Global Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Impoverished Children

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More than 2000 golfers in 21 locations on five continents will be playing to raise funds for needy children in the sixth annual Christel House Open international charity golf tournament. Renamed the Group RCI Christel House Open in recognition of the tournament's title sponsor, the event will take place across the globe in India, Mexico, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the United States to benefit children who are amongst the most impoverished in the world.

"Christel House transforms the lives of many children around the world, giving them an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education and opportunity," commented Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO of Group RCI. "Group RCI is the world's largest global timeshare exchange company, offering our over 3 million members the opportunity to explore 100 countries around the world and this event is our way of giving back to those who need it most. Given that we are a global company, the idea of a global golf event married our business footprint with our philanthropic goals."

Global proceeds are expected to top $800,000. One hundred percent of proceeds are used for programs and services directly benefiting the 2700 children of Christel House, with locations in India, Mexico, South Africa, the United States and Venezuela. "It's more than a school," added Christel deHaan, founder of RCI and Christel House International. "We provide many children with their only meal for the day, their health care, and mentors who teach them life-skills development."

In the United States, tournament sites are located in:

— Phoenix, Arizona, at Camel Back
— Vista, California, at Shadow Ridge
— Eagle, Colorado, at Eagle Ranch
— Boca Raton, Florida, at PGA National Resort and Spa
— Daytona, Florida, at LPGA International
— Kissimmee, Florida, at The Legends at Orange
— Carmel, Indiana, at Crooked Stick
— Boyne, Michigan, at The Monument at Boyne
— Booneville, New York, at Woodgate Pines Golf Club
— Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at Myrtlewood Palmetto
— Williamsburg, Virginia, at Williamsburg Country Club
— Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, at Christmas Mountain Village Resort

Joining the title sponsor Group RCI as event-wide sponsors are:

  • Gold Sponsor:
    St. Vincent Hospitals
  • Silver Sponsors:
    FedEx Express
    Morgan Stanley
    Wyndham Vacation Ownership
  • Bronze Sponsors:
    American Resort Development Association
    Bluegreen Corporation
    Harding Poorman Group
    Main Event
    Northern Trust

    As the charity of choice for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), Christel House and The Open are largely supported by developers, resorts and vendors in the timeshare industry.

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