SAVANNAH, Ga.—Parker’s, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary, makes supporting community groups a priority and each year hosts the Parker’s Fueling the Community Golf Tournament to raise funds for public and private schools and health-care organizations in Georgia and South Carolina.
This year, the 9th annual tournament raised a record $138,890 to benefit local communities where Parker’s operates stores.
“We look forward to this event all year and deeply appreciate the generous support from the sponsors and the players,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “We will use the revenue from this tournament to make a positive impact in communities across our corporate footprint, from Jesup, Georgia, to Moncks Corner, South Carolina.”
More than 140 golfers, including vendors, suppliers and supporters, participated in this year’s scramble-format tournament on October 12 at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah.
“This is a great tournament, a great company and a great cause,” said petroleum consultant Don Draizin, who has played in the Parker’s Fueling the Community Golf Tournament for eight years. “It’s always a pleasure to support the Fueling the Community program at Parker’s.”
The Southern Eagle team, which included Frank Forsberg, Rob Palmer and Sean Hogan, earned top honors at the golf tournament. The Wilson team won second place, and the WTOC-TV team took third place. Josh Turner won the Longest Drive Contest, Justin Dean won the Putting Contest and Jackie Macey won the Closest to the Hole Contest.
Launched in 2011 with a mission to give back to every community where Parker’s does business, the Parker’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative distributes money annually to public and private schools throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Through the Fueling the Community charitable giving program, Parker’s donates a portion of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month at all Parker’s locations to schools across Georgia and South Carolina. The funds raised by the golf tournament will supplement these monthly donations to help Parker’s support education and healthcare initiatives throughout the region.
Parker’s endows the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah and spearheads the Keep Savannah Clean anti-litter campaign. In 2019, Parker’s also donated a record $5 million to name the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University.