John Deere Classic, Centraide’s partner for the collection of children’s books; half-price entry that day for participating fans

The John Deere Classic, in partnership with United Way’s Read United QC initiative, will host a book drive on Wednesday of tournament week (June 29.) Any fan who brings a new children’s book to the front door main will receive half-price admission for the day, a press release says.

Tickets will be reduced to $10 from the normal $20 to watch Wednesday’s Pro-Am and enjoy the pre-tournament atmosphere, including Youth Day festivities, culminating in a clinic for youth hosted by PGA Tour players Cameron Champ and Wesley Bryant. Youth 15 and under are admitted free all week.

“We are thrilled to join United Way and use the John Deere Classic to support its Read United initiative to promote literacy in the Quad Cities,” said Clair Peterson, Executive Director of the John Deere Classic Tournament. “It’s just another way to use the tournament as a vehicle to produce positive results for the community.”

Rene Gellerman, President and CEO of United Way Quad Cities, said the John Deere Classic is once again raising the bar as a community leader by partnering with the Read United initiative which helps struggling readers acquire the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

“John Deere Classic and its successful Birdies for Charity program have long helped Quad Citizens bring opportunity to our neighbors who need it most,” Gellerman said. “We celebrate this partnership and applaud the John Deere Classic for helping to bring out the best in our neighbors, supporting students in Quad Cities, and enabling more Quad Citizens to be empowered to succeed.”

The John Deere Classic, which includes Birdies for Charity, is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization located at the John Deere Classic Tournament offices at 15623 Coaltown Road, East Moline, Illinois. Since its inception in 1971, the tournament has raised $145.66 million for charity, 98% of which has been raised since John Deere assumed title sponsorship in 1998.

United Way is a community-based social change organization that provides opportunity for all Quad Citizens. Together with our determined partners, volunteers, advocates and donors, we are leading the charge to improve education, incomes and health – the building blocks of opportunity. The result is an engaged community where every Quad Citizen lives their best possible life. Learn more about unitedwayqc.org.

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