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Zach Johnson Foundation Classic raise $1 million for area kids

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Organizers say the 2nd Annual Zach Johnson Foundation Classic raised $1 million to help area kids.

The two-day event, which was held in July, is a fundraiser for the Kids on Course program, a pilot project at Van Buren and Harrison Elementary Schools in Cedar Rapids.  The program provides children the opportunity to try many different activities that they may otherwise not have the opportunity to do.

"The mission of Kids on Course is to empower students by nurturing their interests and providing opportunities to foster in them the confidence to realize their academic and individual potential," said Tracey Myers, spokesperson for the Zach Johnson Foundation, in a written statement.

"Access to ample funding allows academic and enrichment opportunities for students, giving them a broadened view of the world and its possibilities for them, strengthening their belief in themselves, and contributing to their achievement," said Ruth White, Director of Kids on Course, in a written statement. "None of this work would be possible without the generosity of Zach and Kim Johnson and the Zach Johnson Foundation, not to mention the community support that led to the success of the second annual Zach Johnson Classic."

The two-day event included a gala on Sunday, July 29, and a Pro-Am tournament at Elmcrest Country Club on Monday, July 30.

"We didn't know what to expect going into our second year," Johnson said in a written statement. "The community really embraced us the first year and as a result of that we raised a good amount of money. We could have never dreamed the second year would be even better than the first. It's truly amazing."

The money raised will allow Kids on Course to add tutoring and family resource rooms to Van Buren and Harrison.

Participants in the Pro-Am tournament included Stewart Cink, Kyle Stanley and Ben Crane from the PGA Tour, Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and local celebrities like coach Tom Davis, former Iowa and NFL player Tim Dwight and head UNI basketball coach Ben Jacobson.

For more information about the Zach Johnson Foundation and Kids on Course, visit www.zachjohnsongolf.com.

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