The 2009 PGA Championship
Community Relations Program
Returning to Hazeltine National Golf Club for the 2009 PGA Championship gives The PGA of
America an opportunity to reconnect with many of the outstanding charitable organizations that
participated in the 2002 PGA Championship Community Relations Program. We are excited to note
that these charities, in spite of the economic downturn affecting donations and reduction in volunteers,
continue to play a vital role in enhancing the lives of deserving youth and families.
The challenges that not-for-profit charitable organizations face are increasingly becoming more difficult.
These organizations are driven to raise the low high school graduation rates within the Minneapolis
Public Schools (one of the lowest of the nation’s top 50 cities), service families living at and below
poverty, and reduce hunger that continues to affect so many families. If not sufficiently addressed,
we will continue to see negative impacts on the economic structure within our communities in the
areas of unemployment among young adults, increased cost of health care, and increased incarcerations.
In many cases the charity has become the primary hope for many youths and families.
The bright side is that these charities are great stewards and are making a difference in the lives of many
young people and families. We would like to share some of the many wonderful personal testimonies
from individuals describing how these organizations have changed their lives. We are proud of these
organizations and hope that the 2009 PGA Championship and PGA Foundation will help bring
greater awareness and stimulate donors to give so that these charities can continue to be great
stewards in supporting their mission.
A total of 123 Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chaska charities participated in the 2009 PGA Championship
Community Relations program, receiving an estimated value of $500,000. We are proud that the PGA
Championship could bring additional awareness on the outstanding work of these organizations as well
as real value to support their programs. The Community Relations activities that were available for the
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We should also note that some 1,000 local citizens were temporarily employed to provide services in the
areas of food and beverage, security, Championship general construction and maintenance, and cleaning
services. To review the complete 2009 PGA Championship Community Relations program visit: