About Us


Northern Ohio Golf Charities has sponsored professional golf tournaments at Firestone Country Club for over 60 years. Each year the Northern Ohio Golf Foundation distributes nearly $1 million dollars in grants to the community.

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Northern Ohio Golf Charities (NOGC) is the volunteer organization which has helped conduct professional golf tournaments at Firestone Country Club for more than sixty-five years. It began its life as Akron Golf Charities, an organization started by a group of golf enthusiasts as a way to give local golf fans a world class PGA TOUR event, while supporting charitable organizations in our community.  Since 1984, NOGC has helped raise and distribute over 27 million dollars to worthy Northeast Ohio charitable groups.

Working in many capacities, donating their time and talent to help run the tournament, our volunteers take pride in hosting world-class golf events. Each year, over one thousand volunteers come together for a week of fun, friendship, and excitement right in the heart of the action. 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.

If you love golf, and want to help make a big difference in our community, please join our 2019 Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship volunteer team.

NOGC Board Members

John Anderson

2018 Tournament Volunteer Chairman

Barb Cassell

Past President

Jim Eckelberry


Beth Kartarius


Chuck Abraham


Robert Knapp

Tom Kingsbury

Larry Foster

Terry Ginley

Lisa Hilling

Al Keller

Nanci Musci


Organizations We've Helped

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The Beacon Journal Charity Fund Inc.


Community Outreach Resources Exchange


Ears to You, Inc.


Young Challengedom


Akron Regional Development Board