Over 130 golfers and celebrities were on hand for the 2012 Ronald McDonald Celebrity Golf Tournament on May 12, 2012 at the Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte, NC. The event, sponsored by ACN Global Charities raised $187,520 for the local Ronald McDonald House Chapter, exceeding last year’s gift by more than $10,000. Among the celebrities — who served as team captains — were former NBA point guard Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, Charlotte Bobcats player Matt Carroll, former NFL cornerback Steven Israel, and former two-time Pro Bowl NFL wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, among others. Mick Mixon, the Voice of the Carolina Panthers, emceed the event.
It was a day of forgiving fairways and camaraderie. A day of reaching out to others and giving for a cause. ACN Global Reach Charities brought together celebrities and big donations for the 2011 Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte Celebrity Golf Tournament. Foursomes joked over errant shots with their celebrity team captains and learned more about ACN’s involvement with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The newly built Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte – a home away from home for families with sick children – opened in May. With the House now able to accept families, the funds raised by the tournament help defray the operating costs of the facility. With 100% of the proceeds donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, the event raised more than $162,000 for the House, with additional money raised through a silent auction.
The annual golf tournament has been made possible by donations to ACN Global Reach Charities by ACN, Inc. As the primary donor to ACN Global Reach Charities, ACN, Inc. has long been a supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the construction of the House in Charlotte. The organization became ACN’s global charity in 2008, as ACN began collecting donations for a local Ronald McDonald House Chapter during every International Training Event. ACN’s efforts in its hometown have helped Charlotte transform from the only major U.S. city without a House to having a premier facility for families to stay in.
For the participants, sponsors and volunteers who have been involved in the event, the tournament was a great success – for both the golfers who played and the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.