Nearly 150 golfers teed up for ACN’s Ronald McDonald House Celebrity Golf Tournament held May 5 at Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville, N.C. The fourth annual event, presented by DISH Network, raised more than $228,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in ACN’s hometown of Charlotte.
Looking to partner with a charity that helps families with children, ACN began supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2008. The houses offer a home-away-from-home to the families of seriously ill or injured children, providing home-cooked meals and a place to stay as they focus on their child’s health.
Through its Global Reach Charities, ACN has made a point of contributing to local efforts like the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Giving back to the community is essential to the company’s identity and civic philosophy, says ACN President and Co-Founder Greg Provenzano. “It’s never been about the recognition or the positive press, as those things don’t matter,” he told DSN in an email. “What matters most is being part of something bigger than ourselves, and if we can pay it forward to just one individual, then our efforts have been more than worthwhile.”
The company paid it forward in a big way at this year’s tournament, where celebrity captains included business magnate Eric Trump, Gerald Henderson of the Charlotte Bobcats and NASCAR’s Greg Biffle. Although ACN sponsors over 50 other charitable events each year, none involves more effort or reward than the celebrity golf tournament. “Focusing on this event allows us to put forth the effort it takes to get the big results,” said Provenzano. “Being able to hand the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte a check for over $220,000 at the end of a one-day tournament is an incredible feeling.”