HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Officials today announced that proceeds of $2,236,977 from the 2014 Shell Houston Open PGA TOUR Tournament and the Houston Golf Association's other golf-related activities is now at work in our community.
This marks 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 $62 million since 1974.
Shell Oil Company president Marvin Odum and Houston Golf Association president Steve Timms jointly made the announcement at the Celebration of Giving luncheon at The Rice Hotel. "Helping young people in our community is a key reason we take pride in our involvement with 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.
"Impacting the local community through youth development is what we work for each year," said Timms. "We are very thankful for all the support of our sponsors, benefactors and volunteers which allows us to continue these efforts on an ongoing basis."
Shell Oil Company has been title sponsor of Houston's PGA TOUR event since 1992. During that 23-year partnership with Shell, more than 94% ($58,323,825) 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 and HGA Junior Golf. The First Tee of Greater Houston reached more than 130,000 young people 2014, making it No. 1 in outreach in a worldwide network of nearly 200 chapters. 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), Cenikor Foundation, Inc., (since 1996) and Project Joy and Hope of Pasadena, TX (since 2014).
The 2015 Shell Houston Open will be played the week of March 30-April 5 at The Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course. Matt Jones is defending champion.