STA Education Foundation Partners with Charleston Area Non-Profits

June 18, 2009

Local Charities will Benefit from Golf Championship Ticket Sales

CHARLESTON, SC – June 18, 2009 – The Student Transportation of America (STA) Education Foundation, Host Organization for the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island, announced that to date more than 30 Charleston-area groups have registered to participate in TICKETS Fore CHARITY(TM), an innovative program that invites local non-profit 501c3 organizations and service clubs to sell tickets to this year’s Nationwide Tour Championship tournament and retain 100 percent of the proceeds on ticket sales.

The Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island, offering a $1 million purse as it concludes season-long competition to identify the 25 players who earn PGA TOUR cards for the following season based on the Tour’s final money list, is scheduled for October 22 – 25, 2009 at the Daniel Island Club in Charleston, SC.

STA’s business is all about helping kids and our Foundation was created to help fund the higher education opportunities they deserve. This program takes our commitment further to include local charities, said Denis J. Gallagher, chairman of the STA Education Foundation, STA CEO and a Daniel Island resident. Our association with The Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island allows us to expand the reach of the Foundation helping a large number of non-profits that support children and families throughout the Greater Charleston area. We encourage the public to contact one of these local organizations and purchase their tickets as a show of support. They’ll not only be helping a worthy community organization benefit from the sales but they’ll also enjoy watching top-flight championship golf on beautiful Daniel Island as players vie for their PGA cards.

Among the organizations already registered to participate in the program are the East Cooper Community Outreach, The First Tee of Greater Charleston, Coastal Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America, The American Cancer Society, Daniel Island Rotary Club Foundation, and Boys and Girls Clubs of the Trident Area. The STA Education Foundation strongly encourages local Elks, Lions and other service clubs to sign up as well. (See end of release for a full list of organizations and contact numbers.)

The Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island TICKETS Fore CHARITY(TM) initiative is closely modeled after the highly successful Albertson’s Boise Open TICKETS Fore CHARITY(TM) program, which has raised more than $2.4 million for Boise charities since 2001.

The success of this premier golf tournament is built on community support, so we feel that the best way to give back to the Charleston area is through direct charitable donation of 100 percent of the ticket proceeds each charity sells, said Kevin Canning, tournament director for the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island. With the potent combination of world-class golf and our TICKETS Fore CHARITY(TM) partner organizations’ word-of-mouth marketing, we’re confident this event will raise significant funds for a great number of worthy organizations throughout the Lowcountry. We thank the STA Education Foundation for agreeing to include local charities as part of the fundraising efforts.

Interested charitable organizations in the area are still encouraged to participate. To register, please call Margaret Shaw at (843) 849-3154 or e-mail [email protected]. Charities are required to provide 501c3 documentation.

Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island tickets can be purchased as a weekly pass for $30, at a weekly group rate for 10 people for $200, and daily tickets will be available for $10 at the venue during the tournament. Weekly passes will be available beginning June 1st via approved charities participating in the TICKETS Fore CHARITY(TM) program, at, and at the Family Circle Tennis Center ticket office, located at 161 Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In addition to the local charities benefiting from direct ticket sales, Gallagher said proceeds of the event also will help the STA Education Foundation extend new college scholarship dollars to deserving high school students in the Greater Charleston area.

The following charities are registered to participate in the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island TICKETS Fore CHARITY(TM) program. For list updates visit

  Charleston Breast Center                                                    843-266-4917
  Goose Creek Rainbow Assembly # 39 &
  Palmetto Demolay Assoc.                                                 843-797-7659
  Pet Helpers                                                                         843-795-1110 x 11
  Coastal Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America      843-763-0305
  East Cooper Community Outreach                              843-849-9220
  East Cooper Habitat for Humanity                                843-881-2600 x202
  The Charleston Catholic School                                  843-577-4494
  Rural Mission, Inc                                                          843-725-9698
  Charleston Trident Home Builders Assoc.                 843-572-1414
  Daniel Island Rotary Foundation                                     843-224-2306
  Junior Achievement                                                          843-708-2406
  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society                       &
nbsp;             843-881-8176
  Boys & Girls Clubs of the Trident Area                          843-937-6523
  National Kidney Foundation                                          843-799-3870
  The First Tee of Greater Charleston                             843-352-4513
  Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC                                843-266-5217
  Communities in Schools                                              843-740-6793
  COK-SM 8th Grade Fund                                               843-881-5465
  Pointe North Church                                                         843-746-2113
  Cannon Street YMCA                                                      843-577-9622
  Florence Crittenton Programs of SC                          843-722-7526
  American Cancer Society                                             843-744-1922
  Montessori Community School of Charleston           843-225-5549
  Newspapers in Education                                             843-937-4831
  Buist Academy Foundation                                               843-856-1820
  Camp Happy Days                                                         843-571-4336
  Cainhoy Athletic Soccer Club                                        843-654-2771


The Student Transportation of America Education Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Student Transportation of America (STA), the fourth largest provider of school bus transportation services in North America. The STA Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity that focuses the experience of the company and the talents of more than 6,000 employees on advancing educational opportunities available to the students it transports daily in more than 200 school districts in 10 U.S. states and Ontario, Canada. Since its creation in 2003, the Foundation has raised nearly $100,000 and awarded more than 40 scholarships to students who demonstrate academic achievement, community service and leadership. Learn more about STA and its commitment to the community at


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