Galloway, NJ (June 3, 2016)
-- Organizations that help the families of wounded veterans and children battling cancer were among more than 40 nonprofit groups accepting grants Friday from ShopRite at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer in Galloway, NJ.
The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer showcases some of the best female golfers in the world while also putting the spotlight on community. The tournament generates millions in local spending each year while also raising money for dozens of charities based in the communities where ShopRite stores operate.
On Friday, ShopRite presented grants to more than 40 of those groups, including several healthcare and hunger-fighting organizations, during a special luncheon at the ShopRite LPGA at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club.
“The ShopRite LPGA Classic is such a great sporting and family-oriented event, but we also see it as a great opportunity to call out the victories of charitable organizations and the enduring work they do. They are all champions here at the LPGA,” said ShopRite’s Community Relations Manager Christine Magyarits.
Groups accepting donations Friday included Embrace Kids Foundation, which provides support to the families of pediatric cancer patients, and the Fisher House, a nonprofit providing military families a place to stay at no cost while their loved ones are receiving medical treatment.
Glenn Jenkins, executive director of Embrace Kids Foundation, right, held up a photo at Friday's luncheon of a young person served by Embrace Kids.
The ShopRite LPGA and its corporate sponsors have also supported programs at the Atlanticare Regional Medical Center; Susan G. Komens Race for the Cure in North Jersey; diabetes management programs at St. Joseph’s Medical Center; CARES Institute’s Treatment Center for Child Abuse and Neglect; the Pediatric Ophthalmology Section at Yale University, and food banks throughout the region. The ShopRite LPGA Classic attracts strong corporate partners because of its dedication to providing an affordable, world-class entertainment experience for the entire family.
Anna Nordqvist successfully defended her ShopRite LPGA Classic title Sunday after playing alongside past winners Stacy Lewis, Karrie Webb, Juli Inkster, Angela Stanford and Ai Miyazato.
Golfers Candy Hannemann and Elizabeth Wang also competed Hannemann is a Brazilian native attempting to represent her country this summer when golf returns to the Olympics. Wang, a high school sophomore from San Marino, Calif., is ranked No. 11 nationally on the American Junior Golf Association Rankings and earned her spot in the field by winning the 2015 Junior PGA Championship. The field also includes a number of other notable players including South Jersey fan favorites like Natalie Gulbis and Christina Kim, and young standouts like Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson.
The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer runs through Sunday, June 5. The 144-player field will compete over three rounds for a $1.5 million purse and the tournament will be televised live on Golf Channel.
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With 264 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $40 million to 2,000 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised nearly $30 million for local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com