Golf pros and business leaders raise over $200,000 for Portland youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2019. Portland, OR –  On Wednesday, June 12, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area hosted their annual golf tournament at Langdon Farms Golf Club in record-breaking heat. Together with business leaders and the return of historic golf pros, the first annual Daimler Trucks North America Driving Our Future Golf Classic raised over $200,000 to benefit youth across the Portland Metro.

Daimler Trucks North America employees played the morning. “It’s important to us to support the youth in our communities. Boys & Girls Clubs have great programs that support leadership skills and the education of our youth, which will benefit all of us in the future,” said Annette Navarro, Corporate Giving and Volunteering. Daimler brought along a movie star to the tournament – Optimus Prime, the truck featured in the Transformers movies. 

During the afternoon, local business leaders played in foursomes and enthusiastically competed in games on the course, including a cornhole competition with Boys & Girls Clubs teen members, a Putting Contest, and a Hole-In-One Competition with the chance to win a brand new Mercedes-Benz.  

Moving forward, inspired by our history

Foursomes teamed up with historic golf pros. Notable names included Jerry Mowlds, Past Director of the PGA of America; Fred Haney, a repeat winner of the past Boys Clubs Chapman Tournament back in the 70s; Brent Murray, PGA golf professional for 28 years and previous Chapman Tournament winner; and Scott Krieger, head PGA pro at Broadmoor Golf Course for 27 years, who caddied for his father and went on to play in the tournament. All of them were excited to see the return of pros and to support youth in our community. Haney said of his return and the 97 degree weather, “Hot day or whatever, it doesn’t matter. I’m glad we got to help the Boys & Girls Clubs.” 

Long time Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Board member, Erik Krieger, chaired the golf committee with a vision of improving the tournament and returning to its rich Pro Am roots. Pat Cooney, a long time friend of Erik’s and member of this year’s golf committee, said, “Golf is a sport that teaches a lot about humility, getting along, sportsmanship. You know, all the things that matter in life. And so we see this as something we need to create that’s sustainable and long term.”  

Optimus Prime, movie star truck owned by Daimler Trucks North America
Three golfers gaze out at course against a blue sky with scenic clouds, one points with club

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area (BGCP) has been serving youth, ages six to 18, since 1946. Clubs are located in under-served communities and are uniquely equipped to provide enrichment programs while empowering youth with a sense of belonging and security. BGCP operates six facilities throughout the metropolitan area, along with four school sites in partnership with the North Clackamas and Reynolds School Districts. Learn more at bgcportland.org.

About Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. It manufactures, sells, and services commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.