"Birdies for Books" InitiativeWE'RE TRACKING TONY'S SUCCESS ON THE GOLF COURSE AND TURNING BIRDIE PUTTS INTO BOOKS FOR KIDS AND SCHOOLS IN NEED.
BIRDIES FOR BOOKS
Ahead of the 2021 Texas Valero Open, Tony announced that he would be donating books to kids and schools in need in conjunction with his success on the golf course. This will take place every week that Tony is competing on the PGA TOUR. Here’s the breakdown:
Birdies = 25 books
Eagles = 50 books
Hole In One = 100 books
As a Foundation, we are so excited to support reading programs in Utah and beyond. It is our hope that through this initiative we can get more books in kids’ hands and provide the resources necessary to teach kids how to read at an early age.
“Reading has changed my life. I want our youth everywhere to have access to books and tutors through this initiative. Reading is one of the best ways to obtain knowledge. With all of the technological advancements in our time, I feel that our youth could benefit from reading the amazing books this work has to offer. The cool thing is, it starts with me. The more birdies I make, the more books our foundation will donate!” – Tony Finau
BIRDIE COUNT: 109
EAGLE COUNT: 4
BOOK COUNT: 3,450
AS OF: JULY 18, 2021
COVID-19 RELIEFWE'VE PARTNERED WITH FOR THE KIDS, INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTHCARE, U OF U HEALTH, AND LATTER DAY SAINT CHARITIES TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO UTAH AND BEYOND.
TONY FINAU FOUNDATION + PROJECT PROTECT
On April 18, 2020 we expanded our COVID-19 relief efforts to include taking care of medical professional and frontline workers in Utah and beyond as part of ProjectProtect by pledging $100,000 to the cause. ProjectProtect is a collaborative effort between Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health, Latter-day Saint Charities, Utah non-profits, and volunteer sewers across the state to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our frontline caregivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The collaboration is producing face shields, medical-grade masks, and reusable isolation gowns to provide our dedicated healthcare workers with the protection they deserve.
Statement from Tony Finau, “It means everything to us. We wanted to get involved in the most meaningful way possible in our community. Our attention turned to helping those on the frontlines as I felt like the utmost importance at this time and during this pandemic. This ProjectProtect was the perfect initiative to support and to helps, so it means everything for me and our foundation to be involved in this capacity to know that we are doing our part as a community, and putting our best foot forward as a community is a big deal.”
“My eyes truly have been opened to this whole pandemic, but to who the true heroes are during this time. Not only today, but every day. Those on the frontlines are saving lives every single day, and we owe it to them as a community to do our part now.”
To get involved, visit projectprotect.health or just serve.org for more information.
TONY FINAU FOUNDATION + FOR THE KIDS
As part of our COVID-19 relief efforts, we partnered with the Salt Lake City based non-profit For the Kids and plan to provide bags of food for 500 students and their families each week for the duration of the pandemic crisis. Every week approximately 30,000 meals are delivered to students in the Rose Park area. Each bundle of food includes breakfast items, snacks, canned food, bulk grains, and an extra treat for the kids.
Speaking of the partnership, Tony Finau said, “As a Foundation we’re excited to partner with For the Kids and help provide relief during an extremely difficult time. Their support of the Rose Park community, where I am from, made this partnership an obvious choice. Our hope is that by taking care of and helping these kids and their families, they will get the nourishment they need and feel the spirit of love and community that makes Salt Lake City, and the whole state of Utah, a great place to call home. We encourage anyone that is in a position to do so, to look for opportunities to serve your community. We’re all in this together!”
For the Kids’ efforts in Rose Park are ongoing, year-round. If you would like to join in the effort and ensure that they receive consistent funding to maintain their deliveries, please visit www.forthekids.org.