15th ANNUAL PAUL W. SMITH GOLF CLASSIC RAISES NEARLY $500,000 FOR CHILDRENS CHARITIES

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  • Net proceeds from the 15th Annual Paul W. Smith Golf Classic exceed $470,000
  • The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic has raised nearly $6.5M in net proceeds to date
  • This year three charities benefit from Golf Classic to fund programs reaching 40,000 youth

DETROIT, August 8, 2018 – The 15th annual Paul W. Smith Golf Classic raised just over $470,000 net, bringing the total financial contribution to nearly $6.5M net since 2004. Monies go directly to three charities including Detroit PAL, The Children's Center and Variety the Children’s Charity of Detroit. Monies raised go to support programs that impact 40,000 youth.

The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic, held at the historic Detroit Golf Club, featured a day of golf, camaraderie and dining and was attended by 270 corporate and community representatives. Event proceeds were raised from sponsorships and individual contributions.

"The goal of the tournament since the beginning has always been the check we write and the kids who benefit from it," Paul W. Smith, said. "Each year we are overwhelmed by the commitment and generosity of the corporate community and the many caring individuals who have helped us raise nearly $6.5M in net proceeds."

This year the tournament proceeds went to Detroit PAL as well as two additional charities serving children with vital services, The Children's Center and Variety the Children’s Charity of Detroit. "We saw the impact we were making on the number of children Detroit PAL reached and knew we could extend that reach," added Smith.

The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic is considered one of the region's most productive charity golf outings and is made possible through the support of sponsors. The Title Sponsor each year is News/Talk 760 WJR and Ford Motor Company is Tournament Sponsor. Joining them as Presenting Sponsors were Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, DTE Energy Foundation, General Motors Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales, USA. Other sponsors are listed at www.paulwsmithgolf.com/sponsors.

The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic holds a special distinction because of the personal commitment of event Chairman Paul W. Smith. That commitment extends to his entire family as Smith is joined each year by his wife Kim and their children Adam Smith, Jamie Guisinger, Natalie Guisinger and Sophie Smith.

About The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic
The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic has raised nearly $6.5 million net since 2004. From its 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 Tournament Sponsor Ford Motor Company, Presenting Sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, DTE Energy Foundation, General Motors Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales, USA. For more information, and a complete list of sponsors, visit www.paulwsmithgolf.com.

About Detroit PAL
Detroit PAL is a nonprofit organization positively impacting the lives of over 14,000 children each year through athletics, 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 1,800 caring community members how to be encouraging and effective mentors. For more information, please visit www.detroitpal.org

About The Children's Center 
Since 1929, The Children’s Center has been empowering Greater Detroit children and families to shape their own futures. Annually, more than 7,500 children and families receive evidence-based therapeutic mental and behavioral health services from The Children’s Center. Generous supporters help children and families overcome emotional and intellectual challenges, trauma from abuse, neglect and poverty. Learn more about The Children’s Center's 20+ inter-related services at www.thechildrenscenter.com.

About Variety The Children's Charity of Detroit
Variety is a children’s charity—simply helping kids no matter the need—by providing vital medical and therapeutic services, essential support, and recreational and educational opportunities for children with unique and special needs.  Since 1932, Variety Detroit has been changing the lives of children through core programs to enable more independent childhoods.  With the partnership of a dedicated board of directors, supporters, volunteers and a staff of two, Variety services more than 20,000 children annually.  To learn more, please visit www.variety-detroit.com.