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Kids Golf Classic
Annually, United Bank proudly hosts the Kids Golf Classic. The event, which began in 1997, benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, and has raised more than $3.1 million to assist the nonprofit organization.
The funds, which are not restricted for any one specific use, allow the organization to improve both the quality and quantity of the programs and services they provide. The organization serves between 100 and 200 youth per day by providing access to a safe, diverse facility with caring adult professionals that contribute to academic success, character building and healthy lifestyle choices.
Annual proceeds of the tournament account for 40% of the organization’s operating expenses, and according to Ben Shuman, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, are vital to the organization’s success.
The 2019 event generated $210,175 in donations, which will have a direct and positive impact on the more than 900 youth served annually by the organization.
"United Bank always pulls off one of the best events of the entire year - the flagship golf tournament in our region. They do an amazing job of creating a beautiful atmosphere with how they take care of the players and the teams. Without them and all of the sponsors and players, the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg would likely not be open today. If it were, it would certainly be in a vastly smaller capacity."
-Ben Shuman, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg
The tournament, which is entirely underwritten by United Bank has tremendous community support from golfers and businesses alike, many of whom have participated since the tournament’s inception. Because of United’s underwriting, 100% of the funds raised from entry fees, sponsorships and donations directly benefit the Boys and Girls Club.
In total, 136 golfers participated in the tournament, which was sponsored by over 146 local businesses and community members.
2020 tournament information to be announced.
For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, please visit their website here.
Ross Family Foundation, CAS Cable, Murray Sheet Metal + United Construction, Mary Riccobene, Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal Company, Reagle & Padden
Richard Adams, Family Carpet, Bowles Rice, Highmark West Virginia, Chapman Printing Company, WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, FIS, Wincore Windows & Doors, Mister Bee, Mary Anne and Doug Ketelsen
48 local businesses and community members
Additionally, 89 hole sponsors contributed $250 each.