JDC raises record $12.27 million for 521 charities

Birdies for Charity ranks among top three in charitable giving on PGA Tour

Tournament officials announced Monday that the 2017 John Deere Classic helped raise a record $12.27 million for 521 local and regional charities that participated in the Birdies for Charity Program, ranking it among the top three in charitable giving on the PGA Tour.

The 2017 total exceeds by more than $1.73 million the previous record of $10.54 million set just last year, tournament officials said Friday at a news conference at John Deere World Headquarters. The overall total includes a 10 percent bonus to all charities on amounts pledged and collected on their behalf up to $1 million.

"Everyone associated with the John Deere Classic is extremely proud and appreciative of the individual donors, companies, and family foundations that stepped up to make this year's charitable contribution by far the largest in tournament history," said John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson.

John Deere Classic officials also gave away a two-year lease on a Lexus NX – courtesy of Lexus of the Quad Cities – to one of six finalists who guessed the exact number of birdies recorded this year – 1,918.  Each of the six received a key, and the person whose key started the car won it.

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