For the first time in the history of the PGA TOUR, a San Diego charity has been chosen as the PGA TOUR Charity of the Year. Monarch School, the recipient of the national distinction, will receive a $30,000 grant from the PGA TOUR and be featured in a PGA TOUR-produced television public service announcement throughout the 2016 PGA TOUR season.
Each PGA TOUR administrative host organization had the opportunity to nominate a charity as well as vote for finalists from among the submissions. The PGA TOUR reviewed all finalists and selected Monarch School, a beneficiary of the Farmers Insurance Open, as the 2015 award recipient.
"Congratulations to Monarch School for being named the PGA TOUR Charity of the Year, and to the Century Club and Farmers Insurance, for their support of the school," said Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR commissioner. "For more than 25 years, Monarch School has embraced and assisted thousands of students impacted by homelessness through a comprehensive program designed for academic achievement, life skills and social and emotional growth."
Located in San Diego's Barrio Logan neighborhood, Monarch School's mission is to educate students impacted by homelessness and to help them develop hope for the future with the necessary skills and experiences for personal success. The school, a unique public-private partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools and the nonprofit Monarch School Project, a 501(c)3 organization, serves 300 students daily and up to 450 each year. It is the only comprehensive K-12 school in the U.S. developed specifically to serve homeless students.
Monarch School has been a primary beneficiary of The Century Club of San Diego, the 501(c)(3) administrative organization behind San Diego's PGA TOUR event, The Farmers Insurance Open, for the last 15 years.
"We are incredibly proud and so pleased that Monarch School has received this recognition," said Century Club President and General Chairman Mike Whitton. "Through our 15 years of partnership, we have witnessed Monarch School's many triumphs in transforming the lives of youth affected by homelessness," he said. "It is our hope that this prestigious honor will help spread awareness about the challenges these youth face and about Monarch School's unique approach, which gives their students the support they need to overcome adversity and create a brighter future."
The monetary grant will help with the school's one-on-one academic mentoring and tutoring, enrichment programs including an after-school program, athletics, music and art therapy, family assistance, health and dental care, supplemental food and clothing, hygiene kits, counseling, and college and career development.
"Monarch School is honored to be selected as the 2015 PGA Tour Charity of the Year," said Monarch's CEO Erin Spiewak. "For over 15 years the Century Club has been a significant partner in making Monarch School a national leader in the education of homeless youth and we are thankful for their nomination. This award will bring a number of opportunities for our organization including the ability to raise awareness around the educational needs of the nearly 1.4 million homeless students across the country. The financial support that comes along with this recognition will give our students the chance to gain the skills they need to build a bright future."
Farmers Insurance has also supported Monarch School since 2010, when it became the title sponsor of the Farmers Insurance Open, providing volunteers at Monarch School events and donations that were important in establishing the new Monarch School campus in Barrio Logan.
"As a company, Farmers Insurance has a rich tradition of coming together to help give back to communities where we live and work," said Doris Dunn, Director of Community Relations for Farmers Insurance. "On behalf of Farmers, I'd like to congratulate Monarch School for this incredible achievement. We are proud to help organizations like Monarch School, as they support and empower the youth of San Diego, and look forward to working with all of the charitable programs involved in this year's Farmers Insurance Open."