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Alzheimer’s support group named PGA TOUR Charity of the Year

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The PGA TOUR announced Friday in a press release that Memory Matters, a Hilton Head Island charity beneficiary of the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, has been named the 2013 PGA TOUR Charity of the Year.

Memory Matters is a community-based nonprofit organization that strives to be a center of excellence for persons with Alzheimer's disease and all forms of dementia and their families by providing daycare programs, support services and education in a compassionate and dignified manner.

“Congratulations to Memory Matters for being named the PGA TOUR Charity of the Year and to the RBC Heritage for its support of this tremendous organization,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia present many challenges to individuals in our society on a daily basis. Memory Matters has done great things in the Hilton Head Island area and is a worthy recipient of this award.

The award comes with a $30,000 grant from the PGA TOUR to help Memory Matters support the Low Wealth Daycare Assistance Program, which provides free or reduced-fee daycare to families in need.

“Everyone at the RBC Heritage and Heritage Classic Foundation is proud to be associated with a charity like Memory Matters,” said RBC Heritage Tournament Director Steve Wilmot. “They fill an important role on Hilton Head Island by striving to be a center of excellence for persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Each tournament on the PGA TOUR supports important non-profits, so it is a great achievement to be recognized among all the worthy nominees.”

With the addition of a new charitable giving program unveiled before the 2013 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, the Heritage Classic Foundation helped facilitate $2,127,731 in donations to hundreds of South Carolina non-profits, the group reported.

The new program, Heritage Champions Fore Charity, produced $602,500 for groups across South Carolina, according to information supplied in August by the HCF. Each participating nonprofit urged their supporters to make a minimum $1,000 donation and the HCF added 20% to each donation for their selected charity.

The 2014 RBC Heritage will be contested April 14-20 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Graeme McDowell was the 2013 winner of the tournament.

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