RCI Returns as Title Sponsor of the Christel House Open

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RCI Returns as Title Sponsor of the Christel House Open
17 Mar 2017

RCI Returns as Title Sponsor of the Christel House Open

RCI celebrates its 11th consecutive year as title sponsor of the annual RCI® Christel House Open International Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament is held in several locations around the world and aims to raise awareness and funds for Christel House International, a charity committed to bettering the lives of impoverished children around the world.

“Since the charity’s inception, Christel House has improved the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children through care, education and character development,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Over the past 11 years, I’m proud to announce we’ve helped Christel House raise $5.7 million in support of its mission to drive out poverty and better the lives of future generations.”

The Christel House Open kicks off on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Palm Beach, Florida, and continues across North America and Europe throughout the following months at these locations:

  • Saturday, June 3 in Boonville, New York
  • Monday, June 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Thursday, June 8 in Branson, Missouri
  • Sunday, June 11 in Daytona, Florida
  • Monday, June 12 in Kissimmee, Florida; Myrtle Beach, SC; Vista, California; Williamsburg, Virginia; and the United Kingdom
  • Friday, November 3 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Now celebrating its 15th year, the tournament is attended by thousands of golfers, sponsors and volunteers from around the world who come together to raise awareness and funds for Christel House International. The nonprofit donates one hundred percent of the proceeds from the event directly to benefit disadvantaged children around the world.

Christel DeHaan, founder and CEO of Christel House International, established the charity in 1998 and aims to help its more than 4,000 children around the world break the cycle of poverty to realize their hopes and dreams and become independent members of society. The charity operates learning centers in the U.S., India, Mexico and South Africa, and funds an outreach program in Venezuela. DeHaan also co-founded RCI in 1974.

“The RCI Christel House Open has become a tradition within the timeshare industry for the past 15 years” said Christel DeHaan, found and CEO of Christel House International. “It is a coming together of industry leaders and RCI, joining forces to help impoverished children break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient members of society. Christel House is transforming lives and our friends in the industry are helping us to achieve this noble goal, and I want to thank RCI and the timeshare industry for their contributions.”

Christel House and the RCI Christel House Open are strongly supported by developers, resorts and vendors in the timeshare industry. In 2016, the event raised more than $810,000 to support Christel House initiatives, and the Christel House Open has totaled $8.7 million in net proceeds worldwide since the tournament’s inception.

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