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Largest charitable impact figure raised for local community since event moved to Maui in 1999
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii – Tournament officials and representatives from Sentry Insurance announced today that more than a dozen Maui non-profit organizations benefitted from the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions, which surpassed $500,000 in yearly generated funds.
Sentry Insurance Chief Marketing and Brand Officer Stephanie Smith, joined by Sentry Tournament of Champions officials, non-profit representatives and Mayor Mike Victorino announced that $526,760 was distributed to local community organizations at the J. Walter Cameron Center, one of the tournament’s official beneficiaries and home to Ka Lima O Maui, another of the tournament’s partners.
“As title sponsor of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, we’ve made it our goal to increase the charitable dollars returned to Maui’s non-profit organizations each year,” said Pete McPartland, Sentry chairman of the board, president and CEO. “This year’s results are fantastic—a 75 percent increase since we became title sponsor only four years ago. Our strong partnership with the PGA TOUR to elevate the championship and commitment to be a year-round Maui corporate citizen plays a large role in achieving these results. The island community has welcomed us as family, as Ohana, and we consider Maui our home away from home and treat it as such.”
With this year’s donations, which mark the largest charitable impact figure raised for the local community to date, the tournament has generated more than $7.5 million for community charities since it moved to Maui in 1999.
”This year provided a unique set of challenges, and we saw the tournament come together in so many ways that allowed us to generate these impactful funds to our charitable partners who need it now more than ever,” said Alex Urban, executive director of the Sentry Tournament of Champions. “The support of our players, fans, Sentry Insurance, sponsors, our incredible volunteers and the entire Maui community made it possible for us to support our charities, and we couldn’t be prouder to make a positive difference here on the island.”
The designated beneficiaries of the 2021 event were:
• Boy Scouts of America
• Friends of the Children’s Justice Center
• Hale Makua Health Services
• J. Walter Cameron Center
• Ka Lima O Maui
• Lahainaluna High School Foundation
• Lahaina Junior Golf
As part of their relationship with the tournament, these designated beneficiaries assisted in providing volunteers, donating equipment and supplies, and much more.
Additional nonprofit support
As a thank you to Chris Berman, who lives on Maui for much of the year, for his assistance in promoting the Sentry Tournament of Champions, donations were also made to the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, Connecticut, a favorite charity of Berman’s late wife.
The tournament also donated to Friends of the Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve, to help support their important environmental work that benefits all of Maui.
Several other local non-profits also benefitted from the tournament including First Tee of Maui, Whale Trust, Hui O Wa’a Kaulua, Love the Sea, Maui Preparatory Academy, Paia Community Center, Spare for Change and Kumulani Chapel.
The overall $526,760 donation also included:
• $20,000 in scholarships awarded by Sentry as part of its ongoing scholarship program for Maui public high school students to attend the University of Hawaii and its affiliated Community Colleges. Currently, there are eight students on scholarship as part of the Sentry Scholars program. When fully implemented in fall of 2021, the program will award 12 scholarships annually to local students.
• A $10,000 donation by Sentry to the major complex areas of the Maui Public School System, as part of a mask design contest conducted by the company in conjunction with the tournament. The contest encouraged student artists in Maui and Stevens Point, Wis., (home of Sentry) to design masks that reflect the values of their community. A winning student was chosen from each location, with a charitable donation made to the students’ respective school.
This year’s charitable donation grew as well through Sentry’s support of the “Aloha Friday” tournament tradition, which celebrated its third year in 2021. During Aloha Friday, PGA TOUR players can earn additional charity dollars, contributed by Sentry Insurance, for on-island charities by wearing Aloha print hats, shirts, shoes, and pants.
• A $25,000 donation by Sentry to the Maui United Way.
Sentry charitable support more than $1 million in one year
In addition to the money raised as part of the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions, the Sentry Insurance Foundation made a separate $250,000 donation to the Maui Food Bank, the county’s primary safety net for hunger relief, during tournament week. The donation supported the food bank’s emergency food box distributions across the area to help with hunger and other basic needs.
In May 2020, the Sentry Foundation also donated $200,000 to the Maui United Way as part of a $1.07 million commitment to coronavirus relief across the country.
Additionally, the Sentry Foundation donated $25,000 to the University of Hawaii – Truth Racial Healing Facilitator training program.
In all, Sentry and the tournament’s support for charities on the island of Maui has totaled more than $1 million the past year.
“Over time, we’ve gotten to know the Maui people and better understand the community’s needs,” Smith said. “Through ongoing conversations the past year, we know the pandemic hit the island’s economy particularly hard. We’re committed to help make Maui a better place to live for residents and help those who are struggling to make ends meet. These donations to the United Way’s coronavirus relief fund and to the Maui Food Bank were our way of supporting our Maui Ohana.”
The 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua next January with all four competitive rounds broadcast on GOLF Channel. For more information about the Sentry Tournament of Champions, please visit SentryTournamentOfChampions.com. Fans are encouraged to follow Sentry Tournament of Champions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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