MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – Nearly 500 Quad City area charities will receive pledge money, along with a 10 percent bonus from the John Deere Classic Birdies for Charity program. This year, the fundraiser linked to the PGA tournament, raised a record $10.5 Million. That is nearly $1.8 million more than the previous record of $8.73 million set in 2015. It also qualifies for a 10 percent boost to the pledges from the John Deere Foundation.
Ever year, participants make pledges by guessing how many birdies will be made during tournament play. With this year’s pledges, more than $81.3 million in contributions have been made to the community since the PGA TOUR first began its annual run in the Quad Cities in 1971.