Named 2013 Charity of the Year by the PGA Champions Tour, The Principal Charity Classic’s “FORE Our Kids” initiative will use its $30,000 prize to provide specially equipped bicycles and iPads to Central Iowa young people with disabilities. The adapted bikes, which can cost up to $3,000 each, offer therapeutic benefits and an opportunity for outdoor fun.
For the first time in seven years since Principal Financial Group Inc. became the title sponsor, the 2013 tournament passed the million-dollar mark in a single year, distributing $1,032,500 to five “FORE Our Kids” charities: Blank Children’s Hospital, Bravo Greater Des Moines, United Way of Central Iowa, Variety—the Children’s Charity and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. An additional 106 “Birdies for Charity” organizations also received donations. This year’s Principal Charity Classic will be held May 27–June 1 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines.
At the recent award ceremony at Principal Financial Group, Lincoln High School’s Infinity Show Choir surprised the audience by interrupting Principal CEO Larry Zimpleman with a “flash mob” performance. They wanted to thank the PGA Champions Tour and those involved with The Principal Charity Classic on behalf of Central Iowa youth served by the donations. See it here.