Birdies for Charity brings in $12.5 million

The John Deere Classic’s Birdies for Charity program brought in more than $12.5 million this year, JDC officials announced Monday.

During a presentation at the John Deere Pavilion, Moline, Clair Peterson, JDC executive director said the organization will also provide an 8% bonus to all 470 participating charities.

Mr. Peterson also thanked fans, corporate partners and local family foundations for their ongoing support for the charity program.

The $12.56 million raised through Birdies this year — the third-largest donation amount in tournament history —  amounts to $33.49 for each resident in the Quad Cities. This, again, makes the John Deere Classic tops in per capita contributions on the regular PGA tour.

The tournament resumed in 2021 after it was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic. Even without the 2020 tournament, the Birdies fundraiser brought in $12.2 million with 5% of donations matched. 

The 2022 JDC is scheduled for June 27 to July 3.

Since 1971, the Quad Cities golf tournament has raised more than $145 million for charity. John Deere has been the event’s title sponsor since 1999.

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