HOUSTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Officials announced today that proceeds of $2,287,000 from the 2013 Shell Houston Open PGA TOUR Tournament and the Houston Golf Association’s other golf-related activities is now at work in our community.
“We measure our success by being able to positively impact the lives of young people”
This is the 20th consecutive year the tournament has generated more than a million dollars for local worthy causes. It elevates the community impact dollar total to more than $59.7 million since 1974.
Shell Oil Company president Marvin Odum and Houston Golf Association president Steve Timms jointly made the announcement at a luncheon at One Shell Plaza. The City of Houston also officially proclaimed Friday, November 1, 2013 as Shell Houston Open – A Chance for Children Day. “The ongoing success of the youth development programs affiliated with the tournament is a key reason we are so proud of the Shell Houston Open,” said Odum.
HGA, a 501c (3) non-profit organization, has been promoting golf in the region since 1946. It has been funding local youth-development programs and charitable organizations since 1974.
“We measure our success by being able to positively impact the lives of young people,” said Timms. “Our supporters, sponsors and volunteers all share this view and are squarely behind our mission to do more for our community.”
Shell Oil Company has been title sponsor of Houston’s PGA TOUR event since 1992. During that 22-year partnership with Shell, more than 94% ($56,086,848) of the total funding has been generated. Shell’s title-sponsorship agreement with the PGA TOUR and HGA runs through the 2017 event.
A part of the overall funding goes to HGA Youth Programs, which include an academic scholarship program as well as The First Tee ® of Greater Houston chapter, which will reach more than 122,000 young people 2013-14, and HGA Junior Golf. More than 200 additional worthy causes and non-profit organizations also received donations or gifts-in-kind.
Shell Houston Open ongoing beneficiaries, which annually supply volunteers for the tournament, are Chinquapin Prep (since 1979) and Cenikor Foundation, Inc., (since 1996). Timms also announced that beginning in 2014 Project Joy and Hope of Pasadena, TX would join the group of ongoing beneficiaries.
The 2014 Shell Houston Open will be played the week of March 31-April 6 at Redstone Golf Club – Tournament Course. D.A. Points is defending champion.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON GOLF ASSOCIATION: HGA, a not-for-profit, tax exempt 501c (3) organization, uses golf promotion to generate funds that can help worthy causes make a difference in our community. A prolific charitable fundraiser, bolstered by a strong group of volunteers, the HGA has generated more than $59.7 million for local charity through its golf-related activities since 1974. In addition to making sure the funds generated by the Shell Houston Open are put to work locally in a diverse manner, the HGA annually funds three benefiting charities. It also underwrites the costs of a junior golf tournament program and The First Tee of Greater Houston. Find out more about these HGA programs by visiting their respective web pages. Since 1946 the HGA has brought high profile professional and amateur golf events to the Greater Houston Area. In addition to the Shell Houston Open PGA TOUR event (at Redstone Golf Club's Tournament Course), the HGA has helped secure:
- 1969 U.S. Open
- 1967 Ryder Cup Matches
- 1981 USGA Men's Amateur Public Links
- 1989 USGA Senior Men's Amateur
- 1989 USGA Senior Women's Amateur
- 1993 USGA Men's Amateur Championship
- 1998 USGA Women's Mid-Amateur Championship
- 1990, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 PGA TOUR Championships
- 2006 Nationwide Tour Championship
ABOUT THE FIRST TEE OF GREATER HOUSTON: It is a wholly owned subsidiary, originally chartered in 2004, of the Houston Golf Association. The First Tee of Greater Houston is dedicated to impacting the lives of young people in the Greater Houston area by providing learning facilities and educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. There are currently three green grass facilities (in Humble, Hockley and Missouri City) with plans in the near future for two more. The First Tee of Greater Houston is currently the second-largest in a worldwide network of nearly 200 chapters. The First Tee of Greater Houston’s involvement with the National School Program will reach more than 122,000 students in 16 different school districts in 2013-2014.
ABOUT CHINQUAPIN PREP (beneficiary since 1979): Chinquapin is open to Houston inner-city youngsters, seventh through 12th grades, who have displayed high academic potential despite coming from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. Curriculum stresses college preparatory courses, thus encouraging potential dropouts to broaden their educational horizons.
ABOUT CENIKOR FOUNDATION, INC. (beneficiary since 1996): Cenikor is committed to helping people deal with behavioral health issues and addictions by providing a full continuum of care. Cenikor has a variety of programs including short-term and long-term inpatient programs, detoxification, outpatient and intensive outpatient services. Cenikor also provides adolescent short-term inpatient treatment, outpatient and intensive outpatient care.
ABOUT PROJECT JOY AND HOPE (new beneficiary for 2014): Project Joy and Hope strives to prevent and relieve suffering for children with life-limiting conditions and their families through community awareness, education, and special supportive care services and programs.