Wells Fargo Championships raises nearly $800,000 for area charities

Wells Fargo Championship 2017 fans
Fans line a green at the Wells Fargo Championship during the final round on May 7, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On behalf of Champions for Education, Wells Fargo Championship announced Wednesday nearly $800,000 donations were given to numerous local non-profit organizations in the Wilmington area, where this year’s tournament was held at Eagle Point Golf Club.

Champions for Education is the non-profit organization that managed and operated the Wells Fargo Championship in Wilmington this year. The annual PGA TOUR event was moved to Eastern North Carolina for one time while the traditional host, Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, prepared for the 2017 PGA Championship.

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The primary beneficiary of this year’s Wells Fargo Championship was The First Tee of Greater Wilmington, which received nearly $300,000 and opened its new facility during tournament week. The tournament also donated over $200,000 to the USO of North Carolina through the Patriot Supporter and Tickets for Troops programs. Donations were also made to numerous other local organizations that assisted with the operation of the tournament, including New Hanover County Schools, Wilmington Food Bank, Boy Scouts of Wilmington and various other organizations.

“One of our primary goals in Wilmington was to make a positive impact on the community whether it was through charitable contributions and awareness, a positive economic impact or providing a first-class experience for the community this past spring,” Kendall Alley, chairman of the Board of Champions for Education said. “We could not have done this without the help of Wells Fargo, our corporate partners, the members of Eagle Point Golf Club, the devoted fans who poured into the gate all week and the numerous volunteers, who shared their time for these worthy efforts.”

Since the tournament’s inception in 2003, the Wells Fargo Championship has not only helped raise awareness for local and regional charitable organizations within Charlotte and Wilmington, it also has contributed a combined $20 million-plus in both communities.

“We are proud to continue our support for the Wells Fargo Championship,” Thomas Cline, Region Bank President for Wells Fargo said. “We helped bring the tournament to Wilmington this year so we could put a spotlight on eastern North Carolina. As a company, we are focused on helping build strong, vibrant communities and making a positive difference. These charitable organizations are all doing that right here in Wilmington.”

In addition to charitable donations, PGA TOUR events such as the Wells Fargo Championship are estimated to bring an economic impact between $40 and $60 million to the cities in which they are staged.

The Wells Fargo Championship will be held in Charlotte at Quail Hollow Club April 30-May 6 in 2018 and April 29-May 5 in 2019.