LPGA tour players Sandra Gal and Gerina Piller, pictured here, visited the Lancaster Country Club on Tuesday morning for a round of golf on the links that will host the 2015 U.S. Women's Open next summer

2015 U.S. Women’s Open ticket purchases help to support local charity

Posted: November 3, 2014 2:47 pm

Susquehanna Bank and the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open are coming together to support the Extraordinary Give — Lancaster County’s largest day of giving, which is held on Nov. 21.

They will donate 20 percent of every 2015 U.S. Women’s Open ticket purchased between now and Nov. 20 to the Extraordinary Give.

The initiative, presented by the Lancaster County Community Foundation and lead sponsor Rodgers & Associates, will benefit more than 300 participating nonprofits that serve Lancaster County and beyond.

“The more than 300 nonprofits participating in the Extraordinary Give and the impact they make both locally and nationally are really the stars of this story,” stated William J. Reuter, chairman and CEO of Susquehanna Bancshares, in a news release. “Giving back to the community is a top priority for Susquehanna Bank and the Extraordinary Give allows us to make a difference in a big way.”

The Extraordinary Give is Lancaster County’s largest day of giving. Last year’s event raised more than $3.2 million for 260 nonprofits in only 24 hours. A portion of the funds raised through purchase of 2015 U.S. Women’s Open tickets through Susquehanna Bank will be donated to the stretch pool of the Extraordinary Give.

Stretch pool funds will be distributed to the more than 300 participating nonprofits using a pro-rated system based on the percentage of the total donations raised by each nonprofit during the day of giving.

“The Lancaster County Community Foundation is thrilled that Susquehanna Bank and the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open are joining us and the many supporters of this year’s Extraordinary Give,” stated Sam Bressi, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We are excited about their innovative approach to bolstering this powerful community celebration of giving.”

The public can support the Extraordinary Give by visiting www.ExtraGive.org to make a donation to any of more than 300 local community organizations on Nov. 21.

Individual donations will be stretched with funds from the stretch pool and prizes provided by the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the 2015 Women’s Open and the Extraordinary Give’s presenting sponsors Rodgers & Associates and the Martin H. Baer Charitable Trust.

“The community of Lancaster has welcomed the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open so warmly that it only makes sense for us to give back to the local community in this way,” said Barry Deach, championship director of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open, which will be held at Lancaster Country. “We’re extremely thankful that we’ve been able to join forces with such a long-standing pillar in this community such as Susquehanna Bank; they are the ones who have made this all possible.”