Bi-Lo Golf Tourney Raises Over $4.5M

This year’s Bi-Lo Charity Classic raised a total of $4,515,236 to aid nonprofit organizations across Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee that contribute to children’s needs, education and hunger relief.

“Everyone who had a hand in the success of year’s tournament should feel very good,” said Michael Byars, president and CEO of Mauldin, S.C.-based Bi-Lo. “The support we have received from our supplier partners and members of the community has been overwhelming.”

Funds came from corporate sponsorships of the golf tournament, auction and product sales, and donations of Bi-Lo shoppers.

“By generously adding only $1 to their grocery bill in support of local charities, customers collectively, donated nearly $640,000 to date,” said Bi-Lo SVP of store operations Anthea Jones, who is also co-chairman of the Bi-Lo Charity Classic. “A commitment to meet the needs of our communities is seen in our stores every day. Both our customers and our teammates understand that importance.”

The grocer’s 2010 golf tournament took place June 7 on a dozen of upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina’s finest golf courses, in addition to the BMW Performance Center. Almost 1,200 golfers and their guests flocked from across the country to take part in the event. While the tournament itself lasts a single day, the Charity Classic provides a full weekend of activities. On Friday, June 4, First Tee chapters from Spartanburg and Greenville, S.C., played in the fourth annual First Tee Invitational, presented by the Bi-Lo Charity Classic. Event guests also attended an auction and pairings party, along with an awards banquet at the Hartness Estate in Greenville, S.C.

The Bi-Lo Charity Classic started in 1983 as a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels of Greenville, and has since grown to be the largest one-day charity golf tournament in the country. To date, the tournament has raised over $52.5 million to support hundreds of charities throughout the Southeastern grocer’s four-state operating area.
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