The Honda Classic sets a new record raising money for kid's charities

Sarah Peters
The Palm Beach Post
July 11, 2016

The PGA Tour tournament raised $3.22 million that will be distributed to 50 local charities.A $1 million grant will support a new pediatric emergency department at Jupiter Medical Center.

PALM BEACH GARDENS — The Honda Classic has outdone itself again.

The golf tournament held every February at PGA National Resort & Spa raised $3.2 million for charities this year, setting a new record of charitable giving for the 10th year in a row. The money will be awarded to 50 local organizations this week, a celebration known as Honda Classic Cares.

A $1 million grant to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation will help pay for a new, $5 million pediatric emergency department at Jupiter Medical Center.

“The board of Children’s Healthcare Charity is thrilled to contribute a record amount to improve health and wellness for children in Palm Beach and Martin Counties,” President Joe Steranka said. “We’re honored to serve with golf’s first family, led by Barbara, Jack and Gary Nicklaus, in helping to expand Nicklaus Children’s Hospital centers offering world class pediatric services and treatment.”

The PGA Tour event raised $2.55 million for distribution last year and has raised about $31.5 million since coming to PGA National in 2007. Honda Classic Executive Director Ken Kennerly said it’s been “wonderful” to see the tournament’s growth over the last 10 years.

“It’s a testament to not only the success of the tournament, but it’s a testament to the way the community has really embraced everything we’re doing,” he said.

The money from this year’s tournament will benefit the Els Center for Excellence for autistic children in Jupiter, after-school and summer programs for kids at Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches and the restoration of the Village Program of Scouting with the Gulfstream Council Boy Scouts.

The Honda Classic also sponsors summer camp for 35 kids at the YMCA of the Palm Beaches, an art education program at the Artist Showcase of the Palm Beaches and cystic fibrosis patient care at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The Honda Classic supports caregivers for abused or neglected children at Grandma’s Place in Royal Palm Beach and kids who need help from the Palm Beach County Food Bank. The money raised will also provide a major contribution toward a 250-seat auditorium at the Leadership Academy of Urban Youth Impact in West Palm Beach.