Safeway Classic again generates $1 Million for Local Children's Charities
Safeway Classic to Celebrate 40 Years of LPGA Golf in Portland
2011 Tournament Dates Set
Nov. 8, 2010 - Tournament Golf Foundation (TGF) and the Safeway Foundation, today announced that local children's charities would benefit from $1 million in proceeds from the 2010 Safeway Classic.
The 2010 Safeway Classic presented by Coca-Cola was the 39th year of the LPGA tour event in Portland. Originally called the Portland Classic, the tournament has now donated more than $15 million to local children's charities since 1972, with $12 million coming in the past fifteen years with Safeway as title sponsor. 2010 was the fifth consecutive year and sixth in total that the tournament has generated at least $1 million for charity.
The Safeway Foundation and Tournament Golf Foundation will disburse the funds to local organizations in Oregon. The main charities from the 2010 event include Easter Seals of Oregon, the Evans Scholars Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Trillium Family Services, Police Activities League, the Children's Course and Oregon Junior Golf. In addition, other local children's charities will be impacted with supplemental distributions from the 2010 tournament.
"Thanks to the incredible support of Safeway, our other sponsors, our volunteers and LPGA fans, we are pleased that we were able to meet our goals for giving from the 2010 tournament. The past year has again been a difficult one for many non-profits and businesses and so we know that these donations come at a critical time for many organizations that are vital to the success of our event," said Tom Maletis, President of TGF.
"Safeway is proud of its affiliation with this event, the LPGA and Tournament Golf Foundation. This is truly a quality event with an outstanding venue. What we're most excited about is the fact that the event will raise money for important children's charities in the greater Portland area," said Mike Minasi, President, Marketing for Safeway.
"We are proud to be aligned with such a community-conscious partner like Safeway," said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. "Their support of the LPGA and commitment to Portland-area charities continues to improve the quality of life for those in need. We look forward to celebrating 40 years of LPGA in golf in Portland in 2011 with another field of the best women golfers on the planet."
August 15-21, 2011
The 2011 Safeway Classic will be held August 15-21 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. This will be the third year of the event at Pumpkin Ridge, with the 54-hole tournament proper being held on the Ghost Creek Golf Course Friday-Sunday, August 19-21.
Ai Miyazato won the 2010 event. Winning the tournament moved her to #1 in the world on the Rolex Rankings. The purse for the 2011 tournament will be $1.5 million.
2011 Marks the 40th Anniversary of LPGA Golf in Portland
Portland businessman Elon Ellis brought together a group of 27 friends from the business community to form the organization that has become Tournament Golf Foundation. The first tournament was held in 1972. The goal then, as now, was to host an LPGA golf tournament as a way to raise money for local children's charities.
"Since this event began, TGF has been fortunate to work with many outstanding partners and will use 2011 to celebrate their impact on the community over the past 40 years," said Maletis. "Having the commitment of Safeway through 2011 provides us the opportunity to show our gratitude for their long-term support of TGF and the LPGA in Portland."
Tournament Golf Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable non-profit organization, is a local Portland area group of volunteers who donate their time and provide the primary operations for the annual event. The group is now comprised of 42 local individuals and couples.
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. The company operates 1,712 stores in the United States and western Canada, and had sales of $40.8 billion in 2009. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.