Tournament to donate to Red Cross after local bridge collapse

August 02, 2007
PGA TOUR staff

BLAINE, Minn. -- Tournament officials, the 3M Championship and the tournament's title sponsor, the 3M Corporation, are committed to supporting local efforts related to the bridge tragedy that has impacted the Twin Cities community.

Tournament organizers will conduct the 3M Championship, a PGA TOUR Champions Tour event, as scheduled beginning Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5 with 78 Champions Tour professionals competing over 54 holes.

As part of the support, the 3M Championship announced today they will be donating additional funds to the local Red Cross over and above the charity dollars already earmarked for Abbott Northwestern, United, Mercy and Unity Hospitals.

"The Champions Tour is about giving back to the communities we serve and our players and staff felt the best way to honor and help those affected by this terrible tragedy is to ensure that our players could assist in supporting local efforts by playing this long standing event that has such a strong charitable history in the Twin Cities area," said Champions Tour President, Rick George. "By playing as scheduled, we allow the tournament's revenue streams of the pro-am being played today and the official competition over the weekend to continue, which will ensure charitable dollars already earmarked will be available."

Bob MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, 3M added: "Our thoughts today are with all those affected by the tragic bridge collapse. 3M Championship charitable contributions this year are directed at emergency services. In addition, the 3M Foundation and 3M employees will make contributions to the local American Red Cross chapter."

"The 3M Championship has annually raised millions of dollars for local hospitals since 1993. We will continue to do that this year and in the future," said the 3M Championship's Executive Director, Hollis Cavner. "In the wake of the recent tragedy in our community, we will additionally raise money for the Minnesota Red Cross through on-site efforts this weekend with support from the tournament, the players and the Champions Tour."

The first round of tournament is scheduled to begin Friday at 8 a.m. CT for the 54-hole competition. David Edwards, who shot 12-under in 2006 to beat Brad Bryant and Craig Stadler by two strokes, earned his first Champions Tour victory at TPC Twin Cities last year.

Player Quotes: "I went over the bridge about a half-hour before the collapse. I went to the ballgame last night. The crowd wasn't the same. It was not an enjoyable experience even though the (Kansas City) Royals won." - Tom Watson

"It puts things into perspective. How fate plays into your life. It's an awfully scary thing. I don't have an answer, I was out here when it happened." -Jay Haas