Rocket Mortgage Classic Birdies For Charity Program Registration Open
Every PGA Tour event operates for the benefit of one or more charitable organizations. After expenses, the remainder goes to the designated causes. In its inaugural year, the Rocket Mortgage Classic’s was able to distribute $1.2 million through its Rocket Giving Fund charitable arm.
While the charitable contributions went primarily to seven Detroit area organizations, more than 170 local charities were able to raise funds through the tournament’s “Birdies For Charity Program.”
Registration for the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic Birdies For Charity Program now is open.
Here’s how it works: non-profits sign up for the program and then promote their participation. Donors can then visit the Rocket Mortgage Classic’s Birdies For Charity page, select the organization of their choice and pledge either a flat rate or an amount based on the number of birdies scored during the tournament’s end. At the end of the event , the charities receive 100 percent of the designated proceeds.
Birdies for Charity is a nice way for local nonprofits to leverage the publicity surrounding the tournament.
The complete press release follows:
Registration for 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic Birdies for Charity Program Now Open
- Birdies for Charity directs 100 percent of proceeds to participating organizations, and all nonprofits are eligible to participate in the turnkey program
- Organizations can register to participate in Birdies for Charity for the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic at www.RocketMortgageClassic.com
DETROIT (February 6, 2020) – The Rocket Mortgage Classic today announced that registration for its Birdies for Charity program is now open for the 2020 tournament, scheduled for May 25-31 at Detroit Golf Club. All registered 501(c)(3) organizations can register by visiting RocketMortgageClassic.com, selecting “Charity” and then clicking on “Birdies for Charity.” The turnkey program is completely free for participating organizations, with 100 percent of the proceeds directed to the nonprofits.
Through the program, all registered nonprofit organizations who apply can collect two types of contributions – a flat dollar amount or a donation based on the total number of birdies (strokes below par on a hole) made by PGA TOUR pros during the four rounds of tournament play. The lower the golf scores, the greater the impact for local nonprofits. With no administrative fees or heavy lifting, this turnkey program is a unique and proven way to raise significant funding for nonprofits.
Serving as a launchpad for long-term positive impact, the Rocket Mortgage Classic’s Birdies for Charity program is designed to help increase the amount of positive change generated by the PGA TOUR’s first event ever held within the city of Detroit. The inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic raised well over $100,000 through its Birdies for Charity program, nearly all of which benefited local Detroit organizations.
The Girls Golf Program sponsored by the Michigan Women’s Golf Association (MWGA) had the most individual donors out of all participating nonprofits in the 2019 Birdies for Charity program.
“The Girls Golf Program sponsored by the Michigan Women’s Golf Association is grateful to the Rocket Mortgage Classic and its Birdies for Charity program because the money raised from our members and girls golf program supporters allowed us to enroll an all-time high number of junior golfers,” said Francine Pegues, Director of the Girls Golf Program. “I was able to distribute and collect the pledge forms at all our events and have a link on our website that connected to the online donor form. The program was easy to use, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to participate in Birdies for Charity again!”
Including the funds raised through the Birdies for Charity program, the Rocket Giving Fund recently announced the distribution of more than $1.2 million – $900,000 of which went to the tournament’s primary charitable beneficiaries and more than $1.1 million which went to Detroit-based organizations. The Rocket Giving Fund is the charitable arm of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, and directs the net proceeds from the event to designated nonprofits.
“We were all inspired by the success of our Birdies for Charity program in its first year, and we encourage all nonprofits to participate during the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic,” said Jason Langwell, Executive Director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. “The program is free to all participating organizations, and the platform of the Rocket Mortgage Classic is great for increasing visibility and soliciting donations to support the mission of each organization. Along with the contributions made to our primary charitable beneficiaries, we’re extremely proud of the impact that the Rocket Mortgage Classic had in its first year.”
The second playing of the Rocket Mortgage Classic is scheduled for May 25-31, 2020 at Detroit Golf Club, with a new Memorial Day start. Tickets, volunteer opportunities, and more information are available at RocketMortgageClassic.com.
The Rocket Mortgage Classic made history in 2019 as the first PGA TOUR event ever held in the city of Detroit, and Nate Lashley added to the historic feel of the week by winning for the first time on the PGA TOUR and becoming the tournament’s inaugural champion. Embodying the spirit of Detroit, the week-long event featured great entertainment, cuisine and social activities on and off the course. The Rocket Mortgage Classic was the most awarded event during the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season, being recognized for “Best Special Event” (the AREA 313 Celebrity Challenge) and “Best Tournament Sales” as well as being honored with the first “Fair Way Award” for its diversity and inclusion initiatives. The Rocket Giving Fund is the primary charitable beneficiary of the tournament and will support many local charities. More information is available at RocketMortgageClassic.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@RocketClassic).
About Quicken Loans / Rocket Mortgage
Detroit-based Quicken Loans is the nation’s largest home mortgage lender. The company closed $145 billion in mortgage volume across all 50 states in 2019. In late 2015 Quicken Loans introduced Rocket Mortgage, the first fully digital mortgage experience. Today, 98% of all home loans originated by Quicken Loans utilize Rocket Mortgage Technology.
Quicken Loans moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010. Today, Quicken Loans and its Family of Companies employ more than 18,000 full-time team members in Detroit’s urban core. The company generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Phoenix. Quicken Loans also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked highest in the country for customer satisfaction for primary mortgage origination by J.D. Power for the past ten consecutive years, 2010 – 2019, and also ranked highest in the country for customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers the past six consecutive years, 2014 – 2019.
Quicken Loans was once again named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list in 2019 and has been included in the magazine’s top 1/3rd of companies named to the list for the past 16 consecutive years. In addition, Essence Magazine named Quicken Loans “#1 Place to Work in the Country for African Americans.”
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