Honda Classic 2017: Where does the money go?

Barbara Nicklaus shows off some of her family teddy bears that will be on display with staff in the new Jupiter Medical Center Nicklaus Children's Hospital and De George Pediatric Unit on January 27, 2016.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Barbara Nicklaus shows off some of her family teddy bears that will be on display with staff in the new Jupiter Medical Center Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and De George Pediatric Unit on January 27, 2016. The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation is the primary beneficiary of the Honda Classic. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Children’s charities throughout South Florida feel the benefits of the $3 million the Honda Classic brings long after the week-long tournament comes and goes from Palm Beach Gardens.

Through the Children’s Healthcare Charity, the tournament disperses grants to 50 local organizations. The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation is the primary beneficiary. Others include the Els Center for Excellence in Jupiter, Urban Youth Impact in West Palm Beach, Adopt-a-Family of the Palm Beaches, the YMCA of the Palm Beaches and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

RELATED: The Honda Classic sets a new record raising money for kids’ charities

Adult volunteers from Els for Autism volunteered for this year’s tournament Thursday and Friday, an arrangement organizers hope to expand for next year. Part-time Jupiter resident and pro golfer Ernie Els and Liezl Els, his wife, started the foundation in the spring of 2009 to help children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have other developmental disorders.

READ: Young man from Els for Autism shines as Honda Classic volunteer

When the tournament raised $3.2 million for charity at least year’s event, it set a record for giving for the 10th year in a row. It raised $2.56 million for 44 charities in 2015, despite a heavy downpour and 50-mph winds that canceled a day of play and forced a Monday finish.

Another 90 or so charities receive money from the American Honda Birdies for Children program. In that initiative, people donate to charity for a chance to guess the number of birdies in the tournament. In exchange, they can win a brand new Honda.

RELATED: Vibrant colors, TVs, Xboxes at Jupiter Med Center’s new children’s unit

Reader Comments 0

0 comments