Area agriculture producers, processors and industry businesses gathered to raise over $117,000 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities Inland Northwest (RMHC), a record-breaking year for the Ag World Golf Classic hosted by: Simplot, Lamb Weston, McCain, Potato Growers of Washington, and Ag World Support Systems.
The charity golf tournament took place on June 8th at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, WA and June 10th at The Links at Moses Pointe in Moses Lake, WA. This first year in both Kennewick and Moses Lake was a great success. Through the generosity of the 93 Sponsors/Donors and 251 golfers it was another incredible year of giving to the House.
It was Founder Warren Henninger’s vision to expand to two locations as the golf course was maxing out year over year. He had hoped that all who wanted to participate would be able to join. “It was an incredible two days as we continued to honor Dad’s (Warren) legacy and carry on the tradition of giving to the House. We are grateful for the ag industry’s generosity and the great spirit about the day that made these two events successful!” (Melanie Finch, Warren’s daughter and the Chief Marketing Officer at Ag World).
Not only did the Golf Classic generously raise funds, it continues to be a special way of honoring the Founder of the Ag World Golf Classic and Ag World Support Systems, Warren Henninger, who passed away last year. “Dad (Warren) cast a big shadow and impacted many people during his life. We are blessed to carry on his legacy through the Ag World Golf Classic. Dad’s definitely smiling down from heaven.”, said Bryan Henninger (Warren’s oldest son and President of Ag World). Many wonderful memories were shared of Warren as golfers had a chance to remember him together with the Ag World team and the Henninger family. The Ag World Golf Classic was born out of a vision Warren had to support families whose children are experiencing a medical crisis and need a place to stay while their child receives care.
Event day golfers, sponsors, and supporters at Canyon Lakes Golf Course, Kennewick, WA.
Event day golfers, sponsors, and supporters at The Links at Moses Pointe, Moses Lake, WA
The Ag World Golf Classic has donated more than $638,000 over the past 8 years to the RMHC. This tournament is part of Ag World Support System’s campaign to make a difference in the community by supporting the Ronald McDonald House's mission to strengthen local families and promote children’s health.
The tournament format included a shotgun start with an 18-hole scramble which includes food, drinks, and giveaways along the course, as well as a foodtruck, all generously provided by hole hosts: JMC Enterprises, Cherry Creek Radio, Summit Funding, Vive, Ronald McDonald House, Liphatech Inc., Agro Scout, CentiMark, Columbia Laboratories, and Assured Partners.
To help encourage golfers to give, the Ag World Golf Classic had an online auction again this year. It was a great success with prizes ranging from a night at the Couer d’Alene Resort to StorOx 2.0 potato sprout inhibitor for growers - with donations by The Couer d’Alene Resort, The Coeur d’Alene Casino, The Davenport Hotel, M&M Consulting, Assured Partners, Bud Clary Ford/Honda of Moses Lake, and Agri-Stor Northwest.
Bob McLean, Development Director of the RMHC in Spokane, Washington said, “What a blessing the Henninger family and the Ag World Golf Classic have been and continue to be to the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of the Inland Northwest. We could not do what we do for the families we serve without the generosity of great companies and individuals like Ag World and families like the Henningers that believe so strongly in our mission. We cannot thank them enough for their continued support of the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of the Inland Northwest.”
The excitement of the tournament’s success still lingers in the minds of those who worked tirelessly to see this event happen. Judy Henninger - Warren’s wife, Ag World Ambassador & Chaplain, and co-founder of the Ag World Golf Classic said, “God blessed the tournament again this year with amazing weather, attendance and generous participation! We are thankful for our hosts, sponsors, donors, many golfers and supporters who made this event such a huge success. Ag World is honored to support this worthy cause!”
Next year’s events are set for June 14, 2022 at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, WA and June 16, 2022 at the Links at Moses Pointe in Moses Lake, WA. Mark your calendars and join us at one or both locations! AgWorldGolf.com. To God Be The Glory!”