LPGA tournament raises $850K for hunger relief


Sei Young Kim poses with the championship trophy after winning the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic. Courtesy LPGA

A major golf tournament in the area has raised $850,000 for a retailer's hunger-relief program.

The Meijer LPGA Classic raised the funds for the Meijer Simply Give program during its third-annual tournament.

Sei Young Kim, from South Korea, won the tournament, which ran from June 16-19 at Blythfield Country Club in Belmont, just north of Grand Rapids.

Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said the tournament was "a complete success and will continue improving the quality of life in the Midwest,” due to “the great weather and enthusiastic crowds."

“The difference all of this support has made is tremendous, because this week was about more than just golf," Meijer said. "It was an opportunity for the entire community to enjoy great athletic competition, while supporting a very important cause — feeding the hungry.”

The Simply Give program raises money for food pantries across the Midwest.

This year’s tournament money will be divided among more than 200 food pantry partners.

In the tournament’s three years, it has donated more than $2.1 million to Simply Give, and since Simply Give’s founding in 2008, the program has raised nearly $22 million.

“The Meijer Simply Give program is extremely important to our food pantry, because it helps us to provide healthy and nutritious food to our neighbors,” said Waverly Knight, director, Northwest Food Pantry. “Without the program, our food pantry shelves would be very empty. We thank Meijer for their willingness to have the Simply Give program and the community for their support in helping feed those in need.” 

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