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Charley Hoffman pledges entire Shriners paycheck to Las Vegas shooting victims

October 31, 2017

By Doug Milne, PGA TOUR Staff

Editor's Note: Fans wishing to join TOUR players in supporting the Las Vegas shooting victims and their families can do so by making donations through PGA TOUR Charities’ Together, anything’s possible site (click on the red “GIVE” button above). From October 30 through November 20, all donations taken in by the site will be distributed to the Direct Impact Fund. 

On October 1, a hard-charging U.S. Presidents Cup Team posted a convincing 19-11 victory over the International Team at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. Later that evening, a much-deserved celebration ensued in New York City. Among those reveling team members was Charley Hoffman, who had made his first U.S. Team appearance and was soaking up every bit of the experience and celebration.

At one point in the evening, Hoffman began receiving text messages about a tragedy occurring 2,200 miles away in Las Vegas. His concern grew, but it wasn’t until the following morning that he became fully aware of the massacre that had crippled one of America’s most vibrant and celebrated cities.

“My first thought when I got all the news was ‘How could this happen? What happened and how many people were hurt or killed?’” Hoffman recalled thinking as he made his way back to the West Coast.

Beneath the bright lights of high-rise hotels, casinos and ’round-the-clock action, Las Vegas is also home to many. And while San Diego is where Charley and Stacy Hoffman (and their two girls) live now, the 1999 University of Nevada Las Vegas grad called the City of Lights home for 20 years, and it still remains a bright spot in his heart.

When a gunman opened fire from a nearby hotel on those attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas strip, killing 58 and leaving 546 wounded, the lights came down. One of the few places in the world that never stops, stopped.

But, true to form, Las Vegas would begin to emerge from the ashes of grief and despair. Efforts to render a people or place powerless often lead to a unifying resolve to rise above.  In the days and weeks that followed, organizations and individuals from all corners of the globe became one in a collective effort to help.

With the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas center stage in the golfing world this week, Charley and Stacy saw no better time to help brighten things up.    

“This week, we decided to donate my full paycheck from the tournament to PGA TOUR Charities, which puts 100 percent of it back into the Las Vegas relief effort,” said Charley. “The idea actually started with the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Executive Director Adam Sperling. He approached me about how we could do something for the community and maybe get some players to give donations when they register for the event. I knew I wanted to give something back, so after discussions I decided there was no better way to give back than to donate my entire paycheck. After all, I was a part of this community for my college education and lived here for 20 years.”

Hoffman, who will be making his 13th start in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, remains close to the roots, which have helped keep him so grounded. As such, he is encouraging his fellow competitors in this week’s event to pledge an amount of their choosing to the Direct Impact Fund via PGA TOUR Charities.

“We still have many, many ties to the Las Vegas community….friends, family,” Charley said. “It’s a place that is near and dear to our hearts. She agreed that there were no drawbacks to giving back in this way.”

“Las Vegas is our second home,” said Stacy Hoffman. “We knew people at the concert and have friends who know people who were directly affected by the shooting. We can’t imagine what the victims and their families are going through. Our hearts go out to everyone who was there that night, and we feel fortunate to be able to help with the recovery process.”

The Hoffmans’ propensity to lend a hand began long before the Las Vegas shooting. In 2009, Charley and Stacy created the Charley Hoffman Foundation in San Diego. The goal of the Foundation is to provide funds to organizations which benefit children in San Diego and Las Vegas.

“Stacy and I initially started giving back in only San Diego,” Charley said of the early years. “But, we then talked about how we could extend beyond that area and include Las Vegas. So, we started the Foundation, which has turned into a great thing.”

Purely a grassroots effort, Charley and Stacy initially ran the organization themselves. But, as the Foundation grew and the success stories became more substantial, they created a small, paid staff to handle the Foundation’s day-to-day operations.  

“Growing up and playing the PGA TOUR was something I always dreamed of doing,” said Charley. “And, being able to give back to the communities I grew up in and lived in gives me more satisfaction and joy than anything. While you aren’t always able to do everything you’d like, we are in a fortunate position to where we can help people, and that’s something we always cherish.”

The Charley Hoffman Foundation puts on two fundraising pro-ams each year. The first is the Monday of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, with the second held this past Monday of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. In this week’s event at TPC Summerlin, three first responders of the Las Vegas massacre were in the field.

When Charley tees it up Thursday in search of his fifth career PGA TOUR win, he and Stacy will place their motivation somewhere it has never before been. The drive this week is geared towards the dollar amount of that first-place prize – so that he can earn it and then give it away.   

“Hopefully, he has a great week and we can hand them a very large check on Sunday,” said Stacy.

“No question about it,” said Charley. “This week, I am really looking forward to the tournament, playing great and being able to make a huge donation to the Las Vegas community.”  

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