14th Annual Paul W. Smith Golf Classic

August 8, 2017

The 14th Annual Paul W. Smith Golf Classic took place on Monday, August 7 at the Detroit Golf Club. The sold-out event is Detroit PAL’s largest annual fundraiser and has raised more than $5 million for Detroit PAL since 2004. The weather was perfect for a day of golf and fundraising!

Since the tournament’s inception, Paul W. Smith, legendary radio personality and talk show host from News/Talk 760 WJR, has championed the event, serving as a dedicated event chair and sponsor solicitor. Corporate and community support for the event includes title sponsor, News/Talk 760 WJR, tournament sponsor, Ford Motor Company, and presenting sponsors, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, DTE Energy Foundation, FCA Foundation, GM, and Toyota. Additional sponsorships provided by: AAM, Absopure, Barton Malow, Bridgestone, Campbell Marketing and Communications, Dana, Delta, Fox 2 News, Ghafari, Meijer, Star Lincoln, The Diez Group, The Suburban Collection, and UHY, LLP. For more information, and to view a complete list of sponsors, visit the sponsors page.

This year, the tournament raised $506,674 for Detroit PAL’s 13,000 kids! A check was presented to Tim Richey, Detroit PAL CEO, at the dinner and award ceremony. Detroit PAL’s Youth of the Year, Caidon Haliburton, gave a short presentation about what Detroit PAL means to himself and all 13,000 PAL participants. Then, the Detroit PAL cheerleaders from the Rams stole the show as they performed a cheer thanking everyone for coming, and giving a special shout out to the incredible Paul W. Smith for all of his hard work on behalf of Detroit PAL.

Overall, the event was a huge success and we look forward to having everyone back again next year. Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters for making this event a success year after year! Special thanks to Paul W. Smith for being a champion for Detroit PAL kids!

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