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Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial raises over $7 million for charity

(L to R): Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial tournament chairman Bobby Patton, Vance Minter and Craig Nicholson.

November 30, 2012

FORTH WORTH, Texas—The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial capped off a record $7-million year in fundraising November 30 by distributing its final donations to 77 local charities at the annual Colonial Country Club Charities Holiday Breakfast. Throughout the year, more than $7 million has been generated and distributed to more than 100 organizations as a result of the PGA TOUR event.

The championship’s successful fundraising for dozens of local charities places it among the top five on the PGA TOUR in 2012. According to tournament officials, the Birdies for Charity component of the tournament’s annual fundraising efforts brought in more than $5.4 million, one of the best such programs on the PGA TOUR. In that program, 30 local non-profit organizations solicited pledges from individuals and corporations for every birdie made during the 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. As a bonus, the pledge efforts were energized by a matching fund of $162,000 from Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Colonial Country Club and other supporting companies.

“It’s very gratifying to achieve a record level of impact for our community,” noted Colonial Country Club President Vance Minter. “Many dedicated people put in a lot of hard work that results in the success of raising these charity dollars in a difficult economy. The members at Colonial are proud to be part of this effort.”

The tournament has generated cash and services for more than 150 different organizations in the last two decades totaling over $53 million. That includes more than $8 million generated for its primary beneficiary, Cook Children’s Medical Center. The breadth of donations focus on children and support a variety of programs, including camp scholarships for disabled, special needs or low-income children, residency programs/services for abused, neglected and at-risk children, cultural programs/field trips for underserved students, college scholarships, educational mentoring programs, medical diagnostic and treatment services for disabled and low-income children, after-school programs, support services for homeless families and more.

The tournament surpassed the $1-million mark in annual giving in 1998 and has exceeded that level every year since. This is the first year the event has surpassed the $7-million plateau.

“These charities provide important services for so many young people and families in our area,” shared Craig Nicholson, chairman of the Colonial Country Club Charities Committee. “We are thrilled to help improve the lives of needy children in our community, and to honor the great work of all these organizations.”

Colonial and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial tournament officials distributed donations Friday to this year’s final beneficiaries:

  • ACH Child and Family Services
  • AIDS Outreach Center
  • Alliance for Children
  • All Saints Health Foundation
  • Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Worth
  • Breakthrough at Fort Worth Country Day
  • Buckner Children and Family Services
  • Camp Fire USA, First Texas Council
  • Camp Summit
  • Cancer Care Services
  • CASA of Tarrant County
  • Cassata High School
  • Children’s Eye Foundation
  • Child Study Center
  • Christ’s Haven for Children
  • Clayton YES! Child Care
  • Cornerstone Assistance Network
  • Cystic Fybrosis Foundation
  • Easter Seals of North Texas
  • Ekklesia Christian School Outreach
  • The First Tee of Fort Worth
  • Fort Worth Junior Golf Association
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Fort Worth Opera 
  • FW Symphony Orchestra 
  • Gill Children’s Services
  • Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains
  • Girls Inc. of Tarrant County
  • Goodfellow Fund/Star-Telegram Charities
  • Happy Hill Farm
  • Imagination Celebration
  • Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County
  • Impossible Possibilities
  • Junior Achievement of Chisholm Trail
  • Junior League of Fort Worth
  • Kids Hope USA
  • Kids Who Care, Inc.
  • KinderFrogs School (TCU)
  • The Ladder Alliance
  • LeaderKids Fort Worth
  • Learning Center of North Texas
  • Lena Pope Home
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas
  • Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • MHMR Visions
  • Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas
  • NewDay Services for Children and Families
  • Parenting Center
  • Performing Arts Fort Worth
  • Prevent Blindness Texas of Fort Worth
  • REAL School Gardens
  • Reata Rehabilitation
  • Rocky Top Therapy
  • Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
  • SafeHaven of Tarrant County
  • Schola Cantorum of Texas
  • Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County
  • Tarrant Area Food Bank
  • Tarrant County Challenge
  • TCU Roland Harper Memorial Scholarship
  • Texas Boys Choir
  • Texas Girls’ Choir
  • Texas Golden Gloves Athletic Association
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • Theater Arlington
  • Trinity Habitat for Humanity
  • United Negro College Fund
  • Van Cliburn Foundation
  • The WARM Place
  • Wings of Hope Equitherapy
  • A Wish With Wings
  • Women’s Center
  • YMCA Fort Worth
  • YWCA of Fort Worth
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