Michelle Wie wrote -
Alright here's the deal: I have become the official ambassador of the Hawaii Junior Golf Association (HSJGA) Tournament of Champions. It's an annual event that gathers top talents in Hawaii junior golf to the beautiful Wailea Resort in Maui to battle it out for the coveted Tournament of Champions title. I won it myself in 2002 (10 years ago!!!) when I was 12 years old... except I won the 15-18 age group! HSJGA and I go way back to when I was just a kid who loved to hit the ball a long way. They gave me the opportunity to develop my game and competitive drive in an open, nurturing environment - they really made it possible for me to take my game to the next level. This is my chance to give back to the organization and help the young golfers in Hawaii grow in this game that's given me so much.
Purpose of the event: The Michelle Wie Tournament of Champions will be a fundraiser for the HSJGA, and the funds will go towards tournament operation costs (24 tournaments in 2012!), new tournament development, and Hawaii youth golf development in general. $30,000 is the goal but above and beyond is what I always strive for!
My part: I will not just be nagging you all to donate your money. To kick things off, I will match EVERY DOLLAR of the first $10,000! Each of the donors included in this first $10,000 will get a shout-out on Twitter (I'm @themichellewie so be sure to tag me!). I will also be hosting an exhibition clinic on Saturday of the event week and be the keynote speaker (eek!) at the end-of-year banquet for the juniors.
Not done yet...
First donor to give $3000 or more: Come join us in Maui for the TOC weekend! You and 1 friend will get: 1. One round of golf at Wailea Emerald Course 2. Banquet dinner with the juniors, me, and other HSJGA supporters, 3. My 3-hole exihbition clinic 4. Private lunch with me and other sponsors (limit 30) after clinic. (Does not include airfare or accommodation)
SPECIAL GIFT FOR TOP DONOR: If at the end of this fundraising campaign (Dec 14, 2012), you are the TOP DONOR (highest $ donated), I will send you my custom-designed Kia staff bag. The bag's design(please see pic) comes from my own painting and I will autograph the bag for you (if you'd like!).
Thank you and I hope I have lots of friends out there that feel as passionately about growing the game of golf as I do! Every dollar counts!