By: Christine Souders
The John Deere Classic is not only a competitive tournament, but a competitive fundraiser, and you can get in on the action by helping "Birdies for Charity".
Every birdie made during the John Deere Classic counts towards a charitable donation to nearly 500 local non-profits.
Good scores on the course means the real winners are Quad City Area organizations.
"We really consider the charitable part of the tournament really our most important activity," said Kristy Ketcham-Jackson, Birdies for Charity Director.
Every time a golfer makes a birdie, meaning one shot under par, a little more money is handed over to charity.
Last year the fundraiser collected $6.8 million dollars, and organizers said they're hoping this tournament is even better.
"This year, the John Deere Foundation has generously agreed to match donations to the birdies for charity bonus fund dollar for dollar."
Betsy Pratt with the American Red Cross said the pledges really make a huge impact.
"Dollars through birdies for charity helps to make sure that we have the volunteers trained that will be there, and we have the financial resources to help that family," said Pratt.
And to local charities that makes a birdie feel more like a hole in one.
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