Gary Player To Host Star-Studded Charity Event In New York

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Berenberg Gary Player Invitational to Benefit The Player Foundation

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The Berenberg Gary Player Invitational forms part of the world-leading charity golf series, which has helped The Player Foundation raise more than $62 million for charities worldwide.

Black Knight International and Berenberg announced today that the 2016 Gary Player Invitational series will continue to celebrate the Union of Golf and Giving at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, New York on August 28 and 29.

The Berenberg Gary Player Invitational event promises to be a tremendous gathering of interesting celebrities, professional golfers and athletes. An 18-hole tournament will be followed by a gala dinner and charitable auction. The 6,900-yard Gary Player designed course layout will provide a stern test and fantastic backdrop for the two-day affair. It will mark the U.S. event’s second visit to the Tri-State area, after an already successful series of events this year in Abu Dhabi, Tokyo and London.

“I truly feel like we only just scratched the surface with our inaugural event at GlenArbor Golf Club last year and I am thrilled to return this summer to build on what we started and raise even more awareness and funds for The Player Foundation,” said Gary Player. “We are so fortunate to have a fantastic sponsor in Berenberg, the German investment bank, and we share a mutual passion for giving back and helping impoverished communities around the world.”

“We look forward to returning to New York for the U.S. leg of the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational following another successful event at Wentworth Club in London last month where we raised more than $150,000,” said Hendrik Riehmer, Managing Partner of Berenberg. “Our partnership with Gary Player has been rewarding on many levels and our efforts certainly will help The Player Foundation reach its ultimate goal of raising $100 million for charity.”

The U.S. portion of the global series returns to GlenArbor Golf Club after an enormously successful event last year. Some of the biggest names in golf and business came together, raising funds for The Player Foundation. Once again, this year’s event will bring together an all-star field including Tom Watson, Branden Grace, Bill Haas, Jay Haas, Camilo Villegas, Tom Lehman, Kevin Kisner, Tony Finau, Trevor Immelman, Mark O’Meara, Padraig Harrington, Mike Weir, Jhonattan Vegas, Carly Booth, Alex Peters, Briana Mao, Blair O’Neal, Paige Mackenzie, Henni Zuel, Emily Talley, Kristy McPherson, Tina Mickelson, Nicole Hage, Victoria Elizabeth, Victoria Lovelady, Anna Rawson and more.

“It’s an honor to be staging the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational at GlenArbor Golf Club,” said Grant Gregory, Chairman of GlenArbor Golf Club. “We are thrilled to welcome some of the best players in the game to our course and support such a tremendous cause.”

The Berenberg Gary Player Invitational forms part of the world-leading charity golf series, which has helped The Player Foundation raise more than $62 million for charities worldwide. The Player Foundation’s goal is to donate $100 million by 2025 in the support of children’s charities, the betterment of impoverished communities, and the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the world.

The series will continue later this year in China and South Africa.

Contact:

Bo Wood – Black Knight International
b.wood(at)garyplayer(dot)com
+ 1 864 477 2720

Meagan Fester – Black Knight International
meagan(at)garyplayer(dot)co(dot)za
+27 21 448 7777

Notes to the editors:

ABOUT BLACK KNIGHT INTERNATIONAL
Established in 1983 by Marc Player, Black Knight International is a global holding company for The Player Group and the constantly expanding family of Gary Player® brands. With a powerful presence in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Black Knight is a multicultural and multilingual company offering branded services for the leisure and real estate industries. This rapidly growing firm is diverse and infused with the same tenaciousness and drive as Gary Player, world renowned iconic golfer. The holding company divisions include: Gary Player Design, Player Real Estate, Black Knight Enterprises, Black Knight Solutions, Black Knight Capital, Gary Player Academies, and The Player Foundation.

ABOUT THE PLAYER FOUNDATION
The Player Foundation was established in 1983 by Marc Player. What began as an effort to provide education, nutrition, medical care and athletic activities, for a small community of disadvantaged children living on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa has now blossomed into an organization that circles the globe bringing aid to underprivileged children and impoverished communities.

The Foundation is funded primarily by six Gary Player Invitational events presented through Black Knight International. Pairing celebrities and professional golfers from the PGA and Champions Tours with businessmen and international sports figures, the annual tournaments are staged in the United States, China, Europe and South Africa. The proceeds of these tournaments and other special events provide funding for an ever-expanding number of institutions around the world, including the Blair Atholl Schools in South Africa, the Pleasant City Elementary School in Palm Beach, the Masizame in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, and AIDS infected children in Baoshan, a drug-infested city located on the China-Burma border. Since its establishment, The Player Foundation has donated more than $60 million to the support of children’s charities, the betterment of impoverished communities and the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the world.

Gary Player, acknowledged as a world-class humanitarian, believes that the strength of our future depends upon the abilities of our children. “I have found that the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others does not thrust itself upon us,” Player says, “But we do not need to look hard for it either. When you spot the chance to give back to the world, act on it. You will have made life better, for others, and for yourself.”

The Gary Player Foundation is a non-profit 501 C (3) organization managed by Black Knight International in Palm Beach, Florida.

ABOUT BERENBERG

Berenberg was established in 1590 and today we are one of Europe’s leading privately owned banks. With our headquarters in Hamburg and strong presences in Frankfurt, London, New York and Zurich we work from 19 offices across Europe, America and Asia. We deliver our expertise through four divisions – Private Banking, Investment Banking, Asset Management and Corporate Banking. Our Managing Partners lead Berenberg’s 1,250 professionals in their commitment to delivering a modern and efficient service, while maintaining a firm connection with our heritage and traditions.

“We are proud to call Gary Player our Brand Ambassador, as he is truly a great Ambassador for the game of golf,” says Dr. Hans-Walter Peters, Managing Partner of Berenberg. “This must be measured not just in terms of his career achievements as a Grand Slam Champion, but also in driving such outstanding philanthropic initiatives as the Gary Player Invitational series. The event’s great virtues and its ability to give so much back to charity is one of the many reasons we have chosen this sponsorship as an important business platform for years to come.”

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