New book donation earns John Deere Classic Pro-Am discount

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United Way of the Quad Cities is joining forces with the John Deere Classic (JDC) to promote youth literacy in the Quad Cities.

United Way’s Read United QC initiative will conduct a book drive on Wednesday, June 29, at the JDC at TPC at Deere Run in Silvis. This will make it where any fan who brings a new children’s book to the main admission gate will receive half-price admission for Wednesday’s Pro-Am Day. The $10 discounted price is good only for that day.  

Upon entering the golf course, patrons will enjoy the pre-tournament atmosphere, which will include Youth Day festivities. The highlight of the day will be a Youth Clinic hosted by PGA Tour players Cameron Champ and Wesley Bryant. Youth age 15 and under are admitted free all week.

“We are very excited to join with the United Way and to use the John Deere Classic to support its Read United initiative to promote literacy in the Quad Cities,” said Clair Peterson, JDC executive tournament director. “It’s just another way of using the tournament as a vehicle to produce positive outcomes for the community.”

Rene Gellerman, the president and CEO of United Way Quad Cities, said the JDC is once again raising the bar as a community leader by partnering on the Read United initiative. The new program, which began earlier this year, helps struggling readers gain the skills they need to succeed in school and life.

“John Deere Classic and its successful Birdies for Charity program have a longstanding record of helping Quad Citizens spread opportunity to our neighbors who need it most,” Ms. Gellerman said. “We celebrate this partnership and applaud the John Deere Classic for helping to bring out the best in our neighbors, support Quad Cities students and allow more Quad Citizens to be empowered to succeed.” 

Since the tournament’s founding in 1971, it has helped raise more than $145.66 million for charity – 98% of which has been raised since John Deere assumed title sponsorship in 1998.

United Way is a community-based social change organization that puts opportunity in the hands of all Quad Citizens. Working with our determined partners, volunteers, advocates, and donors, we lead the charge to improve education, income, and health – the building blocks of opportunity. Learn more at

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