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Hyundai Tournament of Champions announces more than $350,000 raised for charity at 2016 event

By Staff | May 12, 2016

Nancy Cross (back row, left), executive director, and Adriana Fisher (back row, third from right), coordinator, hosted the annual charity luncheon with representatives from the Boy Scouts of America, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Hale Makua Health Services, J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui, and Lahainaluna High School Foundation to present checks from the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. A total of $351,633 was raised for these designated beneficiaries and other nonprofit organizations.

KAPALUA – The Hyundai Tournament of Champions announced that the 2016 event raised more than $350,000 for Maui charities. With this year’s addition, the tournament and host organizations have donated more than $5.6 million to Hawaii community charities since its move to Maui in 1999.

The six primary beneficiaries of the 2016 event are Boy Scouts of America-Maui County Council, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Hale Makua Health Services, J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui and Lahainaluna High School Foundation.

As part of their relationship with the tournament, these designated beneficiaries assisted in promoting the event, offsetting costs, providing volunteers and much more.

Additionally, a donation was made to participants of the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association and Maui Junior Golf for their commitment to promoting and growing the game of golf among Hawaii’s youth, along with donations to Lahaina Intermediate School Educational Foundation, Women Helping Women, Maui Food Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui-Lahaina Clubhouse, Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center and Hospice Maui.

Several other local non-profits also benefitted from the tournament through its Golf for Maui Charities program, which gave 501(c)(3) organizations the opportunity to promote the sale of tickets to this year’s tournament and receive 100 percent of the net proceeds.

In addition to the charitable contributions above, there was also a significant donation made to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children via Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels program and the Hope on Wheels 5K held during tournament week. Hyundai Hope On Wheels, a nonprofit organization committed to helping kids fight cancer, is among the leading private funders of pediatric cancer research in the country.

A special donation of $10,000 was made to the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars Foundation in memory of Gary Planos, who served as tournament chairman during the Mercedes-Benz Championship era.

The 2017 Tournament of Champions returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua on Jan. 4-8. All four competitive rounds will be broadcast on the Golf Channel.

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