Waste Management Phoenix Open hosts, The Thunderbirds, will hand out $9,060,731 to local charities through proceeds raised from the 2015 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Danny Calihan announced today at the Foundation for Blind Children. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, helping to reach a historic milestone of more than $100 million that The Thunderbirds have raised in the history of the organization, dating back to 1932.
This marks the first time that The Thunderbirds have eclipsed the $9 million mark in money raised in a single year, surpassing the previous record of $8.8 million that was raised in 2008.
“Congratulations to The Thunderbirds on setting a record with more than $9 million raised for charity from this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “This is an incredible achievement that will have a profound effect on the lives of many. The tournament is annually one of the leaders on the PGA TOUR in terms of the impact it is having in the community and that is due to the selfless efforts of The Thunderbirds, Waste Management, the tournament staff and all of those involved in the event.”
The Thunderbirds and the Waste Management Phoenix Open have raised more than $36 million ($36,372,368) for charities since 2010 when Waste Management became title sponsor. In its history, dating back to 1932, the Phoenix Open has raised more than $102 million ($102,418,934) for charities in Arizona.
“Each and every year is special when we make this announcement but this year is extra special and truly a proud moment for The Thunderbirds,” Calihan said. “We had our eye on the road to $100 million, and to reach that milestone by breaking our own single-year record is spectacular. Thanks to our title sponsor Waste Management and to great community and corporate support we were able to achieve our goals and help out so many children and families in need in the Valley.”
The 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open was a record-setting event, as two of the tournament days drew record attendance along with the overall attendance record for the week. Wednesday’s record attendance reached 75,380, while Thursday’s first round attendance record was set at 118,461, the first time a Thursday crowd reached more than 100,000 in the tournament’s history. The week-long attendance of 564,368 edged out the previous record of 563,008, which was set in 2014.
“The 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open was another record-setting year – from attendance to unprecedented sustainability success as a zero waste event – but one of the most notable achievements is the tournament’s impact on the community,” said Jim Trevathan, Waste Management executive vice president and chief operating officer. “The $9 million donated to local charities is not only The Thunderbird’s highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, it’s a testament to all that can be accomplished when fans, players, vendors and sponsors come together.”
The 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be held at TPC Scottsdale February 1–7, 2016. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA TOUR. The 2016 edition will mark the 81st playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the seventh as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.