RCI Sponsors 13th Annual Christel House Open to Drive Out Poverty


For the 9th consecutive year, RCI will be the title sponsor for the Christel House Open International Charity Golf Tournament. The charity event will benefit Christel House and their mission to break the cycle of poverty.

Established in 1998, Christel House provides programming and education to help impoverished children around the world. Through their international schools, Christel House supports children from “kindergarten through job placement” to become strong, functioning members of society.

President of RCI, Gordon Gurnik, shared,

“Christel House transforms the lives of disadvantaged children by giving them the tools and opportunities they need to progress, and we are honored and humbled to be a small part of this work. Last year’s tournament raised nearly $800,000. With the support of our timeshare and hospitality colleagues, we hope to exceed that amount in 2015 to help even more children get the services and care they need and deserve.”

Golfers, sponsors, and volunteers are all invited to attend the 13th annual event and support Christel House International. The event is comprised of 12 individual golf tournaments. The first tournament was recently held in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 26th, 2015 and the remaining tournaments will take place now through June. Events will be held around the world, in locations such as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Oxfordshire, England.

RCI has been an active sponsor for Christel House since their establishment. In fact, Christel DeHaan, the co-founder of RCI, also created Christel House. DeHaan currently serves as the charity’s CEO.

DeHaan commented,

“RCI has been making a difference in the world through corporate social responsibility and volunteer initiatives for more than 40 years. Giving back has always been a pillar of the company’s culture. We are tremendously grateful to RCI for choosing Christel House as its charity of choice and for stepping up another year as the Title Sponsor of the 2015 Christel House Open. Lives are being transformed. What a noble mission to support and what a story to tell!”

For more information on the Christel House Open Golf Tournament, visit chopen.org.