HOUSTON -- The 2012 Shell Houston Open was another successful PGA TOUR tournament for charity.
Proceeds of $2,285,000 from this year's event and the Houston Golf Association's other golf-related activities have been put to work in the Houston community, officials announced on Thursday.
That figure represents an increase of more than $200,000 over 2011 and boosts the Houston Golf Association (HGA) charitable contribution total to nearly $57.5 million since 1974. It also marks the 19th consecutive year the contribution has been $1 million or more.
Shell Oil Company president Marvin Odum and Houston Golf Association president Steve Timms jointly made the announcement at a luncheon at One Shell Plaza. Houston Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez also officially proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 as Shell Houston Open -- A Chance for Children Day.
"We're proud that the Shell Houston Open has gained a reputation as a powerful fund-raiser for youth development programs as well as a world class professional golf tournament," Odum said.
HGA, a 501c (3) non-profit organization, has been promoting golf in the region since 1946. It has been funding local youth-development programs and charitable organizations since 1974.
"Our supporters -- sponsors and volunteers alike -- continue to challenge us to do more to positively impact the lives of young people each year," Timms said. "We salute those stakeholders for helping us in our mission to make our community better."
Shell Oil Company has been title sponsor of Houston's PGA TOUR event since 1992. During that 21-year partnership with Shell, more than 93 percent of the total funding has been generated. Shell's title-sponsorship agreement with the PGA TOUR and HGA runs through the 2017 event.
A part of the overall funding goes to HGA Youth Programs, which include an academic scholarship program as well as The First Tee ® of Greater Houston chapter, which reached more than 90,000 young people 2011-12, and HGA Junior Golf. More than 200 additional worthy causes and non-profit organizations also received donations or gifts-in-kind.
Shell Houston Open ongoing benefiting charities, which annually supply volunteers for the tournament, are: Acres Home Youth Association, Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc., Cenikor Foundation, Inc., and Chinquapin School.
The 2013 Shell Houston Open will be played the week of March 25 to 31 at Redstone Golf Club -- Tournament Course. Hunter Mahan is the defending champion.