Palm Beach Gardens, FL - PNC Bank, one of the nation's largest diversified financial services organizations, will be the presenting sponsor of the annual Honda Classic 5K, a recreational run around the back nine of The Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa.
The 2015 edition of the race will be run January 17, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. along the cart paths of the course which is the home to The Honda Classic, one of the premier events each year on the PGA TOUR. The event is a continuation of The Honda's efforts to stage a year-round series of diversified events which impact the Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast and South Florida communities.
All net proceeds from The Honda Classic 5K presented by PNC Bank will continue to benefit Seagull Services, which for 35 years has provided educational, residential and work programs for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. Seagull’s programs include a public charter high school (Seagull Academy for Independent Living); an adult vocational program (Seagull Achievement Center of the Palm Beaches); and two adult residential programs (Seagull Place and Seagull Ranch).
"We couldn't be more excited than we are to be partnering with a prestigious organization such as PNC Bank to grow the impact of The Honda Classic 5K from both participatory and charitable standpoints," said Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly. "Runners throughout the area look forward to the run around the beautiful back nine of our tournament course and the event has made an impactful contribution to the efforts at Seagull Services."
With more than 200 branches throughout Florida, PNC has a long history of partnering with local organizations that help build a solid foundation for the future of the region where its employees, clients and community partners live and work. The bank also believes in the power of fun and engaging programs like the Honda Classic 5K to cultivate a thriving community by emphasizing the importance of developing the next generation of healthy and fit young people.
“By supporting young men and women in their pursuit of physical endurance, we help to broaden their opportunities for social and athletic mobility, while supporting the cultural vitality of this region," said PNC Bank Regional President Cressman Bronson. “We consider the Honda Classic 5K and Seagull Services to be community assets well worth PNC’s commitment. The race not only reinforces the Honda Classic’s significant investment in young people, but teaches them about the importance of staying active, while having fun.”
The Honda Classic 5K was conceived by Gerard Conforti, Seagull Services Board President, and Kennerly. The two met when their sons were playing junior golf together. Kennerly recruited Conforti to work with The Honda Classic and Conforti became impressed with how much the tournament was concerned about giving back to the community.
When Conforti’s daughter began running 5Ks, he suggested to Seagull that a race might be a new way to raise funds. He then approached Kennerly about doing the event in conjunction with The Honda Classic.
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