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HJI Supports Ben Curtis Foundation

40 Years of Supporting Local Organizations:

Hudson Junior Invitational Gives Back


Hudson, OH (February 1, 2018):    For 2018 the Hudson Junior Invitational (HJI) will be supporting the Ben Curtis Family Foundation, a local organization working to end childhood hunger in our surrounding communities.  This will mark the fortieth year that the HJI has made a charitable donation supporting big and small organizations making huge impacts in Hudson and our surrounding communities. 


This winter we are excited to announce that not only will be supporting the Ben Curtis Family Foundation (BCFF) in the coming year, but that we also supported their holiday bag drive in 2017.  Since 2013, the BCFF has provided over 20,000 bags of food and snacks that have gone home with kids in the Kent area. The Ben Curtis Family Foundation is filling a void for hungry children in his adopted home town.


Ben Curtis competed in the Hudson Junior Invitational in 1993, and many remember when he shocked the golf world by winning The Open Championship in 2003 and was named Golfer Champion of the Year. Ben earned 4 career victories on the PGA Tour and in 2008 earned a spot on the USA Ryder Cup Team at Valhalla. When Ben wasn’t on the course he was at home with his wife Candace where they learned of the immediate need in their community, our neighboring friends. 


Candace and Ben first started a backpack program called Ben’s Birdie Bags. The Birdie Bags go home with students over long weekend and consist of nine meals and six snacks. These bags are sent home with food-insecure children at elementary schools in Kent. We are proud to be supporting the BCFF and their efforts as they plan to expand to Streetsboro, Twinsburg and Rootstown. 


In addition to the Ben Curtis Family Foundation, we are proud to announce that we made donations to Hudson Athletic Booster Club and Akron Children’s Hospital in 2017.  Both organizations have long-standing relationships with the HJI and we are proud to continue to support and provide where help is needed. 


Much of the financial support that the HJI annually provides is a direct result in the Junior-Am. To learn more about the 2018 Hudson Junior Invitational or how you can participate in this year’s event, please visit


To learn more about the Ben Curtis Family Foundation please visit:


Hudson Junior Invitational Golf Tournament is one of the oldest junior invitational held annually in the country and arguably one of the most prestigious to participate in as a junior. Historically this event attracts one of the strongest field of the summer circuit attracting players on a national and international level.

As the fundraising event connected to the HJI, the Junior-Am is the exclusive Sponsor event that takes place on Monday morning the day prior to the start of the tournament. Your group will be paired with a participant from this year’s field. There are limited spots, don’t miss out!


Monday, February 5, 2018