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Charity

Eisenhower Medical Center and 40 other charities

In 1960, the tournament's founders saw a two-fold purpose in starting the event which evolved into the Humana Challenge. They could promote the local area and its golf courses, and raise significant amounts for local charitable organizations, with the initial emphasis on building a new mid-valley hospital.

Perhaps no PGA TOUR event has had the impact on the development of its local area as has the Humana Challenge. Since its founding, the tournament has distributed more than $52.5 million in charitable funds to local organizations. That vast amount of money has had a huge influence on the lives of everyone living in our beautiful desert area.

In 1960, the tournament's founders saw a two-fold purpose in starting the event which evolved into the Humana Challenge. They could promote the local area and its golf courses, and raise significant amounts for local charitable organizations, with the initial emphasis on building a new mid-valley hospital. Those goals were far surpassed over the years. Just take a drive along Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage and see Eisenhower Medical Center, which some have dubbed "the hospital that golf built".

Nearly 200 other charities have benefited from the Humana Challenge. Most of those groups assist children, the needy and homeless, and disabled individuals. One of those organizations - Martha's Village & Kitchen - was even named the PGA TOUR's Charity of the Year in 1997.

The tournament has supported all seven Boys and Girls Clubs in the Coachella Valley; programs that distribute food to those in need; and groups, such as the Stroke Activity Center, who assist the disabled in leading active lives.

The Humana Challenge has touched the lives of thousands of people, all for the better. The tournament celebrates its success by giving back to the community -- and looks forward to continuing its mission for many years to come.

Over $52.5 million has been donated in the previous 55 years.