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Tournament Golf Foundation (TGF) and the Safeway Foundation, today announced that local children's charities would benefit from $1 million in proceeds from the 2012 Safeway Classic. This was the seventh consecutive year and eighth in total that the tournament has generated at least $1 million for charity.
The 2012 Safeway Classic presented by Coca-Cola was the 41st year of the LPGA tour event in Portland. Originally called the Portland Classic, the tournament has now donated more than $17 million to local children's charities since 1972, with $14 million coming in the past seventeen years with Safeway as title sponsor.
The Safeway Foundation and Tournament Golf Foundation will disburse the funds to local organizations in Oregon. The main charities from the 2012 event include Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Trillium Family Services, Police Activities League, Easter Seals of Oregon, the Evans Scholars Foundation, the Children's Course and Oregon Junior Golf. In addition, other local children's charities will be impacted with supplemental distributions from the 2012 tournament.
"Thanks to the incredible support of Safeway, our other sponsors, our volunteers and LPGA fans, we are pleased that we were able to meet our goals for giving from the 2012 tournament," said Tom Maletis, President of Tournament Golf Foundation. "Helping local children's charities is what the Safeway Classic has been about for over 40 years and we know that the giving from this event makes a major impact on our charitable partners each year."
"Safeway is proud of its affiliation with this event, the LPGA and Tournament Golf Foundation. What we're most excited about is the fact that the event is again able to raise such significant money each year for important children's charities in the greater Portland area," said Steve Frisby, President of the Northwest Division of Safeway.
Mika Miyazato won the 2012 event by two shots over Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park, the 2012 Vare Trophy winner. This was Miyazato's first win on the LPGA tour.
Tournament Golf Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, is a local Portland area group of volunteers who donate their time and provide the primary operations for the annual event. TGF is the longest running organization owning an LPGA tournament and the Safeway Classic is the oldest non-major on the LPGA tour.
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. The company operates 1,644 stores in the United States and western Canada, and had sales of $43.6 billion in 2011. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.
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