STA Education Foundation partners with Charleston area non-profits

    Local Charities will Benefit from Golf Championship Ticket Sales

    CHARLESTON, SC, June 18 /CNW/ - The Student Transportation of America
(STA) Education Foundation, Host Organization for the Nationwide Tour
Championship at Daniel Island, announced that to date more than 30
Charleston-area groups have registered to participate in TICKETS Fore
CHARITY(TM), an innovative program that invites local non-profit 501c3
organizations and service clubs to sell tickets to this year's Nationwide Tour
Championship tournament and retain 100 percent of the proceeds on ticket
    The Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island, offering a $1 million
purse as it concludes season-long competition to identify the 25 players who
earn PGA TOUR cards for the following season based on the Tour's final money
list, is scheduled for October 22 - 25, 2009 at the Daniel Island Club in
Charleston, SC.
    "STA's business is all about helping kids and our Foundation was created
to help fund the higher education opportunities they deserve. This program
takes our commitment further to include local charities," said Denis J.
Gallagher, chairman of the STA Education Foundation, STA CEO and a Daniel
Island resident. "Our association with The Nationwide Tour Championship at
Daniel Island allows us to expand the reach of the Foundation helping a large
number of non-profits that support children and families throughout the
Greater Charleston area. We encourage the public to contact one of these local
organizations and purchase their tickets as a show of support. They'll not
only be helping a worthy community organization benefit from the sales but
they'll also enjoy watching top-flight championship golf on beautiful Daniel
Island as players vie for their PGA cards."
    Among the organizations already registered to participate in the program
are the East Cooper Community Outreach, The First Tee of Greater Charleston,
Coastal Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America, The American Cancer Society,
Daniel Island Rotary Club Foundation, and Boys and Girls Clubs of the Trident
Area. The STA Education Foundation strongly encourages local Elks, Lions and
other service clubs to sign up as well. (See end of release for a full list of
organizations and contact numbers.)
    The Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island TICKETS Fore
CHARITY(TM) initiative is closely modeled after the highly successful
Albertson's Boise Open TICKETS Fore CHARITY(TM) program, which has raised more
than $2.4 million for Boise charities since 2001.
    "The success of this premier golf tournament is built on community
support, so we feel that the best way to give back to the Charleston area is
through direct charitable donation of 100 percent of the ticket proceeds each
charity sells," said Kevin Canning, tournament director for the Nationwide
Tour Championship at Daniel Island. "With the potent combination of
world-class golf and our TICKETS Fore CHARITY(TM) partner organizations'
word-of-mouth marketing, we're confident this event will raise significant
funds for a great number of worthy organizations throughout the Lowcountry. We
thank the STA Education Foundation for agreeing to include local charities as
part of the fundraising efforts."
    Interested charitable organizations in the area are still encouraged to
participate. To register, please call Margaret Shaw at (843) 849-3154 or
e-mail Charities are required to provide
501c3 documentation.
    Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island tickets can be purchased as
a weekly pass for $30, at a weekly group rate for 10 people for $200, and
daily tickets will be available for $10 at the venue during the tournament.
Weekly passes will be available beginning June 1st via approved charities
participating in the TICKETS Fore CHARITY(TM) program, at, and at the Family Circle Tennis Center ticket
office, located at 161 Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m., Monday through Friday.
    In addition to the local charities benefiting from direct ticket sales,
Gallagher said proceeds of the event also will help the STA Education
Foundation extend new college scholarship dollars to deserving high school
students in the Greater Charleston area.
    The following charities are registered to participate in the Nationwide
Tour Championship at Daniel Island TICKETS Fore CHARITY(TM) program. For list
updates visit

    Charleston Breast Center                            843-266-4917
    Goose Creek Rainbow Assembly No. 39 &
    Palmetto Demolay Assoc.                             843-797-7659
    Pet Helpers                                         843-795-1110 x 11
    Coastal Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America      843-763-0305
    East Cooper Community Outreach                      843-849-9220
    East Cooper Habitat for Humanity                    843-881-2600 x202
    The Charleston Catholic School                      843-577-4494
    Rural Mission, Inc                                  843-725-9698
    Charleston Trident Home Builders Assoc.             843-572-1414
    Daniel Island Rotary Foundation                     843-224-2306
    Junior Achievement                                  843-708-2406
    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society                         843-881-8176
    Boys & Girls Clubs of the Trident Area              843-937-6523
    National Kidney Foundation                          843-799-3870
    The First Tee of Greater Charleston                 843-352-4513
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC                    843-266-5217
    Communities in Schools                              843-740-6793
    COK-SM 8th Grade Fund                               843-881-5465
    Pointe North Church                                 843-746-2113
    Cannon Street YMCA                                  843-577-9622
    Florence Crittenton Programs of SC                  843-722-7526
    American Cancer Society                             843-744-1922
    Montessori Community School of Charleston           843-225-5549
    Newspapers in Education                             843-937-4831
    Buist Academy Foundation                            843-856-1820
    Camp Happy Days                                     843-571-4336
    Cainhoy Athletic Soccer Club                        843-654-2771


    The Student Transportation of America Education Foundation is the
philanthropic arm of Student Transportation of America (STA), the fourth
largest provider of school bus transportation services in North America. The
STA Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity that focuses the
experience of the company and the talents of more than 6,000 employees on
advancing educational opportunities available to the students it transports
daily in more than 200 school districts in 10 U.S. states and Ontario, Canada.
Since its creation in 2003, the Foundation has raised nearly $100,000 and
awarded more than 40 scholarships to students who demonstrate academic
achievement, community service and leadership. Learn more about STA and its
commitment to the community at


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