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John Deere Classic "Birdies For Charity" Begins

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The John Deere Classic is still a few months away but tournament organizers have kicked off the Birdies For Charity program for this year.

It's an effort to raise donations for nearly five hundred area charities. People pledge a minimum of one cent per birdie made during the tournament and the charities get the donation.

"What's made it successful is the unique nature of the Quad Cities," said Clair Peterson, JDC Tournament Director. "These organizations work hard on their own behalf. It's a grassroots campaign. There are very generous people in town that give to more than one organization."

"We receive no government money at all so its significant," said Claudia Robinson, CEO of Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities. 'If we receive $20,000, we're gonna operate for a while on that and more people we can take care of."

Last year's tournament generated $6.3-million for charities.

 

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