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The #ALSIceBucketChallenge is in full swing across Facebook and Twitter, and the ClubCorp family of clubs can’t get enough! Especially since ALS is a cause that is close to our company’s heart.

Each year, the ClubCorp Charity Classic opens the doors of our private clubs to help those in need. Members, family and friends alike give, golf and dine during our nationwide, one-day charity event, donating more than $10 million since the Classic began in 2007.

The proceeds are divided between each Club’s local charity of choice, ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation (E.P.C.F.) which helps Employee Partners of ClubCorp's family of clubs in need of financial assistance in times of crisis and Augie’s Quest, an organization determined to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Since its inception in 2006, Augie's Quest has raised more than $36 million in donations to support ALS research. Its founder, Augie Nieto, was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 and since then, Augie and his family have worked with the ALS Therapy Development Institute towards effective treatments and cures.

So how can you help? Besides accepting the #ALSIceBucketChallenge and raising awareness along with making a charitable donation, become a part of your Club’s Charity Classic event! Visit classic.als.net to learn more and find upcoming Charity Classic events.

Do a lot of good. Have a lot of fun. Sign up for your Home Club's Charity Classic today!

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Congratulations to the staff at Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, California! The club raised a record-breaking $200,000 during its 2014 ClubCorp Charity Classic events weekend, topping the previous company record – set by Aliso Viejo in 2013 – by more than $40,000. 

More than 110 attended the June 6 dinner and gala with live and silent auctions while 144 participated in the June 7 golf tournament and an additional 60 enjoyed an outdoor concert on the greens by Retrograde.

Attending the dinner and gala were Augie Nieto, founder of Augie’s Quest and chairman of the board of directors at ALS TDI, and his wife, Lynn; Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp president and CEO; and Beau and Brandi Bianchi, owners of Bianchi Vineyards. During the event, attendees got the opportunity to bid on a variety of auction items, including wine tastings and packages, golf getaways and trips to Italy and Nicaragua. 

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Among those participating in the golf tournament was Brian Smith, CEO and president of Signature Control Systems – title sponsor of the event – playing in a foursome with Kim Goldenstein, who hit a hole-in-one on the par-3, 155-yard No. 5 hole. Other attendees included Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and Heather Smith, vice president of QURE Water

“I am so excited and proud that Aliso Viejo has, again, set a company record raising funds during this year’s Charity Classic, which benefits three worthwhile and deserving charities,” said Matt Zuckerman, Aliso Viejo general manager. “This year’s events were amazing and are a testament to the generosity and hard work of our members, the club’s staff and the community.”
Congratulations again to Matt and his entire staff, who dedicated hundreds of hours of their time to make the event such a success.

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Eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro and Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith’s extreme talent doesn't end on the football field – he’s taking fundraising to the next level and raising money for underprivileged youth.

Smith and his wife, Pat, created the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities to “offer kids education and experiences that broaden their opportunities for success.” To help raise funds for their organization, the Smiths host seven qualifying golf tournaments around the country, evaluating a team’s “fundraising skills [and]…golf ability.” At the end of the qualifying rounds, “the highest fundraising team and the best golfers from each tournament will be invited to the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational” in Dallas in May 2014. 

The Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge kicked off last month at The Clubs of Kingwood, and is now headed to Austin, TX. The Hills of Lakeway welcomes the Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge on March 3, 2014.

We look forward to the next qualifying round in Austin, as well as future qualifiers!

Tampa Palms Country Club — March 12, 2014

Queen’s Harbor Yacht & Country Club — March 17, 2014

Bear’s Best Atlanta — March 25, 2014

Las Colinas Country Club — March 31, 2014

Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club — April 14, 2014 

(Quote and logo courtesy of emmittsmithgolfchallenge.com)

From January 1st  to today, 2013 has been a great year for ClubCorp! For our final blog post of the year, we wanted to highlight 13 great events that happened this past year.  

1) Cherry Valley Country Club, Oak Tree Country Club and Chantilly National Golf & Country Club were added to the ClubCorp family.

2) The first major of the LPGA Tour in 2013, The Kraft Nabisco Championship, was held at Mission Hills Country Club

3) Las Colinas Country Club hosted President George W. Bush’s Warrior Open.

4) The Carolina Club opened their doors to University of North Carolina students who were on campus on Thanksgiving.

5) Matt Ginella journeyed to Vista Vallarta Club de Golf to showcase the club in his Golf Channel show Morning Drive.

6) Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club hosted a record-setting Charity Classic event by raising roughly $167,000.

7) Avid Golfer magazine recognized 12 ClubCorp clubs in its "2013 Best of The Private Clubs" list: Stonebriar Country Club, Gleneagles Country Club, Timarron Country Club, Las Colinas Country Club, Stonebridge Ranch Country Club, Trophy Club Country Club, Brookhaven Country Club, Hackberry Creek Country Club, Canyon Creek Country Club, Walnut Creek Country Club, Oakmont Country Club and Shady Valley Golf Club.

8) Gainey Ranch Golf Club raised more than $110,000 for the Yarnell community and the Granite Mountain HotShots to benefit the families of the fallen.

9) Tiger Woods claimed his 8th Bridgestone victory at Firestone Country Club.

10) Santiago “Jimmy” De La Cruz, executive chef at the Club at Cimarron, was named "2013 Chef of the Year" by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Texas Chef Association.

11) Oak Tree Country Club’s team won the Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic.

12) ClubCorp CEO Eric Affeldt shaved his head to raise awareness and funds for the St. Baldricks Foundation and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

13) Brookhaven Country Club’s Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic at age 19.

See you next year! 

Emmitt Smith, eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro and Hall of Famer is at it again…but this time off the football field! Emmitt and his wife Pat care deeply about underprivileged kids' futures, which led them to create the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities “which offer kids education and experiences that broaden their opportunities for success.”

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To help raise awareness and funds for their organization, the Smiths will host seven qualifying golf tournaments around the country, evaluating a team’s “fundraising skills[and]…golf ability.” At the end of the qualifying rounds, “the highest fundraising team and the best golfers from each tournament will be invited to the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational” in Dallas in May. 

ClubCorp is a proud sponsor of The Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge, and will host the seven qualifying rounds on the following dates:

-        The Clubs of Kingwood — January 20, 2014

-        The Hills of Lakeway — March 3, 2014

-        Tampa Palms Country Club — March 12, 2014

-        Queen’s Harbor Yacht & Country Club — March 17, 2014

-        Bear’s Best Atlanta — March 25, 2014

-        Las Colinas Country Club — March 31, 2014

-        Haile Plantation — April 14, 2014 

(Quotes courtesy of www.emmittsmithgolfchallenge.com)

You may be familiar with our Charity Classic events annually hosted by our Clubs. These events are great opportunities to rally the Clubs' communities for a weekend filled with activities such as golf and tennis tournaments, lunches and dinners, festivals, games, and much more. All proceeds go to MDA's Augies Quest, Employee Partners Care Foundation, and one charity chosen by the Club.

On October 14, Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in California hosted a record-setting Charity Classic event by raising roughly $167,000! More than 170 members and guests participated in the lunch and golf activities which included hole-in-one and putting contests. The afternoon activities were followed by dinner and live and silent auctions. Coto de Caza's third charity of choice was Never Ever Give Up (NEGU), a global childhood cancer foundation. 

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From left to right: Member and guests, Stacy and Erik of NEGU, Dave Johnson of Regal Wine

Thank you so much to the Clubs and participants of all Charity Classic events for making a difference your community and changing the lives of people everywhere. If you haven't already, check out the Charity Classic page for an event happening near you.

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We can't all sit around and wait for the world to become a better place for our children.
Some of us need to be brave, stand up and do something about it.

Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp's President and CEO, is one of these people; and on March 30, 2013 he is taking a stand and shaving his head to raise awareness and funds for The St. Baldricks Foundation and The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

"Whenever I hear about a child suffering, it absolutely breaks my heart. Many times it’s easy to feel helpless in these situations, but this year I’m going to do something about it — and I need your support to make a difference. So how can you help? I’m glad you asked....
On March 30, I’m saying good-bye to my hair to raise $100,000 for both of these great causes. If bald is beautiful, getting my head shaved to help these brave children who are fighting for their lives should be extraordinary!" said Eric.

Visit Eric's blog to read more and donate to these great causes!
http://ericaffeldt.wordpress.com

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Although the game didn't end favorably for Dallas, Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas was able to represent the metroplex during the halftime show at the February 24, 2013 Mavericks game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Staff members from Hackberry Creek and ClubCorp President and CEO Eric Affeldt were invited out on the court to present a check for $10,545 to Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban who accepted the donation on behalf of The Dallas Mavericks Foundation.

The donation was made possible by the Club’s 2012 Charity Classic event, which raised more than $35,000 during two sold-out golf events, a tennis tournament, a fun run family day and a silent auction awards dinner featuring Mavericks guard Roddy Beaubois, Mavericks cheerleaders, Mavs Maniaacs, and play-by-play announcer Mark Followill.

The Dallas Mavericks Foundation assists young people through programs stressing the importance of education, good health and other skills crucial to their future success.

Even though ClubCorp Charity Classic season is coming to a close, its’ positive impact continues year-round.

Thank you again to everyone who helped make this year our best year yet!

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Car shows are usually and traditionally held on the the hot asphalt.

But some rules were made to be broken, especially for a worthy cause, and Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club in Gainesville, Fla. has succeeded in breaking the mould two years in a row for its’ annual Hot Rodding for Heroes charity event.

Roughly 7,000 people came out to the Club for the two-day show on Feb. 15-16, 2013 which featured 750 classic cars, a police helicopter and even parachutists jumping out of World War II era planes.

On Friday, the event kicked off with a charity golf tournament in the morning and a classic family carnival in the evening under the lights with cars, food and drinks.

Then, on Saturday, the real fun started with a classic car 30-mile police-escorted drive through Alachua County, Fla., which started out at Santa Fe College and ended at the Club.
Participants were then able to walk around the Haile Village Center and golf course to view all the classic cars, watch the air show and enjoy live music, food and drink with their family and friends.

The annual event focuses on “turning a passion for cars into local support for our nation’s heroes” by raising funds for veteran support organizations - last year for the The Fisher House Foundation, and this year for The Veterans Bridge Scholarship Fund.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible!

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