Charity begins on the golf course at the Regions Tradition, and the Parkinson Association of Alabama (PAA) is the one that wins. Board members, Brian Corbett and Mike Rowland accepted a check in the amount of $18,000 on behalf of the PAA from this year's event.
Each year, the Regions Tradition hosts a "Birdies for Charity" program that has awarded millions of dollars to local charities each year. The major championship, which is held at Greystone Golf & Country Club, recruits local charities throughout the Birmingham community who benefit from this fundraising event.
The primary goal of the Regions Tradition "Birdies for Charity" program is for 501(c)(3) organizations to collect donations of at least $20 pledges or a nickel based on the number of birdies made by the PGA Tour Champions players during the Regions Tradition tournament. A "birdie" is a scoring term used by golfers which describes they've scored 1-under par for an individual hole. Organizations keep 100% of their collected donations, and administrative and promotional costs for the program are covered entirely by the Regions Tradition.
After a charity reaches $1,000 in donations, Birdies for Charity guarantees five percent for every dollar raised up to $100,000. The final percentage is determined at the close of the program and is dependent on the amount available in the Matching Funds pool. the top five fundraising charities receive a higher percentage than the guaranteed percentage.
The PAA would like to thank everyone that participated in this event, especially the golfers that made the birdies and the Regions Tradition for hosting, allowing the PAA to continue our work for improving the quality of life for Alabamians living with Parkinson's.