2015 Tip Murphy Golf Tournament Supports the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools Initiative
- by Jessica Donnel
LOVELAND, OH - It’s that time again—when the industry comes together to honor the legacy of the late industry leader, Terrance “Tip” Murphy, raise money for a good cause, and play a few rounds of golf.
On Monday, August 17 at the Oasis Golf Club in Loveland, Ohio, members of all walks of the produce industry will hit the course to support the United Fresh Start Foundation and its partnership with the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative and programs to increase children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables at the Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament.
“Salad bars in schools is an effective strategy to increase children’s produce consumption and empower them to make their own healthy choices in the lunch line,” said Andrew Marshall, Director of Foundation Programs and Partnerships for United Fresh. “Kids are so sophisticated these days and are used to eating out at retail foodservice establishments, more so than in the past. Moving that into school lunches is an amazing way to attract children to the healthy meals being served at school while giving give kids choices and highlighting fresh fruits and veggies. With a salad bar, there’s always something colorful and visually appealing that kids will like.”
United Fresh Produce Association is an advocate for increasing children’s access to fresh produce at school. In 2010, with support from United and other advocates, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. This legislation updated nutrition standards for foods available to students during the school day and required schools to serve both a greater amount and variety of fruits and vegetables in school meals. The Foundation’s partnership in the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative is helping schools achieve these new fruit and vegetable nutrition standards, while highlighting fresh produce in a way that gets students excited to make healthy choices.
For the second year in a row, the Tip Murphy Golf Tournament is donating its proceeds to aid the salad bar program, as well as giving participants a fun day with some of their favorite industry members.
A big supporter of the program, Dave Corsi, the VP of Produce & Floral Operations for Wegmans said, “When I think of Tip Murphy, I remember how passionate he was about the healthy products we serve and loved pulling folks together to do something meaningful for this industry. The Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament is a great example of just that, participating in a day of fun that additionally supports a very worthy cause. I encourage you to play in this tournament which allows us to network with one another, remember our friend Terrance “Tip” Murphy and support the United Fresh Start Foundation's partnership in the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative.”
So far, the program has installed salad bars in over 4,000 schools nationwide, benefitting more than 2 million children every day. Join the movement by registering for the 2015 United Fresh Start Foundation Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament today.
Registration includes your tournament fee, lunch, 18 holes with cart, awards reception, and contest holes including closest-to-the-pin and longest drive. Attendees can register both as an individual or team.
For more information, you can contact United Fresh Start Foundation Director Andrew Marshall by email, by phone: 202-303-3407 or by fax: 202-303-3430.