August 25, 2008 // Franchising.com // Dublin, Ohio - Officials from the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge today announced a new two-year agreement with Harrah's Entertainment to host the made-for-television event in 2008 and 2009. For 2008, Rio Secco Golf Club, located in Henderson, Nevada, will host the official pro-am on November 10 and the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge professional competition on November 11.
The Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge is the only professional golf tournament that pits three players from the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours against each other in competitive, head-to-head threesomes for Tour bragging rights and a share of the $1 million purse. Each threesome consists of one player from each Tour competing in two separate, nine-hole stroke play matches. The one-of-a-kind contest is scheduled to air on ABC Television December 13 and 14, 2008.
The primary objective of the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge has remained constant throughout the 16-year history of the event -- generate national awareness and funds for foster care adoption programs for the event's sole beneficiary, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Through 2007, more than $25 million has been raised.
"We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Harrah's," said Denny Lynch, Wendy's Senior VP, Communications. "Harrah's and the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge have the same commitment to providing the ultimate golf experience. We look forward to working in partnership with their team to provide a world-class setting for our Event and continue to generate funding and awareness for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption."
"We look forward to serving as host for the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge," said Eric Dutt, Vice President – Las Vegas Golf Operations at Harrah's Entertainment. "The event will allow us to showcase Rio Secco Golf Club to a national audience. Equally important, we are pleased to align our company with the tremendous work being done by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption."
Home to the Butch Harmon School of Golf, Rio Secco Golf Club was designed by renowned architect Rees Jones. The golf course lies at the foothills of the Black Mountain Range, and features six holes through steep canyons, six holes on a plateau overlooking The Strip, and six holes in a broad desert plain.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 150,000 children in North America's foster care systems waiting to be adopted. Created by Wendy's® founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted as a child, the Foundation leads programs such as Wendy's Wonderful Kids, placing adoption recruiters throughout the U.S. and Canada to find permanent, loving families for children in the foster care system, and Adoption-Friendly Workplace, encouraging employers to offer adoption benefits to their employees. The Foundation also works with adoption advocates and officials to streamline the adoption process and make adoption more affordable for families. As the only foundation dedicated exclusively to foster care adoption, we are driven by Dave's simple value: Do what's best for the child. To learn more about the Foundation's work, please visit www.DaveThomasFoundationforAdoption.org .
Gracefully draped across 240 acres in the foothills of the Black Mountain Range and located 15 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Rio Secco Golf Club is renowned for its world-class golf experience and acclaimed Butch Harmon School of Golf. The 7,318-yard, par 72 course was named in USA Today newspaper among the "Top Ten Golf Destinations in the World." Offering instruction for newcomers and professionals alike, The Butch Harmon School of Golf is famed for working with such talents as Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink and Natalie Gulbis. Located in Henderson, Nevada, Rio Secco is a Harrah's Entertainment golf destination. Other Harrah's Entertainment golf courses are: Grand Bear, in Biloxi, Mississippi; The Links at Cottonwoods, in Tunica, Mississippi; the historic Atlantic City Country Club, in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Chariot Run, in Laconia, Indiana; Cascata, in Boulder City, Nevada; and The Orient Golf Club, in Macau. More information about Rio Secco Golf Club is available online at www.riosecco.net ; Ph (702) 777-2400.