With the PGA Tour's Paul Casey and LPGA star Danielle Kang as Honorary Chairs, this year's UNICEF Golf Classic raised over $220,000 for the charity's lifesaving work.
Both Casey and Kang generously donated experiential packages for the event’s live auction, which included a private golf-day at their home courses in Scottsdale and Las Vegas respectively.
Casey and Kang have taken their passion for UNICEF and integrated it into their everyday lives. Casey has promised for every birdie he hits in tournament play between May and December 2018, he will donate $100 to UNICEF to fight famine. Kang recently visited a UNICEF Kid Power classroom in San Francisco and spoke with students about the importance of kids helping kids.
At the beautiful Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, New York, the UNICEF Golf Classic began with remarks from UNICEF USA’s Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President Barron Segar. UNICEF USA’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Edward G. Lloyd, who has been involved with the Golf Classic for seven years, spoke at the conclusion of the event.
NFL Super Bowl Champions and former New York Giant Players Howard Cross, Karl Nelson, and President of the NFL Alumni Bart Oates all attended this year’s event. Event Chairs Philip Birsh, Michael Sasso, Christian Simonds, Lou Switzer were also present in attendance.
Paul Casey said, “My children are the life and soul of everything I do. Children are now what I notice day-to-day. On the golf course, I smile at the kids, because I want to make sure they have the greatest experience they possibly can. And even on the golf course, I think, if my son and daughter were here right now, how would I behave? How can I make the world a better place for him, and how can I help other children, too? I chose to align with UNICEF because to me, UNICEF is the pinnacle of putting children’s needs first — across the world”.
“Ultimately, if I play really well, I'm doing my part and raising lots of money, plus hopefully moving up the leaderboard. It's a win-win situation."
Danielle Kang commented, “When I was young I would write goals. I wanted to be a pro. I wanted to win a major. And I wanted to be a partner of UNICEF.”
“As the leading humanitarian organization, UNICEF is incredibly experienced and experts at what they do. The way UNICEF functions, it's not just about hunger— it's about taking care of the human as a whole. I want to use my platform as a public figure to raise awareness and be a voice for kids.”
“When fans see me make a birdie, I want them to be reminded that there's an organization called UNICEF that's helping children. And I want them to be inspired to help."
Images: Julie Skarratt Photography for UNICEF USA.