13th Annual Paul W. Smith Golf Classic Reaches Out to Help More Young People Through Detroit PAL Programs

  • Paul W. Smith Golf Classic announces 13th Annual event August 8, 2016 and launches Paul's PALS to support additional youth in Detroit PAL programs
  • Detroit Auto Dealers Association announces a $25,000 summer match for Paul's PALS donations
  • The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic is the largest fundraiser for Detroit PAL and has raised nearly $5M net to date and supports 12,000 PAL participants annually

DETROIT, June 1, 2016 – The 13th annual Paul W. Smith Golf Classic serves to make the anniversary a lucky occasion by helping more Detroit youth than ever before to take advantage of the athletic and leadership programs of Detroit PAL with proceeds from the annual fundraising event.

The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic is the largest fundraiser for Detroit PAL with funds raised supporting a variety of programs and accounting for nearly 20 percent of its operating income. The event, which has raised nearly $5 million net to date, is considered one of the most successful fundraisers of its kind in Michigan. The golf outing is funded through corporate sponsorship and sells out the spaces on the scoreboard each year.

"It is a true honor to help the good people at Detroit PAL, who continue each year to increase the number of young people taking part in their athletic and leadership programs,” Paul W. Smith said. “We wish everyone could take part in these transformative opportunities. Kids who participate in PAL programs graduate at a rate four times higher and that's just one of many benefits."

Since the inception of the Paul W. Smith Golf Classic in 2004, Detroit PAL has increased the number of youth it has been able to serve annually from 8,000 to more than 12,000 and increased the number of girls participating. The Paul's PALs component is designed to further increase the number of those served.

The success of the event and the amount of funding it provides Detroit PAL is due to the generosity of the sponsors. Returning in 2016 is the Title Sponsor News/Talk 760 WJR. Presenting Sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, DTE Energy Foundation, FCA Foundation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales, USA.

This year, the Paul W. Smith Golf Classic is proud to announce the Detroit Auto Dealers Association's Summer Match Drive for Paul's PALs. In the new Match Drive, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association will match $25,000 in donations in advance of the August 8 Golf Classic. “The tireless work that Detroit PAL does is phenomenal and the DADA takes great pride in being able to help them with their mission of enriching the lives of young children,” said Rod Alberts, executive director, Detroit Auto Dealers Association.

Individuals can now participate in the Paul W. Smith Golf Classic by becoming a Paul's PAL online. Starting at a $100 donation, one contributor can provide one season of activities for one Detroit PAL youth; and for a $250 donation, enroll them in PAL programs for an entire year. For more information on levels and benefits, please visit: www.paulwsmithgolf.com, under Paul's PALs.

The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic holds a special distinction because of the personal commitment and continuous support of event Chairman Paul W. Smith, host of "The Paul W. Smith Show.” The radio program is heard weekday mornings from 5:30-9 a.m. on Cumulus Media's News/Talk 760 WJR. With Mr. Smith are his colleagues: Ann Thomas, Smith’s Executive Producer, and Tom O'Brien, Vice President/Market Manager.

The 13th Annual Paul W. Smith Golf Classic, a summer showcase of corporate and community support for Detroit youth, takes place on August 8, 2016 at the Detroit Golf Club. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available. For a list of sponsors and more information, visit www.paulwsmithgolf.com.

The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic was founded to benefit Detroit PAL, formerly known as the Detroit Police Athletic League. Each year, since its founding in 2004, the Paul W. Smith Golf Classic has hosted a sold-out crowd at the historic Detroit Golf Club. The event features a double-shotgun tournament on one of the most beautiful courses and historic golf clubs in the nation, followed by a buffet dinner and an awards ceremony. The Paul W. Smith Show is broadcast live from the Detroit Golf Club on the day of the event.

About The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic

The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic is the single largest annual fundraiser for Detroit PAL. Now celebrating its 13th year, the tournament has raised nearly $5 million net since 2004. Since the tournament’s inception, Paul W. Smith, legendary radio personality and talk show host from News/Talk 760 WJR, has championed the event, serving as a dedicated event chair and sponsor solicitor. Corporate and community support includes Title Sponsor, Cumulus Media's News/Talk 760 WJR; and include Presenting Sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, DTE Energy Foundation, FCA Foundation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales, USA. For more information, and to view a complete list of sponsors, visit www.paulwsmithgolf.com.

About Detroit PAL

Detroit PAL is a nonprofit organization positively impacting the lives of nearly 12,000 children each year through athletic, academic and leadership development programs with roots dating back to 1969. Detroit PAL empowers the community by training volunteer coaches and creating safe places for kids to play. Each year, Detroit PAL teaches nearly 1,700 caring community members how to be encouraging and effective mentors to the youth of the City of Detroit.

Contact:
Melissa Bunker
Campbell Marketing
313.886.9074
mbunker@campbellmarketing.com