Local Charities to Receive $1.5 Million as a Result of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer
The 2020 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Jersey Shore coastline, brought the biggest names on the LPGA Tour to the famed Bay Course at Seaview, A Dolce Hotel in Galloway, New Jersey. The tournament took place from Oct. 1-4 and generated $1.5 million in grants for dozens of local nonprofits.
“We were delighted to once again host this great event in 2020,” said ShopRite spokesperson Karen Meleta. “Considering the extraordinary circumstances we all find ourselves in this year, our golf tournament will have an even greater impact on the organizations we support. We are incredibly proud to donate $1.5 million in grants to groups that are on the front lines in fighting hunger, supporting families and conducting important research and treatment to help those struggling with life-threatening illnesses.”
Charitable and nonprofit organizations that are receiving grants include, but are not limited to: Alzheimer's New Jersey, Embrace Kids Foundation, Special Olympics New Jersey, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Goodwill Delaware & Delaware County, St. Barnabas Medical Center Foundation, Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Kessler Foundation and the Val Skinner Foundation.
“We are extremely proud to be associated with ShopRite's support of our region," said Tim Erensen, managing partner at Eiger Marketing Group, which owns the event. “We want to thank ShopRite for their charitable donations and for everything they did to help make this event a true highlight on the LPGA tour calendar.”
Mel Reid won this year’s event at 19 under par, finishing two strokes ahead of runner up Jennifer Kupcho. In her victory, Reid joins LPGA greats Lexi Thompson, Annie Park, Anna Nordqvist and Stacy Lewis who have previously taken home the champion’s trophy. New Jersey’s own Megha Ganne – a high school student in Holmdel – also competed in the tournament. Megha is a former New Jersey State Golf Association Junior Girls champion, and qualified and competed in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open.
The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is supported by more than 450 companies. The 120-player field competed over four rounds for a total purse of $1.3 million. The tournament was televised live on the Golf Channel.