AKRON, Ohio – With combined proceeds from the 2022 Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and the Ambassador of Golf Event presented by FirstEnergy Foundation, $951,379 was raised for Northeast Ohio charities. The 2022 donation is the largest annual charitable total generated by these events, with total giving of over $31 million from professional golf events at Firestone Country Club dating back to 1984. In addition, next year is the 70th anniversary of professional golf at Firestone and will feature a new title sponsor with the Kaulig Companies Championship on PGA TOUR Champions. Next year’s tournament dates are July 12-16, 2023.
“This year’s record charitable total will have a positive impact on Northeast Ohio,” said Kaulig Companies Championship Executive Director Don Padgett III. “Thank you to Bridgestone, Westfield, FirstEnergy Foundation, Northern Ohio Golf Charities and all our supporters and fans for their efforts in making this donation become a reality. Additionally, we are very excited to partner with Kaulig Companies as title sponsor in 2023 and to start a new chapter of professional golf at Firestone.”
Charities that will benefit include:
Akron Children’s Hospital
LeBron James Family Foundation
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Summa Health System
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
United Way, Summit Medina
Akron Symphony Orchestra
Akron Urban League
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio
Clearview Legacy Foundation (HOPE Program)
Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Ohio
First Tee of Greater Akron
First Tee of Cleveland
First Tee of Canton
Tiretown Golf Club
In addition to the organizations listed, more charities will be announced next year that will receive funding.
Jerry Kelly is the defending champion of the Kaulig Companies Championship. Golf’s legends will return to Firestone Country Club to compete for this PGA TOUR Champions major from July 12-16, 2023. For more information on the 2023 Kaulig Companies Championship, please visit kauligchampionship.com.
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ABOUT THE KAULIG COMPANIES CHAMPIONSHIP
The Kaulig Companies Championship is one of five major championships contested annually on PGA TOUR Champions for eligible professionals age 50 and over. The 2023 tournament will be held the week of July 12-16 and will continue professional golf’s 70-year tradition at Firestone Country Club. A field of 78 professionals will compete for one of the most prestigious Champions Tour titles and an exemption into the following year’s PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
ABOUT PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, on Facebook,, on Twitter (@ChampionsTour), on Instagram (@pgatourchampions) and on TikTok (pgatourchampions).
All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on GOLF Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Tournament programming is available via 20-plus TV linear partners in 170-plus countries and territories, with 25 channels carrying long-form and/or highlights coverage, and 170-plus hours of live coverage distributed in 130-plus countries and territories. Programming is also available via the OTT platform GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR in every market outside of the United States (240-plus countries and territories), excluding China, Korea and Russia, with live coverage distributed in 130-plus countries and territories.
ABOUT KAULIG COMPANIES
Kaulig Companies Limited is the single-member family office (SFO) for Matt Kaulig and his immediate family. The family office operates across a diverse spectrum of businesses, including sports and entertainment, marketing and event management, private equity, real estate, investment advisory services and philanthropy, with a focus on children and families. To learn more visit www.kauligcompanies.com.
NORTHERN OHIO GOLF CHARITIES
Northern Ohio Golf Charities and Foundation is the volunteer organization that has helped conduct professional golf tournaments at Firestone Country Club for 65 years through a dedicated, camaraderie-driven volunteer force who support tournament operations, raise funds for northern Ohio charities and recognize golf legends through the Ambassador of Golf program. www.nogcf.org