Wednesday, March 10, 2010 – While the world’s best female golfers packed their bags from the Harvest Lodge at Rich Harvest Farms six months ago, the impact of their visit was truly felt by the Sunshine Through Golf Foundation this February, as the Rich family presented the Foundation a $100,000 check in reaction to the highly successful event held at the family-owned facility last August.

“Rich Harvest Farms and the Kids Golf Foundation have always been about supporting amateur golf,” said Rich Harvest Farms owner and architect Jerry Rich. “Over the past twelve years, the Kids Golf Foundation has impacted over 150,000 kids in bringing this great game to their community. Similarly, the Sunshine Through Golf Foundation has a long history of using golf to improve the countless lives of juniors and individuals with special needs.  Both foundations have worked together to bring new programs to as many children as possible.  We are pleased that the $100,000 donation from the Rich Family will continue to help the Sunshine Through Golf Foundation create future opportunities to bring golf into the lives of juniors, individuals with special needs, minorities and the economically disadvantaged throughout the Chicago District. ”

“This gift from the Rich Family will help us in expanding both our programming and reach in a significant way,” Foundation assistant executive director Brittany Ottolini added.  “The Foundation is excited about the opportunities this gift makes possible and thanks the Rich family for providing this generous contribution.”

Sunshine Through Golf campers participated in the Solheim Cup, with 35 athletes from four special recreation associations attending a special clinic on the driving range during the practice rounds, then meeting and interacting with members of the Cup-winning United States team.  In all, the Foundation reached more than 1,000 individuals through 74 camps at courses throughout the Chicago District in 2009.

The Sunshine Through Golf Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization that brings joy to the lives of individuals with special needs through the game of golf.  For more information on getting involved with the Foundation, please visit www.sunshinethroughgolf.org.

Sunshine Through Golf Foundation

The Sunshine Through Golf Foundation, charitable arm of the Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA), brings the benefits and resources of the game of golf into the lives of beginners, juniors, special needs individuals, minorities and the economically disadvantaged throughout the Chicago District. The Foundation’s Sunshine Through Golf camp program is the largest grassroots golf program for individuals with disabilities in the U.S.