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John Deere Launches 2013 Birdies For Charity

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A popular summer event that draws thousands of visitors and international attention is giving the community a boost once again this year.

Organizers for the John Deere Classic golf tournament announced on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, the results of their Birdies For Charity program, which raised $6.7 million in 2012.

Before the tournament, area charities collect pledges.

During the PGA tournament in Silvis, Ill., spectators can guess the number of birdies shot during the 4 day event and possibly win a 2013 Chevy Equinox, donated by area Chevy dealers.

But the real winners at the John Deere Classic are the charities.

At a news conference Tuesday morning at John Deere Commons in Moline, Ill., organizers pointed out that participating charities get more money than was pledged.

"Every organization gets one check from the pledged Birdies For Charity which is 100 percent of the pledged dollars. In addition, they get a second check, which is a bonus from the John Deere Classic revenues and revenue from the Birdies For Charity Fund."

New this year to the program, John Deere will match all donations up to $250,000 made directly by individuals or businesses to the Birdies For Charity Bonus Fund.

Since the John Deere Classic is a non-profit organization, any profit made at the tournament goes straight to the community as a bonus.

Last year's bonus checks were an extra eight percent of what the charities collected and were distributed to around 500 Quad City area charities.