For the first time in tournament history, the Meijer LGPA Classic for Simply Give Champion donated a portion of her winnings back to the retailer’s Simply Give program.
So Yeon Ryu from the Republic of Korea is donating $100,000 to the program that stocks the shelves of the retailer’s food pantry partners across the Midwest.
“On Pro-am day, I was joined with the CEO of Meijer and had a chance to learn more about the Simply Give program,” Ryu said. “I decided to donate to the program if I win this tournament, and that became my motivation. I am very happy that I could keep the promise to myself.”
Ryu won $300,000 from the $2 million purse, which is shared among the Top 10 players.
“Thanks to So Yeon Ryu’s generosity, the impact of the Meijer LPGA Classic is extended to additional hungry neighbors in the communities we serve,” said Rick Keyes, Meijer President and CEO. “We’re thankful at just how much she appreciates, and supports, what our tournament is trying to accomplish.”
To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated $4.3 million for food pantries across the Midwest.