Great Clips Charity Golf Classic Raises $240,000 for Children's

golfclassicMINNEAPOLIS, July 25, 2011—In its nearly 30 years of existence, Great Clips, Inc. has had a history of giving back, and that tradition continues strong. The Great Clips Charity Golf Classic raised a net $240,000 at this year’s event held on June 27, 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 Children’s Association—Minneapolis and Children’s Hospital Association—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 Kasey Kahne, Jason Leffler, Brad Sweet and Cody Darrah, along with fellow Turner Motorsports driver James Buescher, 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 19 years to support various underfunded programs at Children’s through events such as cut-a-thons.

Great Clips, Inc. and The Children’s Association—Minneapolis and Children’s Hospital Association—St. Paul would like to thank and gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the sponsors who have made this event possible:

Premier Sponsor: Salons Innovations

Printing Sponsor: Ideal Printers

Champion Club:
Phil Colich
Jim Hemak
Brad Hepp
Tim Lawless
John Marcotte
Pat Stevens

Hospitality Sponsors:
American Crew
Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Dougherty Financial Group
Everbrite, LLC
Future Keys (Lunch Sponsor)
Grant Thornton, LLP
Hennepin Lake Liquors
J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Knutson Construction Services
Leonard Street & Deinard Foundation
Matrix
Prudential Capital Group
RJF Agencies, Inc. & The Hartford
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Hole Sponsors: Welsh Companies, LLC; Horwitz, Inc.; TCF Bank; Webincs; Mannington Commercial; Chase Paymentech; K2 Logistics; Collins Manufacturing Company; Atlas Staffing, Inc.; Compass Point Media; idX – Louisville; Bluewater Direct, Inc.; Greg & Rhoda Olsen; Ecolab; Green Holcomb & Fisher Investment Banking; Bradley & Deike, P.A.; Redken 5th Ave NYC; Concept Display, LLC; K-Sales, Inc.; UBS Financial Services; SHELTER Corporation; RFE Investment Partners; CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

Golf Cart Sponsors: Children’s Hospital Association – St. Paul Lunch Bunch Guild, St. Paul Nigh Owls Guild; The Children’s Association – Mpls. Ladybug Chapter, Mpls. Peanuts Chapter, Mpls. Little Boy Blue, Mpls. Pied Piper Chapter; Innovation Computer Software, Inc.; Robert & Virginia Sack; Larson Allen LLP; Larkin Hoffman Law Firm; AVT Consulting, Inc.; Susan Lagerquist; Theresa Pesch; Strategic Insights and Solutions; RFE Investment Partners

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, KS Logistics – Wine donation, Graphic Source - Signage

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 www.greatclips.com or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit www.greatclips.com.