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2011 News Releases and Information

John Deere Classic Birdies for Charity to Give Away 2011 Chevy Camaro

Two Donors Who Guessed Exact Number of Birdies Have a Chance to Win

SILVIS, Illinois (August 18, 2011) – Two Birdies for Charity donors who guessed the exact number of birdies recorded at this year's John Deere Classic each will have a chance to win a 2011 Chevy Camaro, courtesy of the Select Chevy dealers.


At 11 a.m. Friday, August 19th at TPC Deere Run, each contestant will be given an ignition key that may or may not start the stylish new Camaro parked near the front door of the clubhouse. The one lucky person whose key successfully starts the car will get to keep it, according to Kristy Ketcham Jackson, director of the Birdies for Charity Program.


"Birdies for Charity is extremely grateful that our Select Chevy partners have made such a strong commitment to our community and to the 600 charities we serve in the Quad Cities and neighboring communities," Ketcham said. "The opportunity for Birdies for Charity donors to win a new car has really helped motivate donors to support their favorite charities and drive millions of dollars to our participating organizations!"


The two finalists correctly guessed that the number of birdies made at this year's tournament would be 2,160, according to tournament officials. Both finalists also will receive a John Deere Classic ticket package for the 2012 tournament. The birdies total includes the four tournament rounds and the Wednesday pro-am.


Representatives of the John Deere Classic's Birdies for Charity Program and Select Chevy officials are set to conduct the event at the front entrance of the clubhouse. This is the 12th consecutive year in which a car has been used as a grand prize as an incentive for donors to support their favorite charities through the Birdies for Charity program.


John Deere underwrites the administrative cost of the Birdies for Charity Program, making it possible for 100 percent of the donations collected to go to participating charities.


"The support of John Deere is a major reason Birdies for Charity is able to help hundreds of charities every year," Ketcham said. "John Deere's contribution to Birdies for Charity makes it possible for 100 percent of each pledge collected to go directly to its designated charity, along with a bonus contribution to each participating charity."


Steve Stricker won the 2011 John Deere Classic, finishing with a 72-hole score of 22-under par 262 on Sunday, July 10, at TPC Deere Run. It was Stricker's third consecutive victory at the John Deere Classic. He was the first player in the event's 41-year history to win it three consecutive years.


Chevy is the Official Car of the John Deere Classic. All tournament vehicles, as well as the grand prize Camaro, were provided by the following six Select Chevy dealers located at selectchevy.com:

  • Deery Brothers, West Burlington, IA
  • Eriksen Chevrolet, Milan, IL
  • Green Chevrolet, East Moline, IL
  • Lujack Chevrolet, Davenport, IA
  • McEleney Auto Center, Clinton, IA
  • Mills Chevrolet, Moline, IL
  • Piehl Motors, Princeton, IL
  • Shottenkirk Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Pleasant, IA
  • Bruce Foote Chevrolet, Monmouth, IL
  • Yemm Chevrolet, Galesburg, IL
  • Kunes Country Auto Group, Mount Carroll, IL


Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of those whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.

For More Information, Contact:

Contact: Barry Cronin
Cronin Communications, Inc.
Phone: 847-698-1801
Contact: Kristy Ketcham Jackson
Director, Birdies for Charity
Phone: 309-762-4653