Champions For Education

Champions for Education, based in Charlotte, NC, is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation created when the tournament was founded by Wells Fargo, Quail Hollow Club and the PGA TOUR in 2002. The Wells Fargo Championship serves as the principal fundraiser for the organization's efforts to support local and regional charitable organizations.

The creation of a non-profit organization to operate a PGA TOUR event is not unusual. Most of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour events are structured to provide a flow-through organization where money is contributed to charity after each tournament. Once the tournament is complete, the operational expenses are paid and the board of Champions for Education can determine how much charitable donations it can make within the community. To date, Champions for Education has donated over $20 million to Charlotte and Wilmington (site of the 2017 tournament) to local charitable foundations.

Board of Directors

  • Kendall Alley
    Wells Fargo Regional President
    Charlotte Region

  • Nicholas Carey
    Wells Fargo
    Vice President, Sponsorships

  • Mike Crum
    Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
    Chief Operating Officer

  • Mac Everett
    Wells Fargo Championship
    General Chairman

  • John W. Harris
    Lincoln Harris
    President and CEO

  • Felix Sabates
    Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte
    Chairman

  • Thomas Skains
    Retired Piedmont Natural Gas
    Chairman, President & CEO

  • Eric Steigerwalt
    Brighthouse Financial
    President and CEO

  • Michael Tarwater
    Retired Carolinas HealthCare System
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Richard "Stick" Williams
    Retired Duke Energy Foundation President

Tournament Staff

  • Hollis Cavner - Executive Director

  • Gary Sobba - Tournament Director

  • Tony Schuster - Operations Director

  • Lee Patterson - Director of Communications

  • James Stevens - Partnership Relations and Marketing Director

  • Christine Lockett - Director of Digital Communications, Technology & Project Mgmt.

  • Gwen Crow - Director of Player Services & ProAms

  • Paula Burnett - Volunteer Coordinator

  • Scott Auker - Corporate Partnerships Director

  • Chad Walser - Corporate Partnerships Associate

  • Cameron Wells - Tournament Assistant