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April 2, 2012

Hyundai Tournament of Champions announces $277,830 in local charitable donations


Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii (April 2, 2012) – Representatives from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the PGA TOUR and Hyundai Motor America gathered at a reception today to celebrate the charitable donations from the 2012 tournament proceeds. More than $277,000 will be distributed to a number of local Maui charities, benefiting a variety of well-deserving organizations. Since the tournament’s inception in 1999, the tournament and its host organizations have donated more than $4 million to Maui Community Charities. 

The six primary tournament beneficiaries from the 2012 event are Boy Scouts of America – Maui County Council, Friends of the Childrens Justice Center, Hale Makua Health Services, J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui and Lahainaluna High School Foundation. These designated beneficiaries partner with the tournament and assist in promoting the event, offsetting costs, providing volunteers and much more. The Hawaii State Junior Golf Association also received a significant donation for their work in promoting and providing opportunities to grow the game of golf for Hawaii’s youth.

Included in the 2012 donation is $23,080 which was raised from a new campaign called Golf for Maui Charities. This unique program gave 18 Maui-based charities the opportunity to promote ticket sales and receive 100 percent of the net proceeds. The participating charities included:

Habitat for Humanity

Hale Kau Kau

Hale Makua Health Services

Hope Chapel

Horizon’s Academy

Lahainaluna High School Foundation

Maria Lanakila Church

Maui Family YMCA

Maui Farm

Maui Humane Society

Maui Prep Academy

Mediation Services of Maui

Montessori Hale O Keiki

Pacific Pride

P.A.T.C.H.      

Sacred Hearts

Saint Anthony High School

Seabury Hall

Also part of the tournament’s charitable activities in 2012, Hyundai Hope On Wheels®, Hyundai’s nonprofit organization committed to supporting the fight against childhood cancer, and Oahu-area Hyundai Dealers awarded the Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children of Honolulu a Hyundai Scholar Grant in the amount of $50,000 for pediatric cancer research. In addition to the Hyundai Scholar Grant, Hope On Wheels provided an infrastructure grant to renovate the hospital’s childrens playroom and to open a new section called the Hyundai Hot Spot. Since 2009 Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded the Kapi’olani Medical Center more than $270,000. The last two years have been in conjunction with Hyundai’s title sponsorship of the Tournament of Champions.

“The entire Maui community, the volunteers, the fans, Kapalua Resort, the PGA TOUR all deserve a great deal of thanks as we announce our charitable funds for the 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions,” said Jim Felechner, National Manager and On-Site Event Director of Hyundai Sponsorships. “Today, we celebrate the dollars raised by this world-class event and the impact that those dollars make throughout the Island.”

“The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is proud to support such deserving charities,” said Nancy Cross, Tournament Director. “Thank you to Hyundai, who continues to strive to make this event the best it can be,  corporate supporters, the fans and tournament volunteers, all of which help make this charitable giving  possible.”

In addition, 501(c) 3 organizations interested in participating in the Tickets Fore Charity program, where participating charities keep 75 percent of the ticket price, can visit www.worldgolfchampionships.com, or call 330-644-2299 for more information.

About Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. www.hyundainews.com 

About Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Hyundai Tournament of Champions is the season-opening event of the PGA TOUR and held at the legendary Plantation Course, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii. The tournament’s unique format allows only champions from the 2012 PGA TOUR season to qualify for this one-of-a-kind winners-only event. During their stay, tournament guests enjoy world-class accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Since 1999, the host organizations of the event have distributed more than $4 million to the Maui community.

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Contact: Chris Reimer, PGA TOUR, 904-273-3286, chrisreimer@pgatourhq.com

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