Press Release: The Players, PGA TOUR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2017


Jim and Tabitha Furyk help THE PLAYERS, PGA TOUR, deliver Christmas Gifts

Families from Hubbard House received Christmas gifts from the TOUR and a surprise gift from THE PLAYERS

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – Marking the 20th year that PGA TOUR staff has purchased Christmas gifts for children and families in need in the Northeast Florida region, more than 300 children will receive toys from the PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS.  The 300 gifts were delivered by 17-time PGA TOUR winner and Ponte Vedra resident Jim Furyk along with his wife, Tabitha, as well as staff from THE PLAYERS Championship to Hubbard House, MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation and the Greater Jacksonville Area USO.

“I am so grateful the PGA TOUR asked me be a part of such a special event,” said Jim Furyk, PGA TOUR player.  “ Tabitha and I live in Ponte Vedra and are very familiar with the amazing work Hubbard House does for the community.   Meeting the people behind the organization has been a blessing for us both. Making an impact in the local communities where are tournaments are played is part of the fabric of the PGA TOUR and we, as players, take great pride in what our TOUR, our sport and our tournaments are able to contribute. But it’s seeing the people who are impacted, first hand, that makes days like today so special.”

During the event, Jim and Tabitha met Angela, a domestic violence survivor, who shared her story about how Hubbard House helped her, and her family, get out of an unsafe environment. 

To add to the holiday spirit, THE PLAYERS surprised Hubbard House with a check for $50,000.

“They gave me another blessing for Christmas and I am so grateful,” Angela, a survivor and former Adopt-a-Family recipient.  “A lot of people, some in worse situations than myself, will get help with this $50,000 donation.  It’s a blessing to see.”

“I’m in shock,” said Dr. Gail A. Patin, CEO of Hubbard House.  “We were so thankful THE PLAYERS, and PGA TOUR, thought of our kids for their Christmas drive. Add this generous donation to that and we are blown away.  Not only will the families we serve have a wonderful holiday, but we now have funds to put towards helping more women in situations similar to Angela.”

Hubbard House is the only certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties.  They work to accomplish three main objectives;  safety for victims and their children, empowerment of victims and social change through education and advocacy. Hubbard House staff and volunteers serve on numerous committees and task forces to work to change the systemic and community response to domestic violence.

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Volunteering at THE PLAYERS is a unique avenue for not only golf fans, but also those looking to support an event that gives millions of dollars back to the community, to become a part of the team that works tirelessly to make the tournament a showcase of excellence. New volunteer registration begins January 2, 2018.  Those that wish to apply to be a volunteer at THE PLAYERS this year, or that want more information, can visit

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