GREENVILLE, S.C., Oct. 4, 2017 — Michelin North America has raised approximately $823,000 in its 28th annual charity golf tournament, which was held this week on Oct. 1‒2 across six Greenville-area courses.
The tournament featured teams from 160 Michelin business partners and suppliers, or approximately 580 players in all. Michelin hosts the tournament each year for the benefit of local charities that support communities in which Michelin has plants or facilities.
“Each year, this tournament creates opportunities to do good for worthy causes in our communities while also strengthening business relationships,” said Steve Jahries, vice president of purchasing for Michelin North America. “On behalf of Michelin and the charities that benefit from the tournament proceeds, I’d like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for their support.”
“It’s a privilege to support the individual missions of these organizations,” said Leesa Owens, director of state, local government and community relations for Michelin North America. “Based on the generous giving from Michelin’s network of suppliers, we are eager to see the powerful impact these groups will have in their communities in the year ahead, and in the lives they touch for a long time to come.”
The tournament has generated nearly $6 million since its inception in 1989. This year’s tournament will award proceeds to 10 charitable organizations. Here is a brief summary of each:
Community Transportation Network, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., is an effective and dependable transportation alternative in Allen County, Ind. The organization’s goal is to provide full access to community resources through friendly transportation service for seniors, persons with disabilities, children, youth and the agencies that support them.
Developmental Center for Exceptional Children, based in Anderson, S.C., was established in 1974 and remains the only area preschool serving children with special needs and disabilities in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties in the Upstate region of South Carolina.
Dothan Education Foundation, based in Dothan, Ala., is a non-profit organization devoted to working with Dothan City Schools to strengthen student achievement and build community support.
Esther House of Stanly County, near Norwood, N.C., is a group of experienced professionals, survivors and volunteers that work together to provide victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking safe shelter along with the resources and support they need to begin their journey to take back their lives.
Homes of Hope, based in Greenville, S.C., rebuilds communities through developing energy-efficient, affordable housing and rebuilds the lives of men overcoming addictions through job training and mentoring.
Metropolitan Arts Council, based in Greenville, S.C., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and growing cultural arts, enabling a strong, well-supported community of artists and arts providers, encouraging arts advocacy, connecting the arts to people’s lives, and supporting regional tourism by enhancing Greenville as a cultural destination.
Military Child Education Coalition, based in Harker Heights, Texas, is a national organization focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, based in Washington, D.C. (with a local chapter in Greenville, S.C.), is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illnesses. Michelin’s grant will be shared between the national organization and its local chapter.
Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE), based in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is dedicated to providing proven and effective drug prevention education programs to parents and youth in Tuscaloosa.
YW8, based in Ardmore, Okla., serves the schools and communities of southern Oklahoma, near Michelin’s Ardmore facility, with the mission of empowering teens to plan for a healthy tomorrow by choosing healthy behaviors today. This mission is fulfilled by educating the youth in area schools on how to avoid high-risk behaviors, how to make healthy decisions, and how to set goals for a bright and productive future.