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BMW Charity Pro-Am raises $118,152 from auction, donations

Staff Report //July 20, 2020//

BMW Charity Pro-Am raises $118,152 from auction, donations

Staff Report //July 20, 2020//

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This year’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex Corp. may not have attracted the usual golfers from all corners of the country after the tournament was canceled in April, but the event still raised $118,152 for local charities.

Funds were raised during the event’s Tournament Week of Giving through an online auction, Birdies for Charity donations and gifts from sponsors, volunteers and ticket holders, according to a news release.

Max Metcalf, left, and Bob Stegner unveil and present a check representing the funds to be divided among four charities from the 2019 tournament. (Photo/Ross Norton)“This pandemic has had an unimaginable impact on the charities that lean on our support year to year,” Bob Nitto, president of South Carolina Charities Inc., said in the release. “We are truly grateful to our community and tournament participants, volunteers and sponsors for stepping up in this extraordinary time of need to continue to support these charities that make a daily impact on the Upstate of South Carolina. This final total is something we should all be proud to stand behind.”

Beneficiaries include Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Upstate, Roper Mountain Science Center, The Cliffs Residents Outreach, Cancer Society of Greenville County and Meyer Center for Special Children.

At least 85% of this year’s sponsors have already pledged to continue supporting these six charities, the release said.

“We are so very thankful for the support that we have received from the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex Corp.,” Lisa Green, executive director of the Cancer Society of Greenville, said in the release. “These dollars translate into hope, help and healing for over 4,000 Greenville cancer patients served by our organization, and is a much-needed boost with fundraising dollars being negatively impacted due to the current pandemic.”

The 2021 tournament is expected to take place June 7-13 at Thornblade Club and The Cliffs Valley.