The Rocket Giving Fund

The 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic is Changing the Course. The Rocket Giving Fund’s mission is to host a world-class PGA TOUR event while simultaneously benefiting the Detroit community. The Organization’s primary fundraising activity is the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Detroit’s annual PGA TOUR event. The net proceeds realized by the event and other such activities and events will support its new “Changing the Course” initiative, a multi-year campaign with a vision that every Detroit resident has access to the internet, technology and digital literacy training they deserve within five years. The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on a number of unaddressed underlying issues in Detroit – internet accessibility being one of the most severe. One of the ways the Rocket Mortgage Classic is raising funds for this initiative is the AREA 313 Challenge. TOUR players will compete to make an eagle, ace, birdie (3-1-3) on holes 14, 15 and 16 on each of the 4 days of tournament play. The first golfer to achieve this feat will win $313,000 in their name towards RGF charities connected to digital access and Detroit’s digital divide. Rocket Mortgage is taking AREA 313 a step further this year.  Anytime a player hits a “3” or “1” or “3,” on the respective holes, there will be a direct donation made by Rocket Mortgage. A “3” or Eagle on hole 14 will amount to a $5,000 donation, a “1” or Hole-In-One on hole 15 will amount to a $25,000 donation, and a “3” or Birdie on hole 16 will amount to a $5,000 donation. In a show of support for the Rocket Mortgage Classic’s “Changing the Course” initiative, 12-time PGA TOUR winner and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and Harold Varner III will team up against former World No. 1 Jason Day and Wesley Bryan in a casual nine-hole exhibition at Detroit Golf Club on Wednesday, July 1 to raise funds toward ending the digital divide in Detroit. You can help and contribute by clicking the donate button below.


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In 2019, The Rocket Giving Fund  announced the distribution of $1.2million, INCLUDING more than $900,000 to the tournament’s primary charitable beneficiaries - The First Tee of Greater Detroit, Midnight Golf, the Detroit Golf Club Caddie Scholarship Fund, the Detroit Children’s Fund, People for Palmer Park, Detroit Police Athletic League and the Rickie Fowler Foundation. The majority of the organizations are Detroit-based and focus on education, veteran homelessness or neighborhood enhancement. The Rocket Giving Fund is the charitable arm of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, and directs the net proceeds from the event to designated non-profits. Click HERE for more information on the Rocket Giving Fund's charitable contributions.

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