• Ben Tierney

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational announces additional community impact programs

MIDLAND, Mich. (June 24, 2019) – The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Dow GLBI), an inaugural LPGA Tour team event taking place July 15-20 at Midland Country Club, has announced an event goal to provide direct community impact of $500,000 into the Great Lakes Bay Region through various initiatives. The primary programs established to achieve this goal include the “Daily Giveback” and the “#TeamUp for the Great Lakes Bay Region,” which will make contributions to pre-selected local organizations with a focus to drive sustainability, inclusion, innovation and STEM growth in the region.

“The Midland Area Community Foundation appreciates the generosity of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in teaming up with local nonprofits across the region,” said Sharon Mortenson, president, and CEO of Midland Area Foundation, which focuses on making a difference in the greater Midland region. “This unique opportunity will provide a source of funding as well as a platform to spread a message of unity and teamwork as we all work together for positive change. We look forward to welcoming the LPGA to our community.”


The “Daily Giveback” program will designate a $10,000 donation, for every day of the tournament, to a community organization. The six pre-selected organizations will have the opportunity to create on-site experiences to best engage with players, officials, and spectators during the tournament. The program will further highlight key sponsors by customizing fan-friendly themes such as SCG Day, Dow Day, Garber Day and MidMichigan Health Day to increase overall awareness of the charitable cause. The preliminary schedule is highlighted below with more information to follow.


The Dow GLBI will pair 36 community organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region with the 72 LPGA teams competing at the 2019 inaugural event. Each organization will be represented by two teams in the field, with each team initially worth $2,000 in funds to equal a total of $4,000 for each of the participating groups. All the funds will be utilized to further enhance STEM, inclusion, innovation or sustainability in the region. Teams that finish in the Top 10 will earn an additional $5,000 contribution and the first place team will earn an additional $11,000 towards their selected community organization. The 36 participating groups are highlighted below.

In addition to the allocated contributions, organizations will have the opportunity to earn bonus funds through the following ways:

  • The Cisco “Staying Connected” program – The 36 community organizations will be encouraged by the tournament to support their teams through various on-site initiatives (welcome packages, signs, and social media tagging) with an award of $5,000 to the organization that supports their team the best.

  • The Pairings Party contest – During the official pairings party of the Dow GLBI at Dow Diamond, LPGA players will be hitting 36 golf balls at a pre-determined target, with each golf ball containing the name of the 36 community organizations. The ball/organization that lands closest to the target pin will be awarded an additional $3,000 donation.

Within the #TeamUp initiative, each organization will have the opportunity to win a maximum contribution of $20,000 and also engage thousands of spectators towards its cause.

The “Daily Giveback” and the “TeamUp for the Great Lakes Bay Region” community impact programs are vital elements of the overall contribution goals of the inaugural Dow GLBI, which is committed to strengthening and creating growth in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, visit www.DowGLBI.com. Tickets for the 2019 Dow GLBI start at $10 and kids 17 and under are free. To stay up-to-date on all team announcements and event information, join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/DowGLBI, www.twitter.com/DowGLBI, and www.instagram.com/dowglbi (@DowGLBI).

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