Golf News for Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | Charity

Environmental Institute for Golf receives GCSAA chapter donations

Eight affiliated chapters of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) have recently made donations to GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), in support of its research-based activities.

The contributing chapters include: Alabama GCSA, Everglades GCSA, Florida GCSA, Heart of America GCSA, GCSA of New Jersey, Midwest Association of GCS, Palm Beach GCSA, and Wisconsin GCSA.

"The generosity of these chapters is much appreciated," said GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "Their support is vital as we engage in creating programs and services that not only enhance golf course management, but the game of golf as well. I commend them for supporting our mission."

The Everglades GCSA, covering the Naples, Fla., area, contributed $5,000 and attained Platinum Tee Club status for the 14th consecutive year. The Platinum Tee Club is the giving club for organizations that contribute a minimum of $5,000 annually. The Everglades GCSA is also recognized at the Governor's Club level in the cumulative giving program, which recognizes organizations that have contributed between $50,000 and $99,999 to the EIFG since 1987.

The Florida GCSA also donated $5,000 to the EIFG. It becomes a Platinum Tee Club member and is recognized at the President's Club level in the cumulative giving program, which recognizes organizations that have contributed between $100,000 and $249,999 to the EIFG since 1987.

With another $5,000 gift to the EIFG, the Heart of America GCSA joins the Platinum Tee Club for the 18th consecutive year. The Heart of America GCSA, which is composed of members from the metropolitan Kansas City region, is recognized at the President's Club level in the EIFG's cumulative giving program.

The GCSA of New Jersey held its annual Robert Trent Jones Invitational fundraiser at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J., last fall, to raise funds for scholarships, turf research programs and education initiatives. The event brings together superintendents and representatives from golf courses along the East Coast. It also serves to recognize the critical role played by superintendents in developing the vision of the golf course architect and ensuring the integrity of that vision, as famed architect Robert Trent Jones worked with EIFG leaders to establish the fund in 1987. Metedeconk National is recognized at the Star Club level by the EIFG for donors who have contributed $500,000-$999,999 to the EIFG since 1987.

With the GCSA of New Jersey's $3,500 donation to the EIFG, the chapter attains Golden Tee Club status, the annual giving club level for donors who contribute between $1,000 and $4,999 annually to the EIFG. The GCSA of New Jersey is also recognized at the Executive Club level in the EIFG cumulative giving club for donors who have contributed $25,000-$49,999 since 1987.

With a $1,000 contribution, the Alabama GCSA retains it status in the Golden Tee Club. The Alabama GCSA is also recognized at the Executive Club level in the EIFG's cumulative giving club.

The Midwest Association of GCS, covering the greater Chicago-metro region, donated $1,000 to the EIFG. The Midwest Association of GCS is recognized in the Golden Tee Club for annual giving to the EIFG, and the Governor's Club for cumulative giving.

The Palm Beach GCSA donated $10,000 to the EIFG in its first-ever donation to the organization. This places the chapter as a new member of the Statesman's Club for organizations contributing between $10,000-$24,999 to the EIFG since 1987.

The Wisconsin GCSA gave the EIFG $500 and is recognized at the Executive Club level in the EIFG cumulative giving program.

About EIFG
The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come into contact with the game of golf. Visit the EIFG at www.eifg.org.

About GCSAA
GCSAA is a leading golf organization golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to 19,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf.

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