Great Clips Charity Golf Classic Raises Record $240,000

MINNEAPOLIS, June 23, 2010—In its more than 28 years of existence, Great Clips, Inc. has had a history of giving back, and that traditional continues strong. The Great Clips Charity Golf Classic raised a net $240,000 at this year's event, held June 21 at Bearpath Golf & Country Club in Eden Prairie, Minn.

The Great Clips Charity 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. The event is a collaborative effort between the Great Clips corporate office in Edina, Minn., and the Associations of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota–Minneapolis and St. Paul.

This year’s donations have been earmarked to the Family Needs Fund.  Caring for a child can be an expensive and unexpected cost for a family.  Children’s is able to relieve some of the burden this places on families by offsetting certain costs associated with their visit.  Children’s encourages families to be involved and active in their child’s care, however, this can be difficult for families who live far away.  The Family Needs Fund helps to provide hotel stays for these families so they can spend more time learning about and participating in their child’s treatment as opposed to traveling back and forth between their home and the hospital.  If necessary, Children’s also helps provide transportation to follow up visits to ensure that the children are able to receive the necessary continued care.  Other daily expenses that the fund helps to cover include parking assistance and meal coupons.  While the Family Needs Fund supports all Children’s patients and families, those receiving long-term care, including hematology and oncology families, benefits the most from this generous philanthropic support.

Before joining the Classic in the afternoon, the Great Clips Racing team, including Nationwide Series driver Jason Leffler and Brad Sweet visited the kids at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

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.

Great Clips, Inc. and the Association of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota would like to thank and gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the sponsors who have made this event possible:

Hole Sponsors:

Welsh Companies
Piper Jaffray & Co.
Webincs/dba/Great Clips – two hole sponsorships
Mannington Commercial
Collins Manufacturing
Atlas Staffing
Compass Point
Friends of Children’s Hospitals & Clinics – Jeff Sell
Greene, Holcomb & Fisher LLC Banking
Redken for Men
Concepts Design & Display
Bradley & Deike
UBS Financial Services
RFE Investment Partners
Shelter Corporation
CH Robinson

Presenting Sponsor:

Walls Fargo Bank, N.A.

Premier Sponsor:

Salons Innovations

Printing Sponsor:

Ideal Printers

Hospitality Sponsors:

American Crew
Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
CH Robinson
Dougherty Financial Group
Future Keys (Lunch Sponsor)
Grant Thornton, LLP
Hennepin Lake Liquors
Knutson Construction Services
Leonard Street & Deinard
M&I Bank
Prudential Capital Group
RJF Agencies, Inc. & The Hartford
Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Hole-In-One Insurance Sponsor:

Lexus of Wayzata

Tee Bag Sponsors:

20/20 Promotions, Redken, Matrix, NIOXIN and American Crew, Sexy Hair

In-Kind Services:

Showhouse Productions – Production Coordination and video, 

Graphic Source - Signage

Champion Club Sponsors:

Jim Hemak, Pat Stevens, Brad Hepp, Tim Lawless, John Marcotte and Phil Colich

About Great Clips, Inc.

Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has nearly 3,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 25,000 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. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit