John Deere Classic

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Every year, dozens of companies invite clients and customers to socialize and schmooze during the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities. And the tournament works hard to provide a range of options for companies of all sizes.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Nonprofits and other agencies are busy asking people to learn one golf term, even if they're not fans. This morning at Deere & Co. World Headquarters, the John Deere Classic kicked off the 2015 Birdies for Charity program. Each year, people pledge to donate to nearly 500 charities in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa. Most base the amount they give on the number of birdies golfers score during the annual PGA tournament in Silvis.

WVIK Staff

Thanks to the skill of the professional golfers, and generosity of contributors, local charities will have a lot of new money to spend in the coming year.