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THUNDER BAY, ON  -----PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL ----March 8, 2015 ---– The PGA TOUR announced today that charitable donations in 2014 were a record $140.5 million. This total includes donations made by tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR China and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

With the announcement, the all-time total donated to charity is $2.14 billion since the first-ever charitable contribution of $10,000 at the 1938 Palm Beach Invitational. Of that total, more than $1 billion has come since the TOUR surpassed the $1-billion plateau in 2005. The $2-billion mark was passed in January of last season.

“This record charitable output is a testament to the hard work and tireless efforts of our tournaments, sponsors, players and, especially, our volunteers,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, who made the announcement during this week’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. “This achievement is remarkable and reflects the tremendous impact that is being felt in communities all over the world.”

Earlier this year, it was announced that the Waste Management Phoenix Open had surpassed $100 million in charitable donations in its history, becoming the third PGA TOUR event to have generated that much for charity, joining the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Expected to join that illustrious grouping in three weeks is the Valero Texas Open, which has donated more than $95 million to charity in its history, including more than $90.5 million since Valero became title sponsor of the event in 2002.

In 2014, five PGA TOUR events generated more than $7 million for charity, including three – Valero Texas Open, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial – that donated more than $9 million. There were six Champions Tour events that donated more than $1 million to charity, including the Shaw Charity Classic which was over $2 million. The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft led the Web.com Tour with donations of more than $1.45 million.

The World Golf Championships, a series of four international championships, have surpassed a significant milestone with the series generating more than $50 million for charitable causes since their debut in 1999.

Unlike other professional sports organizations, the PGA TOUR relies onStaal Foundation Open more than 100,000 volunteers annually to run its tournaments, and the vast majority of its tournaments are structured as non-profit organizations designed to donate 100 percent of net proceeds to charity. Community beneficiaries include a wide variety of organizations including hospitals, youth development organizations, growth-of-the-game programs and food banks.

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As part of PGA TOUR Canada, the Staal Foundation Open aligns itself with one of the pre-eminent golf brand in the world. PGA TOUR will dedicate in-market expertise and commit the full resources of PGA TOUR to ensure the Thunder Bay Golf Classic is conducted to PGA TOUR standards and becomes a marquee tournament on PGA TOUR Canada.

 A marquee event on PGA TOUR Canada - July 13 to July 19, 2015 at Whitewater Golf Club


About PGA TOUR

The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.

The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2014, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $140 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR’s all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

As part of PGA TOUR Canada, the Staal Foundation Open aligns itself with one of the pre-eminent golf brand in the world. PGA TOUR will dedicate in-market expertise and commit the full resources of PGA TOUR to ensure the Thunder Bay Golf Classic is conducted to PGA TOUR standards and becomes a marquee tournament on PGA TOUR Canada.

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