Support to 53 local causes impacted by COVID from 2020 celebrity golf tournament
Oct. 8, 2020 (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. / Nev.) – Local non-profits in the Tahoe area were presented with a record $250,000 in donations from the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and American Century Championship as a result of money raised during the 2020 celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe. (visitlaketahoe.com)
While checks were distributed virtually to representatives of 53 non-profits during the LTVA’s Oct. 8 board meeting, the reality of the funding impacts throughout this unsettling time will resonate in the community during the coming year.
“It’s incredibly rewarding for the LTVA and the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority to assist the community especially this year when COVID completely changed the dynamic,” said Carol Chaplin, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “Our partnership between American Century Investments and NBC Sports lends itself to the betterment of the area.”
Once due diligence was established that the tournament could operate safely with precautions in place, the tournament was conducted without spectators. It was decided among the partners to maintain the tradition and continuity, while also having the entire $600,000 prize money donated to non-profits. In addition to Tahoe area organizations, funds were also dedicated to social justice initiatives and COVID relief efforts.
Airing of the event with 18 hours of national and network television coverage signaled an important message of renewal for Lake Tahoe that the destination was carefully and thoughtfully moving forward. The tournament followed strict health and safety standards outlined by the medical and governmental agencies – avoiding any health-related incidents.
Grants encompassed four categories awarding increments of $20,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $2,000 based on: 1) Organizational Sustainability – significant impact on long term growth and stability; 2) Organizational Impact – increasing constituents served; 3) Community Need – distribution of services or support; and 4) Scholarships – for individual participation.
Grants ranging from $1,000-$20,000 were distributed to the American Legion, Barton Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northern Sierra, Black Ice Theatre Co., Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, Bread & Broth 4 Kids, CASA El Dorado, Christmas Cheer, Clean Up the Cayes, Douglas County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue, El Dorado Search and Rescue Council, George Whittell High School, H.E.R.O. Scholarship Fund, Heavenly Ski Patrol Fund, Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, Kahle Community Center, Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation, Lake Tahoe Educational Fund, Lake Tahoe Epic Curling, Lake Tahoe Historical Society, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars, Live Violence Free, Mountain High Recovery Center, Resilience Fund-Tahoe, Saint Joseph Community Land Trust, Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe, Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra, SOS Outreach, South Lake Tahoe Cancer League, South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center, South Lake Tahoe High School Boosters, South Lake Tahoe Moose Lodge, South Tahoe Middle School, South Tahoe Middle School Club Live, Suicide Prevention Network, Tahoe Art Alliance, Tahoe Arts Project, Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, Tahoe Heritage Foundation, Tahoe Home Connection, Tahoe Magic, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Tahoe Swim Club, Tahoe Youth & Family Services, The Rotary Club of Tahoe-Douglas, The Sugar Pine Foundation, TRAILS at the Lake, Valhalla Tahoe, Whittell Boosters Club, Inc., and Zephyr Cove Elementary School.
To be considered, local organizations were required to meet 501(c)3 certified non-profit guidelines, provide an outline of their mission, and describe how the donation would be used and indicate its impact in the community.
Since 2009, donations exceeding $1.5 million have been allocated to more than 100 local non-profits to assist 11,500+ individuals.
Since its inception in 1990, the American Century Championship has donated more than $5.5 million to local and national non-profits. The nation’s longest running celebrity golf tournament captured the television spotlight with superstars Patrick Mahomes, Tony Romo, Steph Curry, Charles Barkley, Aaron Rodgers, Larry the Cable Guy, and Hall of Famers and All-Stars representing major sports. The 32nd annual American Century Championship is July 6-11, 2021. For more information, visit: www.AmericanCenturyChampionship.com or www.TahoeSouth.com.
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About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Designated by USA TODAY among “15 ultimate summer road trips,” (July 2019) Lake Tahoe combines the distinctive appeal of two worlds: spectacular natural beauty and a modern tourism destination with an array of outdoor recreation, entertainment, nightlife and gaming. Tahoe’s timeless splendor and diversity toward health and wellness, green business practices and sustainability continue to define its inimitable personality. For information about lodging, recreation, packages, and healthy travel at Lake Tahoe, call 1-800-288-2463 or log onto www.TahoeSouth.com.
About American Century Investments
Tournament title sponsor American Century Investments, is a leading, privately-controlled investment management firm serving investment professionals, institutions, corporations and individuals. Through its ownership structure, more than 40 percent of company profits support the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, an innovative biomedical research organization committed to finding cures for cancer and other gene-based diseases. Since 2000, more than $1 billion in dividends have been distributed to the Stowers Institute. Also, the Institute is the official charity of the 2015 American Century Championship.
About NBC Sports Group
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.