About Northern Ohio Golf Charities
NOGC Board MembersSandy Becker-Neidert - 2017 Tournament Volunteer Chairman
Barb Cassell - President
Jim Eckelberry - Vice President
Beth Kartarius - Secretary
Chuck Abraham - Treasurer
Glenda Buchanan, Administrator
Foundation Board MembersRick Burke - President
Brian J. Moore - Vice President
Joyce Lagios - Secretary
Pam Williams - Treasurer
C. Allen Nichols
Northern Ohio Golf Charities began its life as Akron Golf Charities. This organization was started by a group of golf enthusiasts as a way to give local golf fans a behind the scenes look at the PGA TOUR event at Firestone Country Club while also helping other important organizations in their own community. The money and time donated by our volunteers has provided the funding for over $26 million of grants to organizations throughout Northeast Ohio.
Now in its sixth decade, Northern Ohio Golf Charities continues its mission with the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational. Every year over 1,100 long-time participants and new volunteers of all ages come together for a week of fun, friendship, and excitement right in the heart of the action. Working in many capacities, donating their time and talent to help run the golf tournament, our volunteers take a great deal of pride in hosting this world-class event. They have also found that the tournament is a unique family activity, as well as a great way to make new friends with similar interests.
In return for the work of our volunteers, all ticket and hospitality sales revenue comes back from the PGA TOUR to fund our Foundation grants.
About Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation
Northern Ohio Golf Foundation is an associated organization that distributes grants from the funds collected by the Northern Ohio Golf Charities. Each year these grants total nearly $1 million.
Among the many recipients are Akron Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, American Red Cross, Golden Age Centers of Cleveland, Regional Food Banks of both Akron-Canton and Cleveland, the Metroparks Serving Summit County and The First Tee in Akron, Canton and Cleveland.