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Since the tournament’s inception, it has raised more than $700,000 for those in need in Central Ohio.
(SUNBURY, OH)– On Friday, August 9, The Champion Cares Golf Invitational (CCGI) shattered its previous charitable giving record by donating $200,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, and the YWCA Family Center.
The CCGI benefits The Champion Cares Foundation, which is the philanthropic initiative of Westerville-based multi-family firm The Champion Companies. The sold-out tournament brought together nearly 50 Central Ohio companies, through sponsorships and golfers, for the opportunity to make a huge impact on those in need.
“We are fortunate to have built a network of business partners who value giving back as much as we do,” said Michelle Yeager-Thornton, co-founder and COO of The Champion Companies. “It’s with their gracious support that we can use The Champion Cares Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of others.”
Representatives from The Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus and YWCA Family Center were present at Northstar Golf Club to receive their $100,000 checks each during a banquet after the round of golf. Each expressed their gratitude for Champion and all others who sponsor and donate to the event, as it is largely a source of support for their respective operations each year.
“The Champion Companies’ contribution to the YWCA Columbus and our Family Center will help families move toward self-sufficiency while giving them comfort during their time of need.” said Christie Angel, President & CEO of YWCA Columbus.
Rebecca Asmo, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, also expressed thanks, stating, “The Champion Cares golf outing has become such an important source of support for the operations of the Boy & Girls Clubs of Columbus. This event – and the many other ways Champion supports our Clubs and our kids – makes our organization so much stronger.”
Champion President and CEO Brian Yeager echoed Michelle’s comments about the importance of their like-minded network of business partners who continue to support the CCGI year-after-year. “When we come together like this, as a business community, with the goal of making a tangible difference in the lives of others, there is no limit to what we can achieve.” said Yeager. “That’s why we continue to push this tournament’s reach year after year, because at the end of the day, we’re making a lasting impact on families and children in Central Ohio.”
Founded in 2010, The Champion Companies is a market-leading multi-family investment, management and development firm. Champion currently owns and manages more than 5,000 Class A and B+ multi-family units in Central Ohio’s fast-growing suburbs. Champion has been named a Columbus Business First Fast 50 company for seven consecutive years. Champion has also been recognized for its philanthropic efforts, receiving a Columbus Business First Corporate Citizenship Award in 2018 & 2019 and a Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service in 2017.
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.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus is on a mission to empower young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.