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ClubCorp and MDA Swing Into the Millions for More Than 100 Charities

DALLAS, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- ClubCorp, The World Leader in Private Clubs, announced today that it is hosting the third annual ClubCorp Charity Classic in partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). This event is the world's largest multi-site charity golf and dining event, with participating clubs teeing up across the country from California to New York.

In the past two years, the ClubCorp Charity Classic has raised more than $3 million from participating members and guests who have numbered more than 20,000 annually. This year, over 120 of ClubCorp's private country clubs, golf clubs, business clubs and sports clubs will open their hearts and doors with the single-year goal of hosting over 25,000 participants and raising over $3 million. Events will include activities such as golf tournaments on over 2,000 holes of golf, tennis tournaments, culinary demonstrations, and silent auctions all designed to enable participants to enjoy time with friends and family while raising funds and increasing awareness for participating charities.

"I'm grateful to ClubCorp for continuing this tradition for the third consecutive year," said Augie Nieto, who along with his wife, Lynne, co-chairs MDA's ALS Division. "The ClubCorp executive team, staff and members are all making a huge difference in the fight against ALS. We are closer than ever to a cure, and we thank ClubCorp for its dedication and continued support."

"In a time when people might expect us to cut back on hosting charity events, we are leveraging the momentum we have gained from the previous two years to reach for a much higher level of giving," stated Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp's president and CEO. "For many charities, a down-turn in the economy often coincides with a downturn in charitable giving. Since the needs of our charity partners have not declined, ClubCorp is excited to raise our fundraising targets this year in support of these important initiatives. This commitment is directly inline with our organization's mission of building relationships and enriching lives and we could not be more excited to enter our third year."

Funds raised from the 2009 ClubCorp Charity Classic will benefit Augie's Quest, MDA's ALS research initiative; ClubCorp's Employee Partners Care Foundation and over 100 local nonprofit groups selected individually by participating clubs.

For more information please visit the ClubCorp Charity Classic Web site at:

About ClubCorp

Dallas-based ClubCorp, Inc. is The World Leader in Private Clubs. Since its founding in 1957, ClubCorp has operated with a central purpose: to build relationships and enrich the lives of its members. Today, ClubCorp stands as the preeminent owner and operator of private clubs; boasting a membership roster in excess of 400,000 across a network of over 150 golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs and resorts. The ClubCorp portfolio includes distinguished properties, such as Firestone Country Club, Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Mission Hills Country Club, Capital Club Beijing, Metropolitan Club Chicago and the Aspen Glen Club. Beyond a collection of properties, ClubCorp is a community of members supported by a team of over 16,000 dedicated employee partners committed to creating exceptional experiences that last a lifetime. For more information, visit (

About MDA

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. MDA also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. MDA is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and is classified as a publicly supported organization under Section 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors. For more information, visit ( (

About Augie's Quest

Fitness pioneer Augie Nieto started Augie's Quest in conjunction with MDA's ALS Division after his ALS diagnosis in March 2005. Nieto is co-founder and former president of Life Fitness, and chairman of Octane Fitness. Augie's Quest is an aggressive, cure-driven effort singularly focused on treatments and cures for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. For more information, visit (

About Employee Partners Care Foundation

Employee Partners Care Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) fund established to help Employee Partners and their families in need of financial assistance in times of crisis. Funds for the Employee Partners Care Foundation come from Employee Partner donations as well as private donations, all of which are tax-deductible. Since its foundation in 2007, the E.P.C.F. has raised over $650,000 and aided over 300 Employee Partners and their families. For more information, visit (

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