(NORTH PLAINS, OR December 13, 2016) The WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz announced today that the event raised a record $1,250,000 for charity in 2016, growing the three year total to over $3.1 Million since the inaugural tournament in 2014.
“We are very proud that our event has now raised over $3 million for charity,” said Jeff Sanders, Tournament Executive Director at the events annual charity luncheon. “It’s a thrill for us to give back to these great charities and ensure that they continue their invaluable efforts for the Greater Portland community.”
A portion of the charity funds are generated through the Nabisco TICKETS Fore CHARITY program in which non-profit organizations sell tournament tickets and receive 100% of the proceeds. In 2016 more than 160 charities from the greater Portland area registered to participate and sell tickets. Today the 30 highest selling organizations were on hand at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, where each was presented with their check.
The tournament estimates a local economic impact of about $6-8 million each year and over $20 million in total over the last three years as patrons travel from all over the Northwest and even across the country to attend. In 2016, there were more than 3.8 Million viewers of the Golf Channel live coverage which broadcasts all four rounds around the world.
“The rapid growth and results in just three years have been very exciting” said Pat McCabe, Tournament Director. “This tournament has a tremendously positive impact throughout Portland and the Northwest.” McCabe added, “We cannot thank WinCo Foods and our incredible Portland area sponsors enough for their support this year.”
The 2017 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz returns to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club August 21-27, 2017. To be part of the excitement, visit our tickets page, and as always 100% of your ticket purchase goes to the charity of your choice!