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The 2016 PLAYERS Championship generated $8.5 million for local charities, surpassing last year’s record total
At a celebration honoring northeast Florida charities supported by THE PLAYERS Championship, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem announced that the 2016 tournament generated $8.5 million for local charities, surpassing last year’s record total of $8.1 million.
The money generated by THE PLAYERS each year benefits more than 300 charities throughout northeast Florida, totaling more than $84 million in charitable giving since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977.
The substantial increases over the past few years are attributed to a growing, dedicated fan base; support from Morgan Stanley, PwC and Optum, the event’s Proud Partners; and the tireless and selfless efforts of the tournament’s volunteer force.
The announcement was made during THE PLAYERS Charity Celebration hosted by Commissioner Finchem on the back lawn of the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, with the $8.5 million grand total unveiled via video by PGA TOUR player Jim Furyk and his family. The celebration is part of a series of activities during THE PLAYERS 2016 Giving Back Month designed to highlight the work of the many charitable organizations in Northeast Florida that benefit from the tournament.
“While giving back is at the heart of every PGA TOUR event, it’s even more special to see the impact THE PLAYERS can make on the community our organization calls home,” said Finchem. “So many of our neighbors in need will benefit from this record year, and it’s thanks in no small part to the way the community rallies around THE PLAYERS. Generating $8.5 million wouldn’t be possible without the hard work from our team and volunteers, the support of Morgan Stanley, PwC and Optum, and the entire northeast Florida community. Their dedication – not to mention the positive impact that results – is what we celebrate with this announcement.”
Much of the $8.5 million generated from the 2016 PLAYERS benefits local children’s charities, in line with the event’s commitment to generate $50 million for youth-related charities over 10 years. Since that commitment was made in April 2011, more than $38 million has been raised toward that goal. The event is dedicated to making a significant financial impact on local non-profits that promote youth education, health and wellness, and character development.
“That $8.5 million is why our volunteers continue to work tirelessly each year at the tournament and why we look forward to coming back,” said Michele McManamon, 2016 tournament chairman. “I am proud to have been the 2016 tournament chairman and I can’t wait to see the tournament, and the dollars generated for charity, continue to grow.”
Upcoming Giving Back Month events include the annual charity announcement at TPC Sawgrass on November 1 and visits to Five Star Veterans Center (November 7), Pine Castle (November 14), North Shore Elementary School (November 21) and Topgolf with The Boselli Foundation (November 30).
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