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The First Tee of Greater Des Moines nets $10K from Wellmark 'Get Around, Give A Round' initiative
Fans at Principal Charity Classic walked more than 2.5 million steps June 3
June 3, 2011

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield will award the efforts of local golf fans with a $10,000 contribution to First Tee of Greater Des Moines. A check to First Tee will be presented at Willow Creek Golf Course on Thursday, June 16 in Des Moines.


Fans log 2.5 million steps, nearly 1,300 miles

Wellmark’s “Get Around, Give A Round” initiative provided pedometers to fans at the Principal Charity Classic June 3. Fans were encouraged to get their daily recommended 10,000 steps at the event, and then record their steps at the end of the day.  By Wellmark’s partnership with The Principal Charity Classic and its Birdies for Charity program, The First Tee of Greater Des Moines’ financial benefit will be even greater.


By the end of the day, participants had logged more than 2.5 million steps. At a stride of 2,000 steps per mile, that’s nearly 1,300 miles!


Initiative supports efforts to improve health, lower costs

“Wellmark’s mission is to improve the health of Iowans, and we know that people who get regular exercise help keep health insurance costs low for everyone,” says Chris Verlengia, sponsorship coordinator. “We walk every day, but we don’t often take time to count how many steps we’ve taken.


“This initiative was a great way to help Iowans understand where they’re at, and if they need to alter their habits to take even more steps each day.”


The First Tee of Greater Des Moines, a non-profit project of The Golf Foundation of Iowa, is located at Grand View Golf Course in Des Moines and managed by the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department. First Tee promotes character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.


Jim Ballard with First Tee says, “We appreciate the support of Wellmark and the event to raise visibility for First Tee while also encouraging daily physical activity. This funding will provide much needed support to encourage youth character building and appreciation of golf through First Tee programming.” 


WHO:  First Tee of Greater Des Moines/Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
WHAT: Wellmark’s “Get Around, Give A Round” will present a $10,000 check to First Tee of Greater Des Moines, a non-profit project of The Golf Foundation of Iowa
WHERE: First Tee of Greater Des Moines Summer Golf Program

Willow Creek Golf Course

140 Army Post Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265
(515) 979-1799

WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2011.  The check presentation will be at 10:00 a.m.




Contact Wellmark Media Relations

Traci McBee
Phone: 515-376-4338


Teresa Roof
Phone: 515-376-5869


1331 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-2901

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