The American Legends Golf Tournament Drives $56.6 Million in Donations for Mountain Mission School

Single-day charitable total far surpasses previous PGA TOUR record  set at The Olde Farm in 2010

BRISTOL, Va. — One legendary day just generated a century’s worth of good.

The American Legends for Mountain Mission Kids, an all-star charitable golf tournament held today at The Olde Farm in Bristol, Virginia, grossed $56.6 million in support of the Mountain Mission School (MMS) endowment fund, which supports MMS. The total is the new largest single-day charitable gift in PGA TOUR history, significantly exceeding the previous gross record of $15 million set in 2010 by The Olde Farm’s Big 3 event, which featured Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and the late Arnold Palmer.

The tournament featured an iconic slate of sporting celebrities, including golf greats Nicklaus, Player, Lee Trevino, Lorena Ochoa, Tim Finchem, Lanny Wadkins and Betsy King; NFL icons Peyton Manning and Dan Marino; and star NBA coach and player Jerry West. Palmer was memorialized at the event, which fell on what would have been his 89th birthday.

“This is the result of an exciting partnership with a group of extraordinary athletes and sponsors,” said Jim McGlothlin, founder of The Olde Farm. “For 97 years, Mountain Mission School has provided a home, an extended family and high-quality education for children in need. Many generous hearts have created a much firmer foundation for the thousands of children the school serves — now, and in the century to come.”

Founded in Grundy, Virginia, in 1921, MMS is an accredited, non-profit school that provides stability, shelter, nourishment and a high-quality education for at-risk children. The school receives no federal or state funding, and for nearly a century has operated solely on financial gifts from patrons. One letter in the MMS archives documents a gift for six cents, while others have committed to much more.

Since its establishment, the school has served thousands of children from the United States and 70 additional countries. Students range in age from toddlers to older teens and represent diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Many have been rescued from abandonment, extreme poverty or violent environments.

“Our students come out of very difficult circumstances, but we know that their past does not define their potential,” said Chris Slone, president of MMS. “Our track record proves that the kind of supportive atmosphere we provide creates positive change. Not only do our patrons uphold a physical campus of brick and mortar — they help construct an environment of healing and hope, and we are very grateful for their support.”

Title sponsors of the event included Gregory Pharmaceutical Holdings, makers of Blue-Emu®, Food City, Johnson & Johnson, and the United Company.

“No doubt this is one of the finest charity golf events in the world,” Player said. “I recall being at The Olde Farm not too long ago with Jack and Arnold when we raised more than $15 million on the day, and I am blown away by the new record amount we have raised this year. Jim McGlothlin is a special man who continues to unselfishly contribute to society and specifically to children, whom as we know are the trustees of posterity.”

For more information on the event, visit www.theamericanlegends.com. Those who wish to donate to Mountain Mission School may do so at www.mmskids.org.

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All-Star Lineup of Sporting Legends to Compete at The Olde Farm in Bristol, Virginia

Nation’s premier, private golf club to host celebrity tournament in support of Mountain Mission School

BRISTOL, Va. — Enter the grounds of The Olde Farm on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, and you’ll walk into a sporting legends hall of fame.

Jim McGlothlin, founder of The Olde Farm, announced today that the club will present The American Legends for Mountain Mission Kids, a charitable tournament that offers patrons the chance to watch — and even golf alongside — 10 iconic personalities who have more than staked their claim in the record books of golf, football and basketball.

The all-star roster includes golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Betsy King, Tim Finchem, Lanny Wadkins and Lorena Ochoa; NFL icons Peyton Manning and Dan Marino; and star NBA coach and player Jerry West.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Mountain Mission School (MMS), an accredited, non-profit school located in rural Virginia that provides stability, shelter, nourishment and a high-quality education for at-risk children from throughout the U.S. and world.

The tournament follows in the tradition of the Big 3, played at The Olde Farm in 2010. That event, featuring Nicklaus, Player and the late Arnold Palmer, raised more than $15 million, the largest single-day charitable total in PGA Tour history. That amount, says American Legends tournament representatives, has already been exceeded.

“We’re very excited to partner with and welcome this amazing group of athletes,” McGlothlin said. “Their support of Mountain Mission School, along with the sponsors and patrons who have committed to promoting this event, will bear a positive and tremendous impact on the school and the thousands of lives it exists to serve.”

Founded in Grundy, Virginia, in 1921, MMS was established to help educate and support children in need. In its 97-year history, the school has served thousands of children from throughout the U.S. and 70 additional countries.

Currently, MMS serves 250-300 children who study, share communal meals, and reside on grounds with faculty and staff. Students range in age from toddlers to older teens, and represent diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds, including 15 U.S. states and 16 countries.

“This place changes hearts,” said Chris Slone, president of MMS and the great-grandson of school founder Sam Hurley. “Many of our students come from situations where they have experienced poverty, loss or violence. We provide a stable environment where children can discover a new family, know that they are safe and focus on their education. As a result, our campus is a joyful place and our students not only survive, but thrive. The significant majority go on to graduate from college, and throughout their lives many choose to serve and uplift others who share their same experiences.”

It’s that track record of success, said McGlothlin, that attracts donors from all financial strata. The school receives no federal or state funding, and for nearly a century has operated solely on financial gifts from generous hearts who give as they are able. One letter in the MMS archives documents a gift for six cents, while others are able to commit much more.

“Looking back, the Big 3 event was an incredibly enjoyable day,” said 2010 tournament headliner and American Legend Jack Nicklaus. “There was such a sense of camaraderie and good will on the course, and knowing that everything that took place would benefit such a worthy cause made it even more special.

“My wife, Barbara, and I have made it our life’s mission to help children, whether that is through pediatric health care, or using golf to teach kids valuable life lessons, or to support educational programs. Mountain Mission School aligns with our passion, and I am delighted to be back for The American Legends. I look forward to re-uniting with old friends and making new ones for a fun, memorable experience that supports a tremendous cause and hopefully will have a lasting impact on Mountain Mission School.”

Those who wish to help support MMS will have a number of giving opportunities to choose from, including playing alongside the Legends, observing the tournament, and bidding on a range of personalized memorabilia.

For more information on the event and ways to participate, visit www.theamericanlegends.com. Tournament information can also be found on Facebook at theamericanlegends, on Twitter at @TheAmLegendsMMS and on Instagram at TheAmericanLegends.

Additional details on MMS, including options for giving, are available at www.mmskids.org, and more information on The Olde Farm can be found at www.theoldefarm.com.

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The Olde Farm, Mountain Mission School To Announce Legendary Golf Charity Event

To feature all-star sporting personalities and exceed 2010’s the Big 3 in scope, fundraising

BRISTOL, Virginia — On Wednesday, April 25, representatives of The Olde Farm, the nation’s premier, private golf club, along with Tim Finchem, former commissioner of the PGA Tour, will make a significant announcement concerning an upcoming event to benefit Mountain Mission School.

Media are invited to the grounds of The Olde Farm beginning at 9 a.m. for breakfast. The conference will begin at 11 a.m. and be followed by availability with speakers and representatives. Lunch will follow at noon. So that The Olde Farm may best plan for guests, media who expect to attend the conference are asked to RSVP to sylvia@corporatepr.com.

Media in attendance are also invited to play an afternoon round of golf as guests of The Olde Farm. (Two players per outlet, with golf reservation required by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 23. RSVP to Sylvia Musgrove via email, sylvia@corporatepr.com. In the event of rain, media will be invited to return at a later date.)

For those not able to attend, the conference will be available via livestream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbUzbiEruUk.

DIRECTIONS: The Olde Farm is located at 16639 Old Jonesboro Rd, Bristol, VA 24202. Guests should enter the grounds via the main entrance off Old Jonesboro (closest to the Clubhouse, watch for media signage). Staff at The Olde Farm will greet guests and provide transportation to the Party Barn.