RCI has announced that it will return as the title sponsor of the RCI® Christel House Open International Charity Golf Tournament in 2014. This marks the eighth consecutive year that RCI has served as the title sponsor.
“The RCI Christel House Open has become a beacon of hope for people throughout our industry who support Christel House’s mission to provide education, nutrition and care programs for some of the world’s most impoverished children,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Last year’s tournament raised more than $550,000, all of which goes directly to those who need it most. With the help of our colleagues in the timeshare and hospitality industry, we hope to exceed that amount in 2014 and help provide even more children with the services and care they deserve.”
The 2014 RCI Christel House Open kicks off on Saturday, May 17 in Palm Beach, Fla., and continues at 12 additional sites across North America, Europe and Africa. The event, which is celebrating its 12th year, welcomes thousands of golfers, sponsors and volunteers from around the world to raise funds and awareness for Christel House International. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event directly benefit children involved with the nonprofit organization.
Christel DeHaan, the co-founder of RCI, founded Christel House in 1998. The nonprofit aims to help its more than 4,000 children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. The organization operates Learning Centers in the U.S., India, Mexico and South Africa, and funds outreach programs in Serbia and Venezuela.
Christel House and the RCI Christel House Open are strongly supported by developers, resorts and vendors in the timeshare industry, with worldwide proceeds exceeding $8.5 million since the tournament’s inception. Christel House is also one of the three signature charities of Wishes by Wyndham, the philanthropic program of Wyndham Worldwide.
For more information on the RCI Christel House Open, please visit www.chopen.org.