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Charitable impact of $2,316,623 generated by 2015 Shell Houston Open

November 13, 2015

HOUSTON– Leaders from Shell Oil Company and Houston Golf Association (HGA) announced today that $2,316,623 was raised for local charities by the 2015 Shell Houston Open and HGA’s other golf-related activities. These funds will be put to use in the Houston area through contributions made to more than 250 charitable organizations.

Since Shell became title sponsor of the PGA TOUR event in 1992, the Shell Houston Open has raised more than $60 million for local causes. Funds are generated annually by net proceeds from tournament revenue, direct contributions through the Charity Partners sponsorship program, and monetary pledges to the Birdies for Charity program.

“It is important to Shell to invest in a world-class event like the Shell Houston Open because of the measurable impact it makes on our local community,” said Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company. “Through the $2.3 million raised in 2015, the Shell Houston Open is supporting Houston, making valuable contributions to organizations that will educate future business and community leaders.”

The 2015 charitable contribution announcement was made at the Celebration of Giving luncheon earlier today in Houston, where Odum was joined by Steve Timms, president and CEO of HGA and tournament director of the Shell Houston Open.

“As a nonprofit organization, Houston Golf Association understands the impact that can be made by the generous contributions of others, and we are thrilled to be able to provide these funds to organizations that will benefit tremendously,” Timms said. “We’re pleased to see the Shell Houston Open’s charitable contribution grow from 2014 numbers, and we are looking forward to seeing these dollars put to work.”

Funding goes to HGA Youth Programs, including the HGA Academic Scholarship Program, HGA Junior Golf, and The First Tee® of Greater Houston. This continual funding has enabled growth for The First Tee of Greater Houston, an organization that teaches life skills to children through the game of golf. The local chapter now reaches more than 258,000 children, making it the largest chapter in the worldwide network.

More than 200 additional worthy causes and nonprofit organizations also received donations or gifts in kind, including Shell Houston Open ongoing beneficiaries Chinquapin Prep (since 1979), Cenikor Foundation, Inc. (since 1996), and Project Joy and Hope (since 2014).

In 2016, Shell will celebrate its 25th anniversary as title sponsor of the Shell Houston Open. Next year will also serve as HGA’s 70th year to administer the tournament – to be played March 28-April 3, 2016, at Golf Club of Houston – Tournament Course. Visit ShellHoustonOpen.com for more information on tournament beneficiaries and ways to contribute.

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