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Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett named PGA TOUR Champions Charity of the Year

December 20, 2017

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – PGA TOUR Champions announced that Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett, one of the benefitting charities of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, has been named the 2017 PGA TOUR Champions Charity of the Year.

“We could not be more excited or appreciative of this great honor,” said Susie Collat, vice-chair of Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett. “The generous spirit of the greater metro Atlanta area showcased itself during the 2017 Mitsubishi Electric Classic and we are extremely proud to be a part of such an impactful event in our community. On behalf of the students, families and staff at Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett, we are overwhelmingly thankful for the generosity of PGA TOUR Champions and the dedication of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. This kind of commitment will help Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett continue to deliver on our IF WE BUILD IT, THEY WILL GROW campaign.”

Based in suburban Atlanta, the Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett provides educational and therapeutic services for children with special needs and mental disabilities. Its mission is for all children to reach their God-given potential with their language and motor skills as well as growing socially and academically. During tournament week in 2017, the Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett provided volunteers that passed out gift bags to fans at the entrance.

By being named the Charity of the Year, PGA TOUR Champions will donate $30,000, which will help meet the goal of the Phase Two construction of a new building that will begin to increase the school’s capacity from 55 to 200 students.

“I’m pleased to present the PGA TOUR Champions Charity of the Year Award to the Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett,” said PGA TOUR Champions Presidents Greg McLaughlin. “This award is a testament to the school’s tremendous impact on children in the Atlanta area, and it speaks to Mitsubishi Electric’s commitment to growing the charitable footprint of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.”

“The Mitsubishi Electric Classic is proud of its focus on charitable giving in greater metro Atlanta,” said Tournament Director Monte Ortel. “Charity has been a driving force for the Mitsubishi Electric Classic from its beginning and is a primary initiative of the PGA TOUR. To be recognized by PGA TOUR Champions as the Charity of the Year is a great honor for our tournament, but more important is the positive impact the Tour’s $30,000 donation will have on Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett and the marvelous work they are doing in our community.”

At the 2017 Mitsubishi Electric Classic, Stephen Ames won for the first time and became the third Canadian to win on PGA TOUR Champions, carding a tournament-record 15-under total to win by four strokes over Bernhard Langer. With the win, Ames became the 11th player to win on the Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions. In all, he had seven top-10s during the 2017 season and he finished 18th in the final Charles Schwab Cup standings.

The Mitsubishi Electric Classic will again be played at TPC Sugarloaf the week of April 13-15, 2018. For more information on PGA TOUR Champions, please visit PGATOUR.COM.

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