Meijer LPGA Classic 2021 raised $ 1.1 million for its Simply Give program during its three-day tournament that saw Nelly Korda become champion and became the first two-time LPGA Tour winner that season.
“Meijer LPGA Classic made a stronger return than ever this year,” said Rick Keyes, President and CEO of Meijer. âThanks to continued support from our community, we exceeded our goal of $ 1 million for this year’s tournament, which will have a huge impact on famine relief in the Midwest. Seeing our community come together in person for the first time in more than a year to feed our neighbors made the event even more meaningful. “
In addition to the $ 1.1 million raised for the program, tournament officials announced a donation of $ 25,000 to a Korda-selected hunger relief program. The money raised will be shared to fill the shelves of Meijer’s 252 grocery pantry partners in the Midwest who participated in the Simply Give spring campaign.
“On behalf of everyone at Meijer, we congratulate Meijer LPGA Classic Champion Nelly Korda,” said Cathy Cooper, Managing Director of Meijer LPGA Classic. “After seeing the impact of the pandemic on food insecure people around the world, we’re excited to start a new tradition this year by donating $ 25,000 to a hunger relief organization in a city of your choice.”
Meijer LPGA Classic has raised a total of 7.4 million US dollars for the Meijer Simply Give program in seven tournaments. The tournament was canceled last year due to the pandemic, but the retailer doubled the amount raised at the 2019 event and donated $ 1.1 million on behalf of the canceled tournament.
“The past year has been extremely difficult for many families in our community, especially families affected by homelessness,” said Dan Skoglund, executive director of the Muskegon Rescue Mission. âWe have seen an increase in families seeking help with basic needs such as food. Thanks to our partnership with Meijer as part of the Simply Give program, we were able to meet the needs of everyone who comes to us. “
Korda emerged from a field of 144 professional golfers as the 2021 Meijer LPGA Classic winner after winning $ 345,000 on the 20th.
“I love the fans,” she said. âI’ve missed that so much in the past year and a half. At (hole) 17 they really gave me a lot of confidence. They shouted my name and said to me, ‘Let’s go.’ When you have a lot on your side, it feels good and puts a smile on your face. “