The 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open set a record for charitable funds raised during the Valley’s biggest golf event of the year.
The Thunderbirds, who host the tournament, announced the 2016 event raised $9.37 million, more than a $300,000 increase on the previous record from the year prior.
“Each year we receive outstanding support from Waste Management, as well as from corporate sponsors, volunteers and of course the fans, and we can’t do this without them,” Thunderbirds big chief Dan Mahoney said.
This year marked a record-setting event in terms of attendance as well. The Waste Management Phoenix Open drew 618,365 fans during the week, topping the previous year’s old mark of 564,368.
Since Waste Management became the sponsor of the Phoenix Open in 2010, the event has raised more than $45 million for local charities for a total of more than $111 million since the event debuted in 1932.
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