Kids Day

Kevin Chappell takes a PGA tour break to raise money for his Valley Children’s charity

Pro golfer Kevin Chappell, fresh off playing in the weekend Phoenix Open, came home Monday for a cause near to his heart.

Chappell hosted a fundraising luncheon at Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno for his Champions for Children’s Oncology Endowment. Donations benefit patient services and programs in Valley Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

Chappell, 31, was treated in Valley Children’s NICU when he was a newborn for underdeveloped lungs. He went on to golf stardom at Buchanan High and UCLA and has been on the PGA Tour since 2011. In 2012, he and his wife, Elizabeth, launched the Kevin Chappell Champions for Children’s Oncology Endowment to raise awareness and money for Valley Children’s cancer program. As of today, that endowment has raised more than $500,000.

During Monday’s fundraiser, Chappell raffled off a signed flag from the 2017 Valero Texas Open, commemorating his first PGA Tour victory, and auctioned off a 2017 Presidents Cup flag signed by all of the players from last year’s U.S. team.

Everyone in the central San Joaquin Valley will have more opportunities to support Valley Children’s in the coming month leading up to the 31st annual Kids Day on Tuesday, March 6. Since 1987, volunteers have fanned out across the Valley, selling special editions of The Bee. At $1 a paper (some people donate more), The Bee and television partner ABC30 have raised more than $8 million for the hospital.