2011 Paul W. Smith Golf Classic Set for August 15

DETROIT, Mich., March 17, 2011 – The eighth annual Paul W. Smith Golf Classic, benefiting Think Detroit PAL, returns to the Detroit Golf Club August 15, 2011.  Paul W. Smith made the announcement today during his annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Detroit Athletic Club. The tournament has raised nearly $2.5 million in net funds since its inaugural event in 2004. The tournament connects Detroit area corporations with the largest nonprofit youth organization in the city. 

“Today more than 10,000 girls and boys in Detroit are benefiting from the values-based athletic and leadership development programs of Think Detroit PAL,” said Michael C. Porter, Chief Executive Officer of Think Detroit PAL. “The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic is a vital contributor in our effort to provide youngsters with character-enriching programs and a safe environment to learn and grow.”

The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic is the largest fundraiser benefiting Think Detroit PAL.  Over the past seven years, funds raised by the tournament have supported more than 13,000 Detroit youth in Think Detroit PAL programs.  Think Detroit PAL was formed by the 2006 merger of Think Detroit, Inc. and the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL).

Paul W. Smith is the event chairperson and News/Talk 760 WJR is the title sponsor.  Ford Motor Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Compuware Corporation return as long-time presenting sponsors.  Sponsorship opportunities are now available for other interested local companies. 

Sponsors will receive ample recognition for their support through promotion on WJR and the tournament website, www.paulwsmithgolf.com.  The tournament is a best-ball scramble format and features contests such as Longest Drive, Longest Putt, Closest-to-the-Pin and Hole-in-One.  The afternoon concludes with a reception and awards dinner.  Contact 313-203-7248 or paulwsmithgolf@pcgcampbell.com for more information.

About Think Detroit PAL
Think Detroit PAL was formed in 2006 with the merger of Think Detroit Inc. and the Detroit Police Athletic League.  In partnership with the Detroit Police Department and community volunteers, Think Detroit PAL builds character in young people through athletic, academic and leadership development programs.  In 2010, Think Detroit PAL served over 10,000 girls and boys through a combined 24 sports and academic programs, making it one of the largest youth organizations in the state of Michigan. More than 80 cents of each dollar donated to Think Detroit PAL goes directly into programming.