Southwest PGA donates to local Ronald McDonald House Charities


Southwest Section PGA professionals played 72 holes in one day and raised more than $45,000 during the SWPGA Birdies For Good event to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona and the Southwest PGA Foundation.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona received a check for nearly $23,000 during a presentation this month. The tournament was played at The Short Course at Mountain Shadows in the Town of Paradise Valley in December.

“We are overwhelmed to be the recipient of this incredible donation to support the families we serve every day,” RMHC-CNAZ Chief Executive Officer Kerry Schulman said in a prepared statement.

“Every penny will ensure that our families have a safe, warm, welcoming and comfortable place to stay at a time when their only focus should be on their child.”

Every year, RMHC-CNAZ provides a home-away-from-home for over 1,000 families with children needing medical attention, according to a press release. Since opening the first House in 1985, families have made more than 53,000 visits.

“The Southwest PGA Foundation is extremely proud to support the efforts of Ronald McDonald House Charities through the game of golf,” Michael Miller, CEO of the Southwest PGA Foundation, said in a prepared statement.

“The mission of our foundation is to utilize the game and our member PGA professionals to give back to the communities we serve. The care and comfort that Ronald McDonald House Charities provide every day to children and families at a very difficult time in their lives is just one way we are proud to help make an impact.”

RMHC-CNAZ operates houses at 501 E. Roanoke Ave. near St. Joseph’s Hospital; on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital; and on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa. In total, there are 78 rooms at the three houses and the average length of stay is seven nights.

Families at Ronald McDonald Houses stay in private rooms, have access to laundry facilities, large community kitchens and pantries, dining rooms, family rooms, indoor and outdoor play areas, on-site libraries and free Wi-Fi.

Volunteer groups donate food and prepare nightly meals for families who also get physical and emotional support from others experiencing similar challenges.