More than $1 million raised for First Tee through its multi-year Charitybuzz partnership
AUGUSTINE, Florida (Aug. 6, 2019) – National youth development organization First Tee is partnering with leading auction site for cause Charitybuzz to auction off access to the world’s most prestigious golf courses and other lifestyle experiences. The auction is live at Charitybuzz.com/TheFirstTee through Thursday, August 22.
First Tee chapters from across the country are participating in this year’s auction, raising funds for programs introducing youth to life and leadership skills through the game of golf. Experiences for auction to benefit First Tee include:
- Round of Golf with Bill Murray and Scott Simpson at Pebble Beach Golf Links
- Notable golf memorabilia including 2018 Ryder Cup flag signed by players and captains, and Limited Edition Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour shoe signed by Rory McIlroy
- Rounds of golf at legendary courses including Pinehurst, Muirfield and Winged Foot
- Dream golf trips to Ireland and Pebble Beach
“Our First Tee chapters are reaching youth across the country, empowering them with crucial life and leadership skills to help them succeed in school and prepare for their futures,” said Greg McLaughlin, First Tee president. “Partnering with innovative organizations like Charitybuzz provides important fundraising opportunities to support our chapter programs and allows us to reach more young people.”
First Tee has partnered with Charitybuzz since 2017 to bring exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to a community of high net-worth bidders. First Tee has raised more than $1 million to-date through Charitybuzz.
“Although it is an exceptional number, it’s no surprise that First Tee has surpassed the million-dollar mark through Charitybuzz,” said Charitybuzz President Ben Erwin. “First Tee is a smart, engaged organization — throughout the headquarters and the more than 150 individual chapters — and they know how to maximize what Charitybuzz has to offer. Through our collaboration, we’re able to reach even more children with the transformative experience of sport.”
Many of First Tee’s chapters have built year-round partnerships with Charitybuzz, taking advantage of the platform’s Golf Curates auctions and other marketing opportunities, to raise new, unrestricted funds on a consistent basis.
First Tee is a youth development organization dedicated to helping young people build character through the game of golf. First Tee’s 150 chapters are reaching more than 136,000 young people annually at more than 1,200 program locations, with support from 25,000 volunteers. Additionally, First Tee has been introduced to more than 10,000 schools and youth centers reaching millions of additional kids through these programs.
To learn more about First Tee and view all the auction lots for this campaign, visit Charitybuzz.com/TheFirstTee now through August 22, 2019.
Charitybuzz is the leading online charity auction platform, offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences and incredible luxury packages to its community of hundreds of thousands of high-net-worth bidders while raising funds for charitable causes around the globe. Charitybuzz auctions feature exclusive access to some of the world’s most influential personalities, including Sir Paul McCartney, Tim Cook, Beyoncé, Mick Jagger, Warren Buffett, Taylor Swift and many more. To date, Charitybuzz has helped raise nearly $350 million for more than 4,000 non-profit organizations, including Save the Children, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, One Drop Foundation and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Charitybuzz is a member of Charity Network. Named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, Charity Network is also parent company to Prizeo, an online sweepstakes-for-good platform, and Global Philanthropy Group, a strategy consulting firm for cause. To learn more, please visit www.charitybuzz.com.
About First Tee
First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is a nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its beginning in 1997, First Tee has expanded to reach millions of young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving locations. Its headquarters are in St. Augustine, Florida, USA, with programs in all 50 United States and select international locations.