A total of £278,000 was raised for the Prostate Project and the European Tour Foundation during a hugely successful fundraising drive at the 2019 BMW PGA Championship Gala Dinner on Saturday evening.
The Prostate Project and the European Tour Foundation – which is the tour’s charitable arm – will benefit from the funds raised through table sales and auction prizes at the star-studded Gala Dinner, as members of rock band _The Faces _were reunited on stage at Wentworth ahead of the BMW PGA Championship, the fourth Rolex Series event of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, taking place from September 19-22.
Music legends Sir Rod Stewart, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, and The Who drummer Kenney Jones performed a fabulous 90-minute set in at the famous Surrey venue alongside Jim Cregan, delighting the 400 guests in attendance with their catalogue of classics including ‘You’re in My Heart’, ‘Stay With Me’, ‘Maggie May’, and ‘Sweet Little Rock and Roller’.
Jones, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013, was overwhelmed by the money raised for the Prostate Project as they continue their work in raising awareness and improving the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
“The 2019 BWM PGA Championship Gala Dinner was an incredible evening and I want to thank everyone for their generosity and support for such a worthy cause,” said Jones, an ambassador for the Prostate Project.
“It was wonderful to have my good friends Rod, Ronnie and Jim take the stage on Saturday evening at Wentworth in what was another amazing opportunity to raise funds for a charity very dear to my heart in the Prostate Project. I simply cannot thank them enough.
“The Prostate Project is a local charity and one that helped me immensely, and of course many others. Having been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013, I know first-hand the support this charity offers, and I am delighted we could showcase the fantastic work of this organisation.”
Nick Rose, Head of European Tour Foundation, said: “On behalf of the European Tour Foundation and the Prostate Project, I would like to thank everyone involved in the BMW PGA Championship Gala Dinner.
“A huge amount of effort went in to bring this event together and the money raised will make a massive difference to both charities.”
Tickets to see a world-class field battle it out for the BMW PGA Championship title at Wentworth Club this week are on sale now.
World Number Two Rory McIlroy will be one of ten players from last year’s triumphant European Ryder Cup team in attendance, alongside Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, defending champion Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, as well as their captain Thomas Bjørn.
American stars Tony Finau, Billy Horschel, Andrew Putnam and Patrick Reed will also make the journey across the Atlantic, taking advantage of the tournament’s change of date from May to September.
Fans can also buy tickets to see a top class line-up of entertainment on the Slingsby Show Stage in the BMW Championship village, with Rudimental headlining on Saturday night (September 21) and Anne-Marie bringing the curtain down on Sunday September 22.
To find out more about the Prostate Project, visit www.prostate-project.org.uk