Jack Nicklaus attends Creighton Farms Invitational Annual Charity Event in County Loudoun | WDVM25 and DCW50
ALDIE, Virginia (WDVM) – Professional golfer Jack Nicklaus has returned to Loudoun County for an annual fundraiser aimed at supporting children and saving lives.
The 9th Annual Creighton Farms Invitational took place on the Nicklaus designed golf course at Creighton Farms. The event benefits the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, a charity founded by the golfer and his wife years ago after they nearly lost their daughter.
“Our daughter, when she was 11 months old, was choking … A pencil fell into her lung, she had pneumonia, was in intensive care for six days,” Nicklaus said. “Barbara and I were sitting in the waiting room and we were like, ‘Well, if we were ever able to help other people, we wanted them to be children. “
Since its inception in 2004, the foundation has supported Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and continued to expand its services.
“We have 20 outpatient clinics along the coast, we have seen children in recent years from every state and union in 119 different countries,” he said.
Nicklaus says the golf community is supporting fundraising, with fellow golf professional Jay Haas in attendance at the Creighton Farms Invitational. He says young PGA players also understand the importance of giving back.
“Our young guys today on tour…. Every event we have had…. they supported. Check out these guys here today. They get it. They understand that giving back is part of life, ”said Nicklaus.
The Creighton Farms Invitational has raised $ 7.5 million to date for the foundation.