TEAM BOYNE, Harbor Cup Raise $80k For Northern Michigan Charities

Team Boyne donates to Manna Food Project.

TEAM BOYNE, Harbor Cup Raise $80,000+ for Local Charities

BOYNE PGA professionals celebrate 26 years of raising dollars for Manna Food Project serving 320,000 meals and First Tee-Northern Michigan impacting area youth through golf

Harbor Springs, Mich. – For 26 years PGA professionals from BOYNE Golf have raised more than $700,000 through the annual Harbor Cup golf event, benefiting local charities including Manna Food Project and First Tee-Northern Michigan

The annual fall event was held October 3-4 at The Heather Course at The Highlands at Harbor Springs. PGA professionals from BOYNE Golf’s properties are pitted against PGA professionals from Petoskey area golf courses in a fun 54-hole Ryder Cup style format.

Team Boyne donates to The First Tee of Northern Michigan. Pictured: TEAM BOYNE and the First Tee-Northern Michigan Board of Directors

Team BOYNE professionals raised $80,000 for the charities this year. The donations are the result of the year-long fundraising effort leading up to and following the event and supported through a partnership with the Harbor Cup Charitable Fund, a component fund of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.  Many of the donations came from the members of the Country Club of Boyne and Bay Harbor Golf Club, merchandise sales, and pro-am and scramble golf events around the area.

The BOYNE Golf Harbor Cup team proudly presented donation checks this week to Manna Food Project ($65,000.00) and First Tee-Northern Michigan ($15,000). Manna Food is a pantry and warehouse that supplies food to more than 35 pantries and agencies in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties. This year’s charitable contribution will help provide more than 320,000 meals to community members. In addition, First Tee is an organization that promotes character development and life-enhancing values to area youth through the game of golf. The donation helps to increase programming opportunities and reach more youth. Other organizations in Northern Michigan will also benefit from the Harbor Cup charitable donations.

“It has been very gratifying and an honor to be part of this effort together with our BOYNE and Petoskey area PGA professionals for so many years. We have all come together and built a long-standing tradition of charitable contributions that have made a significant impact in our Northern Michigan community,” said Josh Richter, Senior Vice President of Boyne Resorts’ golf operations and Team BOYNE’s Harbor Cup Associate Captain. “Without the support from the Country Club of Boyne, Bay Harbor Golf Club members, area businesses and vendors, homeowners, as well as the support of the Bay Harbor Foundation and the Harbor Cup Charitable Fund, a component fund of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, this would not be possible.”

Team BOYNE Harbor Cup included Captain Steve Niezgoda, assistant captains Bernie Friedrich, Josh Richter, Dave Trudell, assistants Joe Charles, Dave McWhorther. Players included Avry Freel, Indiana Jones, Scott Pussehl, John Myers, Corey May, Casey Powers, Zach Zondlo, Brian Jakeway, Bob Wilson, Brandon Brown, Jeff Roth, Steve Niezgoda.

For more information on Manna Food Project, visit www.mannafoodproject.org and to learn more about First Tee Northern Michigan, go to www.firstteenorthernmichigan.org.

For more information on BOYNE Golf, visit www.BOYNEgolf.com

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