GREENVILLE, S.C. (Oct. 7, 2016) — Michelin North America Inc.'s recent charity golf tournament, held at five golf courses in the Greenville area, raised a record $947,000 from 230-plus suppliers and business partners who participated.
Michelin said the annual tournament is one of its most successful philanthropic fundraising events, responsible for nearly $5 million in donations since 1989. Money collected from this year's event will go to 10 charities serving communities where the company has manufacturing operations, Michelin said.
"This event is an outstanding example of how we, in partnership with our suppliers and selected charities, can work together in creating a better way forward in the communities where we operate," said Norman King, vice president of purchasing for Michelin.
"The generosity of our suppliers this year was remarkable; we are deeply grateful for their support of our communities where Michelin has a presence," said Leesa Owens, director of community relations for Michelin.
"The organizations that will benefit from this generosity have a meaningful and important impact on their local communities. Many lives will be touched by these contributions from our valued suppliers."
The 10 charities from this year's list of beneficiaries are:
- Homes of Hope — a Greenville organization that rebuilds communities through developing energy-efficient affordable housing and rebuilds the lives of men overcoming addictions through job training and mentoring.
- Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE) of Tuscaloosa, Ala. — a program dedicated to providing proven and effective drug prevention education programs to the parents and youth in Tuscaloosa.
- Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) — a national organization focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.
- Palmetto Conservation Foundation — Columbia, S.C.-based, nonprofit dedicated to natural and cultural resource protection in South Carolina.
- Safe Harbor — a private, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence in the upstate of South Carolina. Safe Harbor breaks the cycle of domestic violence by: prevention through education, intervention through safe shelter, and transformation through support.
- Dothan Education Foundation — a nonprofit devoted to working with Dothan (Ala.) City Schools to strengthen student achievement and build community support.
- YW8 inc. — a group that serves the schools and community of southern Oklahoma, near Michelin's Ardmore facility, empowering teens to plan for a healthy tomorrow by choosing healthy behaviors today. This mission is fulfilled by educating the youth in area schools on how to avoid high-risk behaviors, how to make healthy decisions, and how to set goals for a bright and productive future.
- Metropolitan Arts Council — a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and growing cultural arts in Greenville County, S.C., enabling a strong, well-supported community of artists and arts providers, encouraging arts advocacy, connecting the arts to peoples' lives and supporting regional tourism by enhancing Greenville as a cultural destination.
- Community Transportation Network — an effective and dependable transportation alternative in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Ind. The organization's goal is to provide full access to community resources through friendly transportation service for seniors, persons with disabilities, children, youth and the agencies that support them.
- Esther House of Stanly County — a group of experienced professionals, survivors and volunteers located near Michelin's Norwood, N.C., facility, who work together to provide victims of domestic violence/sexual assault and human trafficking safe shelter along with the resources and support they need to begin their journey to take back their lives.