Bob Hope Classic Nets $1.8 Million for Charities; Writer Suggests Creative Solution

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In California, Stacy Wiedmaier reports that “more than three dozen local charities … were awarded $1.8 million” recently from the PGA Tour Bob Hope Chrysler Classic representatives. Wiedmaier adds that “about 60 charities apply for help” each year, and “an evaluation committee decides which charities to fund after studying financial statements, learning who and how many people they serve, and visiting the sites.”

The tournament’s Administrative Director, Dawn Suggs, said, “The first year we awarded around $15,000. We have built an extensive history and strong relationships with many organizations. This is what we work for all year.” The organizers have “awarded … more than $47 million since the tournament began in 1960” (Stacy Wiedmaier, Palm Springs Desert Sun, 1/23). Read the entire article from the Palm Springs Desert Sun

Player Donations? In Florida, Garry Smits writes under the header, “The PGA Tour and the Economy: Five Things I Would Do.” For No. 3 on the list, Smits borrows from Golf World’s Ron Sirak. Smits: “Ron Sirak of Golf World had this idea: to make sure the Tour’s charities don’t lose contributions because corporate hospitality, pro-am sales or ticket sales decline, every player should donate 2 percent of his winnings in every tournament he enters to that event’s signature charity. If he missed the cut, make it $500. First of all, they can afford it. Second of all, can you imagine the public relations boost the players would get?” (Garry Smits, Florida Times-Union, 1/23). Read the entire article from the Florida Times-Union