapids-based Kids’ Food Basket as a thank you to her host family, who had ties to the organization.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com. For a taste of what it’s like to volunteer at the event, please check out this video. Follow the action and stay up-to-date on the latest tournament news by following #ForeHunger and #MeijerCommunity on social media.

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 501 supercenters, neighborhood markets, Meijer Grocery and Express locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. The retailer’s other primary pillars of giving include Diversity & Inclusion, local giving, sustainability, and health and wellness. For additional information on Meijer community engagement efforts, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club: Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.