This week, the PGA TOUR announced that they have generated more than $3 billion in all-time charitable giving. As part of the PGA TOUR Champions, the Hoag Classic (formerly Toshiba Classic) has contributed $21 million to that overall number.
In 2000, the Hoag Classic became the first ever PGA TOUR Champions tournament to raise more than $1 million in charitable proceeds – setting the standard for all other tournaments.
The majority of the charitable proceeds have gone to Hoag to help provide the latest technology and support to renowned programs in cancer, heart, women’s, diabetes and more. In addition to Hoag, numerous other charities have benefited in smaller ways. Going forward the Hoag Classic, with presenting partners Konica Minolta and City National Bank, will continue to benefit the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center in 2020.
From 1998 – 2018, our scholarship program awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships and more than 1,000 laptops. The Newport Beach Explorer Scouts received more than $500,000 in the tournament’s two plus decades. Other charitable grants include local high school golf teams, the Boy Scouts and the First Tee of Orange County and other organizations.
As we have transitioned to the Hoag Classic in 2019, we now have two specific secondary charity programs. The first is our Military Appreciation Day and associated programs. On Saturday of each tournament, active, retired, reserve and veterans are invited to join the tournament – with three of their guests – at no charge and will also receive complimentary food and beverage service. We also provide contributions to various military charities, including the Marines Corps Scholarship Fund
, the U.S. Navy Memorial
, and the Blue Angels Foundation
. Going forward the Hoag Classic, presented by Konica Minolta and City National Bank, will continue to benefit the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center in 2020.
Without our Fans, our sponsors, and our generous volunteers who donate their time, this would not be possible. We hope to continue our tradition of giving back to the community of Orange County for many years to come.