Birdies for Charity sets a new record
This morning at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, local nonprofits picked up their checks from the fundraising arm of the John Deere Classic golf tournament.
Sue Rector, tournament chair, says the $14.1 million raised through Birdies in 2023 is "the biggest metric of impact on our community."
This year's 7.5% match from the bonus fund totals more than $1 million. The money comes from tournament revenue, direct donations, and a John Deere matching grant. Deere and Company also pays the administrative cost of the Birdies program, so 100% of all donations goes directly to the 478 participating charities.
Andrew Lehman, tournament director, says title sponsor, John Deere, has also committed to holding "Concerts on Course" for three more years.
Since 1971, Birdies for Charity has raised over $173 million. This year's $14.1 million raised again makes the John Deere Classic No. 1 in per capita contributions on the PGA Tour.
Also today, Diane Moore of Moline won a two-year lease on a new car from Smart Lexus of the Quad Cities for correctly guessing the number of birdies scored during the 2023 John Deere Classic tournament and Wednesday's ProAm (1,929).
WVIK participates in Birdies for Charity and received a check for more than $23,000 plus a bonus fund check.