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May 15, 2014
by Shayla Concannon

Cincinnati Golfers for Charity

What is Cincinnati Golfers for Charity?
The CGC was founded by five St. Xavier High School friends (in Cincinnati, OH ) who had participated in a 100 Golf Challenge event that had been hosted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. When the Make-A-Wish Foundation Event decided to end their event, the friends decided to enlist the help of a couple dozen of their mutual friends to create a new charity of their own named CGC. Each year, the CGC sets out to play 100 holes of golf in one day! Ahead of the event, the members raise as many dollars as they can from friends, relatives, peers, and anyone willing to donate. The funds raised are then divided up between the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as one other charity that is selected for that particular year. Together we have raised approximately $715,000 for various children’s related charities in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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CGC’s Purpose
On June 9, 2008, we played our first 100 Hole Golf Challenge at the Walden Ponds Golf Course in Hamilton, Ohio. This was our first year and their accommodations and golf course were absolutely tremendous. The day was a great success and we were able to successfully play our first 100 challenge in spite of the 97 degree heat!!!

In our first year, we set out with a goal of $50,000. Together we collectively raised over $90,000, almost doubling what we had originally set out to raise!!!

With the proceeds from the tournament we were able to sponsor three children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

In addition to granting over 50 wishes for Greater Cincinnati Make – A – Wish children, the CGC has given grants to the following Greater Cincinnati children’s charities: The Kelly O’ Leary Center for Autism, The International RETT Syndrome Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation, Cancer Free Kids, The Thomas Center for Down Syndrome, Max’s Meals, Mitch’s Mission, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, The Cincinnati Hearing Aid Trust, Cystic Fibrosis, The Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Katie’s House, Karen Carnes Foundation – Coats for Kids, Children’s Heart Association – Cincinnati, and many more.

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2014 Cincinnati Golfers for Charity Event
This year, CGC’s 100-hole event will take place on May 30 at The Vineyard Golf Course. Pete Kopf and Jason Kunkel of Kopf Group Realtors are participating golfers in the event every year.

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A word from Pete:
“Six years ago I helped start the Cincinnati Golfers for Charity. Since 2008, we have raised over $700,000 for Make-A-Wish and other Greater Cincinnati children’s charities by playing 100 Holes of golf in one day. On May 30th, we will be at it again raising money to grant wishes for some local Make – A – Wish children as well as for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. We will also be raising money for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in honor of my daughter Georgia.”

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