The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $10,147,441 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2017 tournament. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s record of $9.3 million and the first time eclipsing $10 million in tournament history. It also marks the third consecutive year breaking the tournament record for charitable dollars raised in a single year.
The Thunderbirds and the Waste Management Phoenix Open have raised more than $56 million for charities since 2010 when Waste Management became the title sponsor. In its history, dating back to 1932, the Phoenix Open has raised $122,201,249 million for charities in Arizona.
“Each year our goal is not only to put on the best golf tournament in the world, but to raise millions of dollars for charity,” says Thunderbirds Big Chief Andy Markham. “The Thunderbirds are proud of our history of giving back to the community and excited to break our single-year record for the third straight year, reaching $10 million for the first time. We have a great support group that helps us achieve this goal, form our outstanding title sponsor Waste Management, as well as our corporate sponsors, volunteers and our great fans.”
The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open was another record-setting event, as a total of four attendance records were broken. For the week, 655,434 fans attended “The People’s Open,” breaking the 2015 record of 618,365, marking the second consecutive year that more than 600,000 fans attended the tournament. Additionally, single-day attendance records were broken on Wednesday (77,906), Friday (169,004) and Saturday (204,906).
The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be held at TPC Scottsdale Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2018. The tournament is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA Tour. The 2018 edition will mark the 83rd playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA Tour) and the ninth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
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