12 Dec PGA TOUR Launches Large-scale Military Ticketing Platform with Support from Quicken Loans
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Military tickets to more than 30 PGA TOUR tournaments accessible via one centralized ticket hub in 2015
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.-December 12, 2014– Underscoring its support for the Birdies for the Brave® military outreach initiative, the PGA TOUR, with support from Quicken Loans, today announced the launch of a comprehensive, integrated platform that will enable military members across the U.S. to access complimentary or discounted tournament tickets.
Beginning with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, the Birdies for the Brave Military Ticket Program proudly supported by Quicken Loans will enable active duty and Reserve military members, military retirees and their dependents to visit birdiesforthebrave.sheerid.com to obtain complimentary admission to 30 PGA TOUR tournaments in 2015. Discounted or in some cases complimentary tickets to many tournaments will also be available to non-retired veterans. Military members and veterans simply log onto the site and have their military status verified by SheerID on a complimentary basis thanks to Quicken Loans. Qualified military guests can then download military ticket vouchers that must be presented at the tournament gate along with a Department of Defense-issued ID or photo ID for admission.
“Our new military ticketing platform will build upon the PGA TOUR’s long-standing tradition of offering military tickets by making it easier and more accessible for military guests to obtain tickets to multiple tournaments across the PGA TOUR from one centralized hub,” said PGA TOUR Co-Chief Operating Officer and former Naval officer Charlie Zink. “The Military Ticket Program proudly supported by Quicken Loans is just one way we express our gratitude to those who put their lives on the line every day to keep America safe and free.”
Quicken Loans Vice President of Marketing and Sponsorships Art Steiber echoed those sentiments, saying, “We are proud of our role as the nation’s largest Veterans Affairs mortgage provider and we clearly understand and appreciate the sacrifices made by our military, as well as the unique demands and sacrifices that are placed on our American heroes. Quicken Loans has a strong tradition of honoring our brave servicemen and women and we’re thankful that we can support a program that provides them with access to world-class golf and all of the other activities taking place at PGA TOUR tournaments around the country.”
Named by the White House among the top 20 charities in the U.S. that support military families, Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach initiative dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the courageous members of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families. For more information, visit www.birdiesforthebrave.org or follow them on Facebook. To obtain military tickets, please visit birdiesforthebrave.sheerid.com.
About Quicken Loans
Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s second largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed a record $80 billion of volume across all 50 states in 2013. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among with Primary Mortgage Origination” in the United States by J.D. Power for the past five consecutive years (2010-2014), and highest in customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers in 2014.
Quicken Loans was named among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the last 11 consecutive years, ranking #5 in 2014. It has been recognized as one of Computerworld magazine’s ’100 Best Places to Work in IT’ the past ten years, ranking No. 1 in 2014, 2013, 2007, 2006 and 2005. The company moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, and now more than 10,000 of its nearly 12,000 team members work in the city’s urban core. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit QuickenLoans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/QuickenLoans.
About the PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $133 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR’s all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.
The PGA TOUR’s website is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
About Birdies for the Brave®
Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR. Birdies for the Brave was originally created in 2006 by PGA TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, to support combat-wounded veterans. The PGA TOUR subsequently adopted Birdies for the Brave and expanded it to include a variety of military outreach initiatives, including military appreciation activities during PGA TOUR tournaments and a series Birdies for the Brave fundraising events conducted at the TOUR’s TPC clubs nationwide – an effort that has raised more than $13 million for 11 military homefront groups that are supported by TOUR players, which provide critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of wounded warriors and military families. For more information, please visit www.birdiesforthebrave.org or follow them on Facebook.
Chris Smith, PGA TOUR
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