Phil Vassar, Arista Records’ recording artist and songwriter, and Academy of Country Music and ASCAP awards winner, will open the 40th Annual Rockford ProAm on Sunday night, August 14 with a concert and dinner at Giovanni’s Restaurant. Phil’s reign of signature songs include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including “Carlene,” “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Six-Pack Summer,” “That’s When I Love You” and many more. Vassar’s songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he penned hits for Collin Raye (“Little Red Rodeo”), Alan Jackson (“Right on the Money”), Tim McGraw (“For a Little While”), Jo Dee Messina (“Bye Bye,” “I’m Alright”), and BlackHawk (“Postmarked Birmingham”).
The 40th Annual Rockford ProAm will be held on Monday August 15th, 2016 at Rockford Country Club. Entering year 40 as the longest free standing ProAm in the country, the Rockford ProAm has donated over $3 million dollars to various northern Illinois health and human services organizations throughout the years. For 39 years, the event has always achieved its primary goal of bringing an entertaining day of high level professional golf to Rockford and the surrounding communities.
The ProAm traditionally has been held in mid-July and, over the last decade, has been up against the British Open to lure professional golfers to the Tournament. In 2016, the Olympic games in Rio have helped necessitate a one-time change to the PGA Tour schedule that moves our closest event, the John Deere Classic (JDC) in Silvis, IL to a Sunday August 14th finish. A potential benefit of moving the date away from the British Open offers a unique situation which will increase opportunities for the Rockford ProAm to draw from a larger professional golfers pool.
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Local Organizations Benefit from 2016 Rockford ProAm
The beneficiaries of the 40th Annual Rockford ProAm include:
Discovery Center Museum’s Handicap Accessible Picnic Area
ProAm proceeds will be used to landscape, construct and outfit a new picnic area connected to the Museum’s award-winning outdoor science park for children with special needs. Children with special needs benefit greatly from natural spaces, and all children need the opportunity for active play in nature for their health, well-being and overall development.
GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center
ProAm proceeds will be used to secure Crawlers, Walkers, Hop, Skip & Jumpers and volunteer training for its Therapeutic programs, plus supplies, materials and volunteer training for its Literacy/Math programs. Programs at GiGi’s Playhouse provide foundational learning for individuals with Down syndrome in more than 250 families in the region, and address social skills, motor skills, speech and language, reading, math computers and peer interaction.
Rockford MELD Trinity House Shelter and Transitional Living Program
ProAm proceeds will be used to support programs and staff at Rockford MELD’s emergency shelter and transitional living apartments. The organization provides programs and services for young parents and their children, offering support and resources, life and job skills training, parenting information, and emergency shelter and housing.
The First Tee of Greater Rockford/A Program of the Rockford Park District
ProAm proceeds will be used to impact the lives of young people, ages 5-18, by providing educational opportunities that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. The First Tee began as a way to bring golf to kids and teens that otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its positive values.