The hotel chain, which sponsors the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, has joined Golf Digest by becoming a national sponsor for an art exhibit during Ryder Cup week that will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana, as well as the Illinois PGA Foundation.
The Magnificent Moments Tartan Art on the Avenue exhibition includes 50 hand-painted, five-foot golf sculptures displayed along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile throughout the city.
Crowne Plaza has a golf ball included in the display, painted by artist Steven Lopez. The ball is titled “It’s Good to be Rickie,” picking up the theme of recent commercials featuring touring pro Rickie Fowler, and features images of Fowler and Colonial.
The Ryder Cup will be played Friday through Sunday at Medinah County Club in suburban Chicago.
_ Jimmy Burch