Naples, FL (November 18, 2016)
– The LPGA awarded ShopRite with the distinguished Commissioner’s Award during the tour’s season-ending Rolex Awards banquet on Thursday night in Naples, Fla. In 2016, ShopRite celebrated its 25th year as a supporter of the LPGA and the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. During that tenure, ShopRite has donated more than $30 million through its association with the LPGA, more than any other sponsor in the history of the tour.
The Commissioner’s Award was introduced in 1991 by the LPGA. It annually honors a person or organization that has contributed uniquely to the LPGA and its members, furthered the cause of women’s golf, and possesses character and standards of the highest order.
“We’re proud to recognize ShopRite for lifting the LPGA to new heights for 25 years and counting,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “They are our longest partner in tournament business and one of our greatest charitable supporters. We’re honored to be associated with a company that has worked so tirelessly as an advocate of its community and women's golf."
ShopRite became title sponsor of the Atlantic City Classic in 1992, seeking to strengthen its ties to the New Jersey community as it broadened its footprint throughout the mid-Atlantic region. ShopRite is now the LPGA’s longest-tenured sponsor, and the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is the second longest running tournament on the LPGA.
"ShopRite is honored to receive the Commissioner's Award and proud to be part of a long tradition of promoting women's golf," said Jeff Reagan, senior vice president of marketing for Wakefern Food Corp., the marketing and distribution arm of ShopRite. "As title sponsor of the 2017 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, we once again get to be part of a world class golfing event that also benefits local schools, hospitals and other organizations that help those in need. We look forward to seeing some of the best female golfers in the world hit the links again this spring at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club."
ShopRite is the fifteenth recipient of the Commissioner’s Award, joining PING founders Karsten and Louise Solheim, longtime tournament host and actor Jamie Farr, and the original 13 LPGA founding members.
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 260 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $40 million to 2,000 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $30 million for local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com
About the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer
The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is one of the largest and most prestigious events on the LPGA tour. It is held annually in Atlantic City and features the world's best female golfers competing over three rounds for a $1.5 million purse. The event, owned and operated by Eiger Marketing Group, is held on the Bay Course at the prestigious Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. To date, ShopRite has donated more than $30 million to local charities through its LPGA relationship.