Barrington Gifts Of Distinction Raises Money For The First Tee Junior Golf Program While Offering A 50 Percent Discount to The First Tee Members and Supporters

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Barrington Gifts of Distinction is helping The First Tee raise money in order to accomplish its mission of providing young people of all backgrounds, an opportunity to develop, through golf and character-education, a core set of life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity, respect, and perseverance. When shoppers use one of 208 individual The First Tee Chapter access codes or "FTHQ," at, they receive 50% off retail prices for all Barrington Gifts...and personalization of gifts is free. Best of all, The First Tee receives 30% of all gross sales dollars to help fund the expansion of its programs benefiting young people who normally don't have access to the great game of golf.

The First Tee Gift Collection by Barrington

Barrington is a welcome addition to our supplier program

Barrington Gifts of Distinction has become a Preferred Supplier of The First Tee. This premiere partnership will allow The First Tee Chapters worldwide to raise money by offering members and supporters high-end personalized gifts at dealer wholesale pricing... 50% off retail prices. Thirty percent of all gross sales dollars will directly benefit The First Tee and its initiatives. This donation is significantly greater than the typical 10% of the proceeds (i.e. net profit) goes to (non-profit organization name) programs.

"Barrington is a welcome addition to our supplier program," said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee. "In addition to providing our Chapters with quality gifts at wholesale prices, the program will raise much-needed funds to positively impact the lives of young people."

Barrington has launched a custom, branded e-store at where The First Tee supporters may select premium gifts at factory-direct prices. Each Chapter has been provided a special access code to share with its local constituents, allowing access to the Web site and discount pricing. The First Tee home office access code for shopping is "FTHQ."

"Besides financially supporting a worthy and effective program for kids who don’t normally have access to golf and its life lessons, shoppers obtain 50% off retail prices, which is a terrific offer in itself," said Wes Boyd, director of Marketing and Sales for Barrington Gifts. "Whether they buy personalized gifts for weddings, graduations, birthdays, holidays or for any occasion, The First Tee members and supporters will find the craftsmanship of their gifts unsurpassed."

About The First Tee
The First Tee ( is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, FL at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 2.9 million participants in 49 states, over 2,800 elementary schools and five international locations – Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Singapore. Former President George H. W. Bush serves as honorary chairman. The First Tee Founding Partners are The Masters Tournament, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA.

About Barrington Gifts of Distinction
Barrington entered the corporate gifts marketplace eighteen years ago as a manufacturer of upscale one-of-a-kind executive gifts. Initially providing high quality writing instruments and exquisite leather goods, founders David Gowdey and James Sheehan quickly developed a world class workforce and a worldwide presence. They founded Barrington on four firm principles – creating hand-crafted gifts of unparalleled quality, providing their employees valuable growth opportunities, improving the communities in which Barrington operates, and developing mutually beneficial, long-lasting relationships with their clients. Corporate clients include Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Dell, PGA TOUR, Ritz Carlton Club, Lexus and numerous other blue-chip brands. Barrington Gifts are carried in high-end retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Scully & Scully, Brombergs, Gumps and others.

Non-profit organizations interested in participating in Barrington's fund-raising program or media inquiries are encouraged to contact Wes Boyd (Director of Marketing/Sales).


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