Great Clips Golf Classic Celebrates 15 Years of Supporting Children

MINNEAPOLIS, June 15, 2011—On Monday, June 27, 2011, Great Clips, Inc. will hold its annual Great Clips Charity Golf Classic at Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie, Minn. In its 15th year, the event has raised more than $2.3 million dollars for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
Funds from this year’s tournament will benefit the Family Needs Fund, which helps to provide money for unexpected costs to relieve some of the burden this places on families. This allows families the ability to spend more time learning about and participating in their child’s treatment. Last year’s event raised $240,000—the highest amount raised in the Classic’s 15-year history.

Also scheduled as part of the event, Great Clips Racing and NASCAR drivers James Buescher, Cody Darrah, Jason Leffler and Brad Sweet will tour Children’s before meeting with the kids and their families. The drivers will also participate in the golf event on Monday morning.
“Our community has given us great support over the years, which has been instrumental in being able to continue our support of Children’s,” said Ray Barton, Great Clips chairman of the board. “Each year, the Classic continues to grow and raise more money for a great organization. We’re excited for this year’s event, and the opportunity to continue our work with Children’s.”

Also supporting Children’s, the local Great Clips salon community has raised more than $650,000 over the past 18 years to support various underfunded programs at Children’s through events such as cut-a-thons.

About the Great Clips Golf Classic
The Great Clips Golf Classic began in 1997, as a means to provide funding and awareness for underfunded, but necessary, programs at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. This event is part of the Great Clips Great Needs. Great Deeds.® program, which is the company’s commitment to giving back to the communities in which is does business.
Bearpath Golf and Country Club, the exclusive site of the Classic, is a private club that was opened on Aug. 5, 1996, with an inaugural round by course designer Jack Nicklaus. Head golf professional is Kevin Cashman.

About Great Clips, Inc.

Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 30,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn advanced skills and the latest trends. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. And, it’s more convenient than ever with Great Clips’ Online Check-In. To check-in online, visit or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit