Following its Ronald McDonald House Celebrity Golf Tournament last week, ACN Inc. has announced that the fifth annual competition raised record funds for the charity’s local chapter.
The telecommunications and energy provider hosted more than 140 golfers at this year’s event, held May 18 at North Carolina’s Trump National Golf Club. The lineup of celebrity captains included sports stars such as Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano, Charlotte Hornets player Gerald Henderson, and former NFL player Donnie Shell.
Presenting sponsor Dish Network and 75 corporate sponsors helped to raise $287,560 for Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, located near ACN’s Concord, North Carolina, headquarters. Contributions from last year’s tournament totaled $228,000.
“We are so fortunate to have the support of ACN! We always have a blast at the events they host for us throughout the year, but the best thing about them is that they are focused on the families we serve,” said Mona Johnson-Gibson, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
The houses are a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured children, providing home-cooked meals and a place to stay as they focus on their child’s health. Since ACN named Ronald McDonald House its global charity in 2008, the company has raised millions for the Charlotte chapter, largely by collecting contributions during ACN’s quarterly training events.
Earlier this year, the company announced a new partnership with Feeding America, called Project Feeding Kids. Feeding America supports a network of food banks and feeds more than 12 million children a year through initiatives like the BackPack Program, the School Pantry Program and the Child Hunger Corps. ACN is providing one meal every time someone signs up for an ACN service, and another meal every time a customer pays their monthly bill for those services.