A golf tournament sponsored by farm equipment manufacturer John Deere raised $4.34 million for 500 charitable organizations in the Quad Cities and surrounding region.
This is the fourth straight year the John Deere Classic managed to drum up more than $4 million in philanthropy. Many of the checks were delivered by members of the tournament's board, while the remainder will be sent through the mail.
Clair Peterson, director of the John Deere Classic, said it was particularly satisfying so much money was raised in the face of economic problems that have plagued the country.
"The John Deere Classic is extremely proud to be able to help some 500 local and regional charities raise money for their very worthy causes," Peterson said.
There are a number of charitable efforts in which the farm equipment producer takes part. For example, Des Moines, Iowa, school Findley Elementary recently received roughly $6,000 to use to purchase equipment and continue to support a reading program.
Representatives from the company also take the time to visit the school to help with the reading program to help encourage the kids to take part.