The Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson was honored by the PGA Tour for “Best Charity Integration” during the 2018 tournament at The Country Club of Jackson.
The “Best Charity Integration” Award recognizes the tournament that incorporates the tournament’s charity and theme into all facets of the event. The Sanderson Farms Championship is united around its charitable impact to Friends of Children’s Hospital, a non-profit benefitting the only children’s hospital in Mississippi, Batson Children’s Hospital.
The Sanderson Farms Championship won the award for Best Charity Integration among all PGA Tour tournaments. The other finalists were the Honda Classic and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The award is given to the tournament that best incorporates their charitable goals into the tournament.
At the 2018 event, PGA TOUR players made time to visit and interact with sick children at the hospital while highlighting the tournament’s charitable endeavors. Keynote speakers Erin and Ben Napier from HGTV’s “Home Town” also presented awareness of the charitable initiative during Tuesday’s Women’s Day Luncheon, while members of the PGA TOUR Wives Association hosted a party for patients at The Country Club of Jackson.
In 2017, more than $300,000 was donated to local charities across the state, in addition to a record-breaking $1.2 million donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital. Tournament proceeds will fund construction of a seven-story, 340,000-square-foot pediatric tower that will be home to 88 private neonatal intensive care rooms, 10 additional operating rooms, more pediatric intensive care space, a pediatric imaging center, an outpatient clinic and a new lobby. Sanderson Farms Inc. CEO Joe Sanderson, and his wife Kathy, are chairs of the $100 million fundraising campaign and personally pledged $10 million over the next five years.
The award represents the third time the tournament has been recognized at the PGA Tour Tournament Meetings, but the first since 2010 when it received “Best Special Event.”
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