EAST LANSING – Golf4Midland is the Michigan golf industry’s way of giving back to help fellow Michiganders after the devastating flood that happened in Midland on May 20, and the state’s leading golf industry associations are asking their golf members and partners to consider helping, too.
Golf is a key driver of charitable giving in the U.S. – estimated at $3.9 billion a year. Philanthropic contributions, including those from professional tournaments, are a significant part of the golf industry with the majority of funds going to causes outside the sport.
Michigan golf course owners, operators, and golfers are continually giving back to the communities they serve so stepping up to help those in need in Midland is natural, the Michigan Golf Course Association said in announcing this initiative.
“I can’t imagine how our neighbors in this area are dealing with this clean-up in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Michigan Golf Course Association (MGCA) President Gilda Johnson of Lake Forest Golf Club in Ann Arbor.
“Our Michigan golf industry wants to help. Golf always gives back to the communities we serve. Giving back to our friends and neighbors in Midland during this time is the right thing to do.”
The Golf4Midland fundraiser will provide relief throughout Midland County. Golf4Midland will partner with the Midland Area Community Foundation to bring help to the residents in these areas.
To kick-start the fundraising, four of Michigan’s leading golf industry associations have pledged a total of $2000. The Golf Association of Michigan, the Greater Michigan Club Management Association, the Michigan Golf Course Association, and the Michigan Section PGA are also urging their members and their industry partners to pledge as well.
“Just think of the ripple effect if every golfer donated $10,” said Jada Paisley, executive director of the MGCA.
Donate at www.michigangca.org or call 800-860-8575.