Forest Preserve Foundation Holds Inaugural Conservation Cup Golf Outing On September 13 To Benefit Children's Programming In Cook County's Forest Preserves
(CHICAGO, IL) - Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and legendary golfer Billy Casper will tee off the inaugural Conservation Cup Golf Outing sponsored by the Forest Preserve Foundation on Thursday, September 13, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the George Dunne National Golf Course in Oak Forest, IL.
The Cup will raise funds to expand educational and outdoor adventure activities for disadvantaged children in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, the first and largest forest preserve system in the U.S. The $300 per player or $1,000 per team entry fee includes green and cart fees, lunch, on-course prizes, dinner, drinks, and silent and live auctions.
President Preckwinkle and Casper will deliver opening remarks before the 1 p.m. shotgun start, and Casper will offer tips to golfers, sign autographs and take photos. Both will attend the awards dinner.
"We're ecstatic Billy Casper will be at George Dunne for this inaugural event," President Preckwinkle stated. "I've always believed that the Forest Preserves are the gem of Cook County, and we are committed to enabling at least 2,000 more children to experience the natural treasure right in their own backyard., This tournament, and the ongoing support of the Forest Preserve Foundation, will make it possible to realize this goal."
"I always enjoy returning to the Chicago area," says Casper, a member of the PGA and World Golf Hall of Fame. The Masters and two-time U.S. Open champion has 51 PGA TOUR victories and is a four-time champion of the Western Open in Chicago. "An initiative such as this that helps young people experience nature first-hand deserves our support.
For information about playing in the tournament, call 312.256.3303 or go to www.forestpreservefoundation.org/conservationcup
About George Dunne National Golf Course
Located in southwest suburban Oak Forest, IL, George W. Dunne National is one of ten public golf courses owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. It is a critically-acclaimed 18-hole, par-72, 7,262-yard golf course. The layout presents unique features of bent grass fairways and greens with experienced golfers and novices alike enjoying challenging terrain. Recognized as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, the eight lakes which come into play on 11 holes, tree-lined fairways and an abundance of wildlife enhance golfers' experiences. For more information about George W. Dunne: www.forestpreservegolf.com, 708.429.6886.
About the Forest Preserve Foundation
The Forest Preserve Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization that supports the mission, programs and initiatives of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to fully restore and protect native habitats and to connect all residents of Cook County, especially the children, to our wonderful natural surroundings. For more information about the Foundation: www.forestpreservefoundation.org, 312.256.3303.
About Billy Casper Golf
BCG is the largest domestic owner-operator of golf course, country clubs and resorts, with more than 130 properties under its turnkey management. The company helps public-agency and private owners, developers and investors realize favorable returns on investments. Founded more than 20 years ago in cooperation with golf legend Billy Casper and headquartered in Vienna, VA, regional offices are strategically convenient to courses' locales.
A division of BCG, Buffalo Communications is the leading global golf-lifestyle public relations, branding, marketing-communications, graphics and strategic services firm. Client-partners include the LPGA, PGA National Resort & Spa, Sea Pines Resort, Ballybunion Golf Club (Ireland), Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Sun Valley Resort and Mission Hills Resort (China), Fila Golf, ECCO and Club Glove.
For more information: www.billycaspergolf.com
About Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Established in 1914, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is the oldest and largest forest preserve system in the nation, maintaining more than 68,000 acres of open land for the education, pleasure and recreation of the public. The District strives to protect and restore the county's diverse ecosystems, so all our unique native plants and animals can live and thrive. Each year, more than 40 million people use these lands and facilities to enjoy or study nature, bicycle, hike, fish, cross-country ski, picnic, golf, canoe, or simply relax in a large preserve that leaves urban life behind. For more information on the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, visit www.fpdcc.com.