Two Grants from the Walmart Foundation to Local Boys & Girls Clubs Announced Today as Part of LPGA Week in NWA

Gifts Announced as Walmart Kids Center presented by DOVE Opens on the Course

Two grants  from the Walmart Foundation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton County and Fayetteville, totaling more than $360,000, were announced today by officials representing the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, and the Walmart Foundation.

The grants   were announced as part of the official opening of the tournament’s Kids Center near the 17th and 18thholes on the Pinnacle Country Club course.  Sponsored by Walmart and Unilever, the Kids Center is an air-conditioned facility on the course where parents can bring their children for games and other activities.  The Kids Center is free and open to general spectators at the tournament, and also provides good viewing of the golf on several holes.

The Walmart Foundation’s $221,687 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County will support the Club’s “Health Starts Here” program.  This program supports nutrition education for families and children who attend the club.

The Foundation grant to the Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club is for $138,880, and it will support one-year scholarships to provide opportunities for families and children in need in the Fayetteville to participate in Club programs.

In addition to the Walmart Foundation contributions, Unilever and the tournament presented a total of $15,000 to the two Boys & Girls Clubs.

“The overall mission of our event is to help improve the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas, so these gifts and our other charitable contributions during tournament week will further support and grow our mission,” said Jay Allen, tournament chairman.

Added Karen Stuckey, Board President of the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County, “Providing nutrition and healthy eating options for our children is an important priority for us. We are thankful for this grant from the Walmart Foundation, which will help us reach more than 1,900 children and their families, providing them with information and instruction on the importance of healthy eating habits, and even how to grow healthy foods on their own.”

Said Edward Hurley, Board President of the Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club, “We are extremely grateful to the Walmart Foundation for their support of the membership scholarship program. This vital program gives low income families, children, adults and seniors the opportunity to participate in the wide variety of recreational opportunities offered at our facility and will help nearly 2,000 individuals become more physically active this year.  We sincerely appreciate the Walmart Foundation’s dedication to improving the lives of families, especially those living in economically disadvantaged situations.”

“The Boys & Girls Club of Benton County and Fayetteville are systematically improving our region’s ability to support families and children,” said Gayatri Agnew, Director at the Walmart Foundation. “We hope these grants help them develop the programs and tools to sustain their work into the future, for the benefit of children in our community.”

Other charities in Northwest Arkansas will receive contributions this week in connection with the tournament, according to Allen, including the ALS Association of Arkansas, the Mercy Foundation of Northwest Arkansas and the NWA Food Bank.

The first round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G will kick off on Friday morning at 7:15am at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

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