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2012 Wells Fargo Championship raises $1.3 million for charity

November 15, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C-  On behalf of Champions for Education, the Wells Fargo Championship announced today donations of $1.3 million to designated local charitable organizations.
 
Champions for Education, is the non-profit organization that manages and operates the Wells Fargo Championship, Charlotte’s premier PGA TOUR event.

As a result of the 2012 tournament, Champions for Education contributed $600,000 to Charlotte’s Teach For America, the tournament’s primary charity. The remaining funds were distributed to Levine’s Children’s Hospital, Charlotte-Mecklenburg YMCA, the First Tee of Charlotte and other Charlotte-area organizations that provided support to the tournament either throughout the year or during tournament week. These included educational foundations, youth organizations, outreach programs and relief efforts.

In the past ten years, Champions for Education has contributed $14.8 million to charitable organizations.

“This spring we celebrated our 10th anniversary and once again the support and enthusiasm we received from individuals and groups allowed us to raise funds for some very important organizations here in Charlotte,” Kym Hougham, Executive Director of the Wells Fargo Championship said. “The positive impact we are able to make in Charlotte and around the region is a direct result of the efforts of people who are willing to share their time and energy. With support from Wells Fargo, our corporate partners, volunteers, and loyal fans, we are humbled by the positive impact we can have on Charlotte-area organizations and nonprofits.”

Teach For America has been the tournament’s primary charitable beneficiary since 2003. In total, the organization has received nearly $9 million in tournament proceeds to support its national and local efforts to expand educational opportunity.

“We’re deeply grateful for the support of Wells Fargo and Champions for Education,” said Tim Hurley, Executive Director of Teach For America–Charlotte, “Every day, with this support, our corps members work with parents and families across Charlotte to help students access the exceptional educational opportunities they deserve.”

“Wells Fargo remains committed to making a real difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Kendall Alley, Wells Fargo Regional President in Charlotte. “Through our sponsorship of the Wells Fargo Championship over the last decade, we’ve been able to support important organizations, like Teach for America, as they help create a brighter future for children in the Queen City.” 

The 2013 Wells Fargo Championship is scheduled for April 29-May 5. Tickets are currently on sale. Patrons can purchase tickets and research Hospitality and Premium Ticket options by visiting www.wellsfargochampionship.com or by calling (800) 945-0777. 

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