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Champion raised a record-setting $100,000 at the Champion Cares Golf Invitational
Columbus, OH – On Aug. 12, the 2016 Champion Cares Golf Invitational welcomed 118 golfers to the NorthStar Golf Club of Sunbury, Ohio, in a tournament raising more than $100,000 for two Central Ohio charities.
The annual golf outing, which raised $65,000 in 2015, reached its fundraising goal and donated $50,000 to both the YWCA Family Center and the Children’s Hunger Alliance at this year’s event.
“The need is real and the need is right here in Central Ohio,” Michelle Yeager-Thornton, co-founder and COO of The Champion Companies, said. “With the generous support of this year’s golfers and 41 sponsors, we are able to make a difference in the lives of people right here in our hometown.”
The Champion Cares Foundation is the philanthropic initiative of The Champion Companies, a Westerville-based multi-family investment and management company. The Champion Cares Foundation’s mission is to support people within the community who are in need with the help of the company’s business relationships, residents and team members.
Community is one of Champion’s six core principles. The company and its team members are involved in several initiatives throughout the year that support local charities, including serving meals at the YWCA Family Center and sponsoring Children Hunger Alliance’s annual Taste to Remember.
“We continually stress the importance of being socially responsible,” Brian Yeager, president and CEO, said. “We see it as our responsibility to give back to the community and the Champion Cares Foundation allows us to mobilize our team members and business partners to get involved. And together we’re able to make a huge impact.”
The money donated at the 2016 CCGI will allow the YWCA Family Center and the Children’s Hunger Alliance fund programs and meals for the families they serve.
“We are proud to partner with the YWCA and the Children’s Hunger Alliance, two local organizations who share a similar mission as ours at Champion Cares,” Yeager-Thornton said. “We could not be more excited that the money we raised will help support our neighbors in need.”
Founded in 2010, Champion is a full-service, multi-family investment and management firm. Champion currently owns and manages nearly 5,000 apartments within Central Ohio, with 12 communities in the growing cities of Columbus (Easton), Delaware, Dublin, Hilliard, Lewis Center (Polaris), New Albany, Westerville and Worthington. Champion has been recognized for its philanthropic efforts, receiving a Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service and a Columbus Business First Corporate Caring Award in 2015.
About Children’s Hunger Alliance
Children’s Hunger Alliance is the largest sponsor of home-based child care providers in Ohio, reimbursing them for the meals and snacks they serve to children. They increase easy access to nutritious food by helping guide school breakfast programs and assisting Ohio Summer Food Service sponsors in providing meals and snacks at summer feeding locations.
About The YWCA Family Center
The YWCA Family Center provides emergency shelter and critical services to stabilize homeless families in Central Ohio. A national model, its goal is to help families find housing within three weeks of entering the program.