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    • Schwab Cup awards grants to non-profits

    By: Sierra Jenkins - Sonoma Valley Sun

    The organizers of one of the country's biggest golf tournaments were talking about a different kind of green on Monday - the kind that can help people. The 2008 Charles Schwab Cup Championship granted over $400,000 to 14 area non-profits this week.
    "Obviously, this is a challenging time for a lot of folks. It allows us to help charities that then help the community. For us to be able to give this money back is a pleasure," said Leon Gilmore, executive director of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
    The tournament has been held for the last six years at the Sonoma Golf Club, with a total of $1.8 million donated to non-profits since then.
    The recipients for 2008 included:
    - Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley
    - Sonoma Junior Dragons
    - CommonBond Foundation
    - The Presentation School
    - Hanna Boys Center
    - Sonoma Aquatics
    - Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation
    - Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
    - Vineyard Workers Services
    - Sonoma State University
    - NCGA Foundation
    - The First Tee of Oakland
    - Fairfield-Suisun Rotary
    - Sonoma County YMCA
    The 2009 tournament will mark two decades for the championship, which kicked off its new season in Hawaii last month. The season-long winner, from a pool of 30 professional golfers, will be crowned once again at the Sonoma Golf Club, with a week-long event running from Oct. 27 through Nov. 2.
    "The PGA Tour as an organization exists to create the highest competitive experience for our players and return the greatest amount of money to the communities where we stage our tournaments," said Gilmore.
    "The Charles Schwab Cup Championship is a wonderful event that showcases Sonoma County and all of the wonderful things that we have to offer through national television coverage on the Golf Channel," said Sonoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown. "Additionally, the tournament provides an important economic boost to our businesses and non-profit organizations."
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