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Zach Johnson announces new charity foundation

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Cedar Rapids native and PGA champion Zach Johnson made a big announcement on Monday. The new Zach Johnson Foundation will benefit children in need in the Cedar Rapids area. And he's starting a new pro-am golfing event in Cedar Rapids, to raise money for the new foundation.

"The focus of this foundation is really just to build, nurture and cater to strong families, and help children in need in our community, because there are a lot of children in need," said Johnson at a media conference.

Johnson says he wants to give back to the city that gave him a great start in life.

"This is the community that instilled the values and morals that I still cling to today."

Standing with the kind of kids he hopes will benefit from his new foundation, Johnson said the new Zach Johnson Foundation Classic will start on August 1st of next year. It will be held at the Elmcrest Country Club, where Johnson's golf career began. As of right now, next year's event is the only source of fundraising for the new foundation. However, Johnson says he and foundation board members will be brainstorming in the near future for other avenues.

"As far as other outlets of moneys to come in, we're not going to limit it, and we're certainly going to brainstorm and figure out unique opportunities in that direction."

He hopes to raise $250,000 within the first year of establishing the foundation. It will go to programs like Children of Promise, which pairs mentors with kids who have parents in the Iowa court system. Johnson currently supports Children of Promise through his Birdies That Care program.

"We were incredibly blessed for Zach and Kim to select our program," said Jean Kuehl, who oversees Children of Promise. "It really will put an essential building block under the long-term sustainability of our program."

The Zach Johnson Foundation Classic is planned to be a yearly event.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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