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A look into this year's Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is happening next month -- so preparations are happening now!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Soon enough the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will be back on and today, 13 ON YOUR SIDE learned more about the mission of the big event.

The Meijer LPGA Classic is happening from June 12 to June 17 at the Blythfield Country Club. The fifth annual tournament's goal is to raise one million dollars for food pantries in West Michigan. To date, Meijer LPGA Classic has raised more than $3.1 million for the Simply Give program.

Proceeds from the 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will be split among the retailer’s more than 235 food pantry partners participating in the spring Simply Give campaign. The spring campaign kicked off May 13, and will end June 17.

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This year's Grand Taste Food Event will be where you can get samples of food and drinks from local restaurants, breweries and Meijer vendors. New this year, the Grand Taste Gardens will be open and feature live music, chef demonstrations, games and even more food. All of the proceeds from each weeks activities -- including these -- will also go towards the Simply Give program.

As for the golf tournament itself, all four previous Meijer LPGA Classic winners are locked in to play this year -- as well as some other up-and-coming golf stars -- totaling 144 of the best women golfers.

To follow the Meijer LPGA Classic before, during and after tournament week, please post about your experience and share your pictures on social media using the hashtags #forehunger, #SimplyGive and #MeijerGives.

To learn even more about the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, visit their website. If you're interested in purchasing tickets click here.

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.