Dominion Energy Charity Classic surpasses $9.3 million generated for local charity since tournament’s inception in 2016
2022 event helped generate more than $2 million
RICHMOND, Virginia – Tournament officials announced today that the 2022 Dominion Energy Charity Classic helped generate more than $2 million for charities in the central Virginia region, bringing the tournament’s total charitable impact to over $9.3 million since the event debuted in 2016. Defending Champion Steven Alker was in Richmond to participate in the announcement.
The PGA TOUR Champions tournament, currently in its eighth year, is dedicated to providing a platform to generate charitable funds for the local community, with a focus on military support. In 2022, the tournament distributed funds to the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation, the Richmond Fisher House, McGuire Research Institute and more than 100 additional non-profit organizations in Central Virginia.
“Dominion Energy is proud to have sponsored an event that over the past seven years has raised nearly $10 million for our communities,” said Robert M. Blue, chair, president, and chief executive officer of Richmond-based Dominion Energy. “Hundreds of charities, including veterans organizations, have benefited from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, and we look forward to welcoming fans back to The Country Club of Virginia in October for an exciting tournament that provides enjoyment for and enriches the Richmond area.”
Each year, the Charity Classic offers area non-profit organizations the opportunity to participate in the Birdies for Charity program presented by TowneBank. This program provides participating 501(c)(3) organizations the ability to generate donations that the PGA TOUR bonuses by 10 percent. Some of the organizations that generated significant funds through the program in 2022 included Virginia Repertory Theatre, SwimRVA, Louisa Arts Center, Richmond Ballet and Urban Hope.
“The manner in which the local community supports our event year after year continues to amaze and humble us,” said Dominion Energy Charity Classic Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. “The number of corporations, volunteers, charities and fans that rally around the tournament year after year is off the charts, and we could not be more thankful to all of these groups for making the event what it is today.”
“All of us at the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation (VVSF) are grateful to continue to receive funds generated by the Dominion Energy Charity Classic,” said Paul Haughton, VVSF Board Chair. “The dollars our Foundation receives assist Virginia’s veterans in an effort to mitigate veteran homelessness and ensure military veterans are well equipped to pursue excellent employment opportunities within the Commonwealth. Ultimately, we work hard each day to ensure veterans and their families have the best possible quality of life here in Virginia and supportive events like this one help us do just that.”
Since the inaugural event in 2016, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic has received a number of accolades. In 2016, 2017 and 2019 the tournament received the Players Award, given annually to the tournament that goes above and beyond in the experience they provide to PGA TOUR Champions players. The 2018 Charity Classic won the Corporate Partnership Award, recognizing the outstanding sponsorship support from the Richmond business community as well as the 10-year extension announcement with Dominion Energy and The Country Club of Virginia, solidifying professional golf in Richmond through 2029. The 2022 tournament earned the PGA TOUR Champions President’s Award as Tournament of the Year, the Tour’s highest honor.
“We are pleased to serve as host of this incredible event, and are proud of the remarkable charitable impact it makes in our region, said Phil Kiester, General Manager of The Country Club of Virginia. “We are fortunate to have great partners in the PGA TOUR and Dominion Energy and appreciate all of the players, volunteers, sponsors, spectators, and charitable partners who have made the Dominion Energy Charity Classic a standout event.”
The 2023 event will return to The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course, October 19-22, with the top 72 players competing for a $2.2 million purse. Steven Alker is the defending champion. For additional tournament information or to find out more about Birdies for Charity presented by TowneBank, please visit www.deccgolf.com.