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Touchstone Energy Open brings future PGA stars, tourists to eastern. N.C.

Greenville, N.C., May 22 —This week marks the fourth consecutive year that North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy electric cooperatives have sponsored the Touchstone Energy Open at Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville, N.C. This event is a major stop on the National Golf Association (NGA) Hooters Tour. The NGA is a developmental tour for future PGA players, an attraction that brings many spectators and tourists to the eastern part of the state, helping to boost the local economy.

The Ronald McDonald House of eastern North Carolina is the benefiting charity of the event. The Ronald McDonald House serves as a temporary residence for families of children being treated at nearby Eastern Carolina’s Children’s Hospital. It gives families a place to eat, sleep, relax, support and comfort loved ones. Currently, 20 percent of families in need of assistance at this organization are military families.

“Raising money for the Ronald McDonald House through the Touchstone Energy Open is a great partnership for the 850,000 members of the state’s electric cooperatives and is consistent with the core Touchstone Energy value of commitment to community,” said Jane Pritchard, director of corporate communications for North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives.

The NGA Hooters Tour is the third largest professional golf circuit in the United States, and more than 150 golfers will compete for a first-place purse of at least $25,000 at the 72-hole Touchstone Energy Open.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.

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