BOISE, Idaho - Jeff Noddle, Chairman and CEO of SUPERVALU, announced Friday that donations from this year's Albertsons Boise Open tournament surpassed the million dollar mark again for 2008 when he distributed $1,039,844 to 96 charities at a breakfast hosted by SUPERVALU at The Boise Centre on the Grove. The 2008 charity contribution of $1,039,844 signifies the tournament's largest single-year donation to charity in its 19-year history. Since its inception, the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft has distributed more than $9.5 million to charity, making the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft the largest in terms of charitable contributions among all 30 tournaments on the Nationwide Tour.
The tournament's primary beneficiaries collectively received $300,000. The primary beneficiaries include: 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Ballet Idaho, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Idaho, Discovery House (a facility of the Idaho Youth Ranch), Easter Seals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain, Idaho Botanical Garden, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, NAMI- Boise (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Nampa Family Shelter Coalition, Inc., Regence Caring Foundation for Children, Special Olympics Idaho, and St. Luke's.
SUPERVALU and the tournament provided Boise area non-profit organizations with the opportunity to sell tournament tickets and retain 100 percent of the proceeds for their causes through the Sara Lee TICKETS Fore CHARITY? program. Additionally, SUPERVALU and Sara Lee provided a bonus pool of $50,000, which was distributed among the participating charities based on each charity's sales. Seventy-eight (78) non-profit organizations participated in the Sara Lee TICKETS Fore CHARITY program and generated $623,881 in ticket sales in 2008. When combined with the $52,988 bonus pool, the charitable donations generated from the Sara Lee TICKETS Fore CHARITY program totaled $676,869.
The Rocky Mountain Section PGA Foundation, based in Eagle, Idaho, received a $30,000 donation to assist in the growth of junior golf activities and scholarships as well as for funding educational programs for the PGA Golf Professionals and golfing public.
The tournament and SUPERVALU also continued the long-standing tradition of supporting the men's and women's golf teams at both the University of Idaho and Boise State University. Each school received $5,000 donations from this year's tournament, totaling $10,000.
SUPERVALU and the tournament announced additional donations of $16,000 to the Idaho Lacrosse Association and $2,050 to The Bishop Kelly Foundation.
Lastly, the tournament announced that Nationwide, the Tour's umbrella sponsor, provided the First Tee Chapter of Idaho with a $5,000 donation to aid in the First Tee's mission of impacting the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.
Non-profit grant applications for the 2009 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft are now available. Applications may be downloaded from the tournament website, www.albertsonsboiseopen.com.
Owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour completed its 19th season in 2008. Nationwide, one of the world's largest insurance and financial service providers, finished its sixth year as the umbrella sponsor of the Tour. The Top 25 money winners on the 2008 Nationwide Tour automatically earned playing privileges on the 2009 PGA TOUR. The PGA TOUR is headquarted in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and its web-site is www.pgatour.com.
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2009, September 14-20, at Hillcrest Country Club. The tournament will continue to be broadcast internationally on The Golf Channel to more than 110 million subscribers. The tournament is managed by Jeff Sanders Promotions, based in Portland, Oregon.