Amy and I are blessed to be associated with the following charities. We are focused on providing medical needs, education and nutrition for America's youth. Junior golf is also something we support since it molded my career.
PGA Tour Wives
PGA TOUR Wives Association, Inc. is a Florida not-for-profit corporation organized to render support and provide assistance to needy children and their families through the means of charitable events. The Association was incorporated in 1988 by wives of professional golfers on the PGA TOUR. PGA TOUR tournaments are major fundraisers for charities, and the wives recognized that they were in a unique position to be an effective source of funds and support for these charities and the children they benefit. Since inception, the Association has expanded its membership to include Nationwide Tour wives, significant others of PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour members, and individuals and companies who support the Associations’ charitable endeavors. The PGA TOUR Wives Association has given back to our golfing communities through personal time and monetary contributions to child related charities. In addition to fundraising, members participate in Volunteer Service Projects, performing a myriad of services ranging from Habitat builds to cooking in soup kitchens to playing with hospitalized children in communities where tournaments are held.
KLOVE is a radio station whose slogan is positive, encouraging KLOVE. Their mission is to create compelling media that inspires and encourages you to have a meaningful relationship with Christ. My family enjoys KLOVE largely by listening to the music and inspiring stories on the radio (94.3 FM in Elmhurst), which can be heard in many U.S. cities or online anywhere. We also use its website to help us in our journey as parents, spouses, friends and followers of Jesus Christ.
Blessings in a Backpack
Blessings in a Backpack is a results-oriented program. This unique program is designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federal free and reduced meal program, and may not have any or enough food on the weekends. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.
$80 feeds a child in the program for an entire school year. Following a donation, a school is chosen and a local grocer partners with the program to provide food for meals in the backpacks. Every Friday, students receive their backpacks with staples that require little to no preparation. They return with their backpacks on Monday ready to learn.
Blessings in a Backpack (BIB) is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 18,500 children in 16 states. The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. We are feeding the future of America, one school at a time.
The First Tee
The First Tee is a international youth development initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that is supported by the leading organizations in golf. The First Tee of Chicago is one of nearly 200 hundred chapters dedicated to teaching life skills and character education through the game of golf.
Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation
The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship, renewable for up to four years. Most Evans Scholars also live in a campus Scholarship House with other Evans Scholars attending that university.
The Evans Scholarship Program is supported by tens of thousands of contributors across the country. Over 860 Evans Scholars are currently attending college at 19 universities. As of fall 2009, Alumni graduates total over 8,800.
Amy and Mark Wilson Delta Gamma Lectureship in Values and Ethics
Starting in 2009, we partnered with Delta Gamma Fraternity (Amy’s sorority) and Indiana University (Amy’s alma mater) to bring a lectureship series to the students, faculty and community of Bloomington, Indiana. The goal of the lectureship series is to bring visionaries in their respective field to share lessons learned, journeys, and inspiration with the college campus.
Whenever Amy reminisces on her college experience, the first thing that comes to mind is the learning opportunities that were available to her. We wanted to make sure that incredible learning opportunities were always available for those linked to Indiana University. Please consider helping us raise funds to ensure the long term stability of the lectureship series.
Gifts are tax deductible and can be made to:
Indiana University Foundation
PO Box 500
Bloomington, IN 47402
**PLEASE include “Amy and Mark Wilson Delta Gamma Lectureship” in the memo line in order for the gift to be applied to the lectureship series.
The MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc., is a charitable organization formed in 1976 to support research into the effective treatment and cure of childhood cancer and blood disorders. Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in children after the newborn period. Professional athletes, community-minded business people, corporations, fraternal organizations, local celebrities and individual volunteers are the lifeblood of the MACC Fund and work with our staff to organize various special events and promotions throughout the calendar year. Each fundraiser is based on the concept of ‘a good time for a good cause.’ Support comes from many different areas including athletic and social events, special purchase and cause-related marketing programs, and planned giving. However, there is one common goal – to provide “Hope Through Research to Children with Cancer.”