Buick Exceeds $33 Million In Charitable Donations Through Its Golf Sponsorship Program
DETROIT - Buick has raised more than $33 million for charities through its title-sponsored PGA Tour events.
The Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich., has generated $7.9 million for Southeastern Michigan charities since 1982, including a record $764,000 from the 2005 Buick Open.
The Buick Invitational (since 1992) in La Jolla, Calif. has generated $7.8 million for local charities in the San Diego area, including a record $1.2 million in 2005.
Previously sponsored Buick tournaments, including the Buick Challenge (Pine Mountain, Ga.); the Tampa Bay Classic presented by Buick; and the Buick Classic in Harrison, N.Y., donated more than $17 million dollars to local charities in those markets.
Additionally, Buick's sponsorship of the Buick Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut has furthered Buick's commitment to supporting charity. Since its inception in 1952, the tournament has enabled the Greater Hartford Jaycees and the Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation to donate more than 24 million dollars to charities in the Greater Hartford Region.
"Golf gives us a great opportunity to give back and be a part of the communities in our tournament markets," said Steve Shannon, Buick general manager. "We are very pleased to be able to continue this tradition of giving to the many worthy organizations who provide badly needed programs and services for so many people."
Buick is the title-sponsor of three PGA Tour events in 2006: Tiger Woods won his fourth Buick Invitational title at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif. (Jan. 23-29); Brad Faxon will defend his title at The Buick Championship at the TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. (June 26 - July 2); and Vijay Singh goes for his third consecutive Buick Open title at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. (July 31 - Aug. 6);
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