Express Scripts Helps Event Generate Over $200,000 for PGA REACH
The Gateway PGA Foundation and their President, Ozzie Smith, generated significant exposure and resources for PGA REACH (Recreation, Education, Awareness, Community, and Health.) The event was held on Monday, May 27th, the day after the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Participants were able to play Bellerive Country Club under the same conditions as Championship Sunday. Express Scripts was the title sponsor of the event and felt the day aligned well with their desire to impact the community. "The PGA REACH initiative is now off to a wonderful start and we are happy that Express Scripts could be a part of it. Our volunteers had a great time and they shared in our excitement to be part of an event that will pay impact to the St. Louis community for years to come" remarked Susan Stith, Senior Director and Diversity Officer at Express Scripts.
St Louis Cardinals and Baseball Hall of Fame Member, Ozzie Smith, commented on what the game of golf can do for the community. "The golfing world really embraced PGA REACH all week at the Sr PGA Championship. That excitement continued the next day at Bellerive Country Club during the Play Like the Pro's Event. In essence, that is what PGA REACH is all about. We are leveraging the game of golf to provide excitement, energy, resources, and awareness towards problems facing our community. We are so thankful for the willingness of Bellerive in using their golf course and we are in-debted to Express Scripts for their generosity."
PGA REACH is providing wrap around services that focus on providing positive outside the classroom experiences. The hope of PGA REACH and their partners is that these experiences and relationships will in-turn help keep kids in school. On the horizon, PGA REACH will continue to support Urban K-Life, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St Louis. The Gateway PGA Foundation is also hopeful that this initiative will allow for a recreational site in which golf can become a daily activity for many north St. Louis youth. One day they envision St Louis Public High School students having their very own golf teams. Stay tuned as many things are happening in north St. Louis thanks to Gateway PGA Professionals, the St Louis golfing community, and the generosity of companies like Express Scripts.