The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is expanding partnerships with diverse-owned businesses by offering a sponsor exemption aimed at bringing diversity to the tournament.
“The Meijer LPGA Classic is such an important event in our community and to us as a company,” said Tim Williams, VP of diversity and inclusion. “While the tournament has always represented a major investment in a wide variety of local businesses, this year we wanted to be especially intentional about offering an experience that represents our community and inclusive culture.”
Throughout the tournament week – June 16-19 at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Michigan – Meijer will collaborate with local, diverse-owned food and beverage restaurants and vendors to supply new experiences.
Local, diverse-owned restaurants and businesses that will be featured in Grand Taste Concessions or the tournament’s new J. Brewer’s premium culinary experience, include:
- The Candied Yam;
- MeXo Bar and Restaurant;
- Bangkok Taste;
- Soldadera Coffee;
- Rani Indian Catering;
- Pochis Sweet Designs;
- Adobo Boy;
- 412 Distillery;
- Juju Bird;
- City Built Brewing Company;
- Stock Da Bar; and
- Burzurk Brewing.
Additionally, the Meijer LPGA Classic is providing a sponsor exemption to ensure greater representation on the course. The winner of the 2022 John Shippen National Women’s Golf Invitational, Sadena Parks of Hollywood, Florida, will receive an exemption into the Meijer LPGA Classic. Named for the first Black professional golfer in the United States, the tournament is focused on expanding opportunities for Black golfers.
“Supporting the women’s division of The John Shippen National Golf Invitational aligns with our ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts aimed at empowering underrepresented groups in our own communities,” said Cathy Cooper, executive director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We’re pleased to extend an exemption into the Meijer LPGA Classic to [Parks] and see her back at Blythefield less than two weeks after her win to play alongside the best women golfers in the world.”
The 2022 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest.
For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to purchase tickets, visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.
Tickets are also available at the customer service desks of all Michigan Meijer stores.
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