Annual Digital Ally Open Supports the Community and Local Charities
If you love golf then you have probably heard about the Digital Ally Open in Overland Park that attracts thousands of golf fans and enthusiastic spectators each year, but you might not know that giving back is the focus of the golf tournament held each year in July at the Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate in Overland Park.
The Digital Ally Open is part of the Web.com Tour which is the developmental tour for the PGA. These golfers are professionals attempting to reach the PGA Tour, and the Web.com golfers who are in the top 25 of the money list at the end of the year are given their PGA Tour memberships for the next season. Therefore, the Digital Ally Open is potentially hosting the next big name in golf.
Initially, the tournament was called the Midwest Classic, but it became the Digital Ally Open in 2015 when Stanton Ross, president/CEO of Digital Ally Inc. came on as the title sponsor. Digital Ally is a local company who makes body cameras, in-car video systems and cloud-based and local server software for law enforcement and commercial companies worldwide. Ross saw becoming the title sponsor as an opportunity to support the law enforcement community in a weeklong event that gets national attention because of the tournament’s ties with the PGA.
This Digital Ally tournament is the brainchild of KC Crusaders, a group of Kansas City business leaders, led by Tony Adams, a former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback. The group wanted to bring a professional golf event to Kansas City while at the same time support the community and local charities. KC Crusaders’ mission is to “promote and support local communities through professional golf and create a fundraising platform that honors and supports our fallen first responders’ families.” In addition, they wanted to have a positive economic impact on area businesses; the tournament has added more than $6.2 million each year and helped charities raise more than $900,000.
While golf and other activities are a part of the tournament, Digital Alley is extremely proud to support their first responder organizations such as S.A.F.E. (Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment), National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and COPS, (Concerns of Police Survivors), along with Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City. Other beneficiaries include organizations such as Ronal McDonald House and Braden’s Hope. All of the proceeds from daily and weekly grounds passes benefit charities through the Tickets FORE Charity Program, and when purchasing tickets, one can choose which charity the money goes to.
According to Jerry Hayes, a KC Crusader board member, there is something for everybody at this event. This past July, they had a 5K fun run, Clay Walker and Little Texas on-course concert, the Pro-Am Golf Tournament with Web.Com professionals and amateurs, a family night with a junior golf clinic, first responder tours and a VIP pro-am pairings party and charity auction.
2018 Schedule of Events
(as of now; schedule could change)
7 a.m. Saturday, July 28: 2018 Digital Ally Open-5K Fun Run
Saturday, July 28: 2018 Digital Ally Open concert
11 a.m. Monday, July 30: Pro-Am golf Tournament with Web.Com professionals and amateurs (Spectators are welcome to walk the course.)
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, July 30: Family night, featuring free Junior Golf Clinic with PGA professionals, first responder Tturs, face painting and trick shot show from golf professionals
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31: VIP pro-am pairings party and charity auction at the Ritz Charles
Wednesday, August 1: Official Web.com Tour Pro-Am Golf Tournament
Thursday, August 2-3: First and second rounds of the 2018 Digital Ally Open begin
Thursday, August 2: Young professionals party, networking event for professionals 30 and under
Friday, August 3: Multi-city chamber of commerce after-hours party
Saturday, August 4: Third round for the PGA/Web.com professionals
Saturday, August 4: Party on the Green, hosted by KC Crusaders and OE Ellis, benefiting Ronald McDonald House
Sunday, August 5: Final Round of the 2018 Digital Ally Open. First Responder and Military Day! Free admission for first responders, military and their immediate family members. Trophy presentation to 2018 Digital Ally Open winner
For more information about this premier golf event, visit DigitalAllyOpen.org.