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Detroit Non-Profits Benefit From Inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic $1.2M

DETROIT (AP) — More than $900,000 is being given to groups in Detroit through the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic PGA Tour event held last year in the city.


Rocket Mortgage Classic - Final Round
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JUNE 30: Nate Lashley and caddie Ricky Romano celebrate after winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Country Club on June 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


The disbursements will allow organizations to help city residents by increasing programs and enhancing neighborhoods, according to The Rocket Giving Fund which manages the event at the Detroit Golf Club.

The donations include $225,000 to Midnight Golf which helps under-served youth transition from high school to college and into professional careers. Another $200,000 was given to the Detroit Children's Fund which works to improve schools and education.

The Greater Palmer Park Community -- seven neighborhoods around the Detroit Golf Club -- will receive $150,000 for area improvements.


Rocket Mortgage Classic - Round Two
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JUNE 28: Rickie Fowler signs autographs for fans after round two of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Country Club on June 28, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


"The Rocket Mortgage Classic gives us the opportunity to highlight the city we call home," said Rocket Giving Fund Chair and Quicken Loans Chief Executive Jay Farner. "We are especially proud of how the tournament is a vehicle to engage and benefit many local organizations and their ability to impact the residents of Detroit."

Another $310,000 will go to Birdies for Charity and other nonprofits. The Rocket Mortgage Classic's Birdies for Charity program supports more than 170 verified nonprofit organizations.

The second Rocket Mortgage Classic is scheduled May 25-31 at the golf club in Palmer Park.


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