Nobody wants to think that there are hungry kids in North Carolina – much less in the counties of the Piedmont Triad. But our state ranks second in the nation for food insecure children under the age of 5 and tenth for children under the age of 18. And according to a 2014 Gallup poll, our area ranks first in the nation for the number of people who say they don’t have enough money for food. That means there are thousands of children who leave school on Friday afternoon not knowing if they’ll eat again until Monday morning when school resumes.
Research shows that kids who aren’t well nourished cannot concentrate and do not function well in school.
To alleviate this problem, the Wyndham Championship and the Wishes by Wyndham Foundation started Birdies Fore Backpacks in 2014. Birdies Fore Backpacks will fund 501(c)(3) charitable organizations to fill backpacks on Fridays with nutritionally sound meals for low income kids to take home every weekend.
Ten thousand dollars will feed 50 children for one school year. That’s 40 weekends and 8,000 meals. Every meal helps.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Just solicit a pledge based on the number of birdies made by PGA TOUR players during the Wyndham Championship. It’s an easy and effective fundraising opportunity for every 501(c)(3) organization.
Charities receive 100% of every donation. Donors can also make a one-time tax deductible donation. The 2016 Birdies Fore Backpacks fundraising campaign is held April 30 – August 21, 2016.
What is a Birdie?
While a “par” is the perfect score on any given hole, a “birdie” is one stroke below par.
In its inaugural year, Birdies Fore Backpacks raised some $200,000 to help feed hungry children throughout the Piedmont Triad. Please help us beat that number this year by making a donation or a pledge.
At the Wyndham Championship, the average number of birdies made is 1,600. So if you solicit a pledge for 10 cents per birdie and 1,600 birdies are made over the four-day tournament, that’s a donation of $160.
$0.01+ per birdie made
$0.10 + per birdie made
$0.50+ per birdie made
$1.00+ per birdie made
1 cent = $16
5 cents = $80
10 cents = $160
50 cents = $800
$1.00 = $1,600