Boeing's above par community engagement shines at Boeing Classic

Annual PGA Tour Champions golf tournament showcases company’s commitment to Washington communities, veterans, and employees

August 27, 2018 in Our Community

Some of golf’s best players battled it out this weekend at the 14th annual Boeing Classic, a PGA TOUR Champions tournament hosted just outside Seattle.

While golf legends like Bernard Langer and local greats like Fred Couples and Kirk Triplett showed their talent on the course, the Boeing Classic also showcased Boeing’s initiatives to support its military veteran employees and local communities.

Thousands of visitors poured into the Club at Snoqualmie Ridge to watch the event, which Boeing has sponsored since 2005. Hundreds of volunteers – approximately a third of them Boeing employees or retirees – provided important support to ensure the event was a success.

Play began Friday with a dramatic flyover of Hainan Airlines’ newest 787-9, the 28th Dreamliner in Hainan’s fleet of more than 400 aircraft. Military Appreciation Day, held on the final day, provided members of the armed forces and veterans free entry to the event. This benefit was also extended to Boeing employees throughout the tournament.

Members of the Boeing Employees Veterans Association, or BEVA, were also on-site at the Patriots Outpost Tent to interact with veterans, thank them for their service, and hand out mementos.

“With more than one thousand Boeing employees currently members of BEVA, we love having opportunities like this to interact with people in the communities where we all live,” said Jerome Wallace, Jr., president of BEVA in the Puget Sound. “It’s great to represent both Boeing and our larger military family.”

Boeing’s title sponsorship of the tournament also highlighted the company’s investment in Washington communities, where nearly half of the company’s global workforce live, work, and play.

“The Boeing Classic is an important way that Boeing gives back to the Puget Sound community,” said Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Since the tournament’s inception in 2005, for instance, it has raised nearly $7 million to support the Benaroya Research Institute and other meaningful charities throughout Washington.”

By Cole Horton