Maui charities benefit from tournament

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January raised $333,185 and disbursed the funds to six primary Maui charities.

The beneficiaries were Boy Scouts of America – Maui County Council, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Hale Makua Health Services, J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui and Lahainaluna High School Foundation.

These designated beneficiaries assisted in promoting the event and offsetting tournament costs through volunteering and in other ways.

An additional donation was made to the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association and Maui Junior Golf “for their commitment to promoting and growing the game of golf among Hawaii’s youth,” the PGA announcement said.

Several other local nonprofit groups benefitted from the tournament through its Golf for Maui Charities program, which gave 501(c)(3) organizations the opportunity to promote the sale of tickets to this year’s tournament and receive 100 percent of the net proceeds.

This year’s participating charities were Hale Makua Health Services, Chaplains for Christ International, Paia Youth & Cultural Center, Maui Preparatory Academy, Maria Lanakila Church, Hale Kau Kau, Sacred Hearts School and Lahainaluna High School.

In conjunction with the tournament, Hyundai Hope On Wheels awarded a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant for pediatric cancer programs to the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children. Since Hyundai became the tournament’s title sponsor, it has donated more than $408,000 to Kapi’olani Medical Center through Hyundai Hope On Wheels, a nonprofit organization committed to helping children fight cancer.

With this year’s donations, the tournament and host organizations have donated nearly $5 million to Maui community charities since 1999.

The 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua from Jan. 8 to 12.