GREENSBORO, N.C. – Feb. 4, 2005 — The Chrysler Classic of Greensboro and the Greensboro Jaycees announced today that they raised more than $620,000 for charity in 2004 – exceeding by 25 percent its original goal.
Officials with the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, an official PGA TOUR Event, had set the benchmark for 2004 at $500,000 – itself a sizable increase over previous years. The tournament donated $220,000 in 2002 and $438,000 in 2003 to 501(c)(3) charities.
“We are very excited about exceeding our goal of a half million dollars,” said Mark Brazil, the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro’s tournament director. “The charity impact is only possible through the incredible support of Chrysler, all our other sponsors and our great fans. Ultimately, this is what the Chrysler Classic is all about – giving back to the community.”
The tournament, like all PGA TOUR events, donates a substantial portion of its net proceeds to charity. This year, over 80 charitable groups benefited from the Chrysler Classic. Some of the charities are listed below:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Central North Carolina Chapter
Children’s Home Society
Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test (formerly Friends…You Can Count On)
U.S. Golf Tsunami Relief Fund
International Civil Rights Museum
Brenner Children’s Hospital
Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina
Greensboro Cerebral Palsy Association
North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center
Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
Senior Resources of Guilford
American Junior Golf Association’s ACE Grant
Brazil said that the fundraising increase puts the tournament well on its way to its ultimate goal – of raising at least $1 million for charity each year. The benchmark for the 2005 tournament has been set at $700,000.
The 2005 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro will be played Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2005 at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro. The 2005 Chrysler Classic will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Chrysler as Title Sponsor. Further information on the tournament is available at www.chryslerclassic.org or by contacting the tournament office at (336) 379-1570.