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RTO welcomes returns of US Bank as presenting sponsor of ‘Chip in for Schools’ program



The Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation continues to offer Washoe County Schools a truly beneficial fundraising program presented by US Bank, sponsor of the tournament’s Chip in for Schools program. The bank has again signed on to endorse the program, which has raised more than $35,000 for area schools since its inception in 2010. Just in time for the holiday season, the US Bank Chip in for Schools program allows schools and school-related programs to start fundraising efforts earlier than ever by selling 2012 Reno-Tahoe Open tickets for just $15 each and keeping 100 percent of all profits.

The US Bank Chip in for Schools program is one of the only school fundraisers in which the fund-raising organization keeps 100 percent of all profits raised – a factor that differentiates it from a majority of other programs that can take up to 75 percent of earnings from students. In years past, participating organizations have ranged from entire schools to high school bands, to the Reno High School cheerleaders, who raised more than any other participating program in 2011 with more than $3,400 in earnings.

“This is a program that benefits our schools in an impactful way at a time when they need it most,” said Brian Hogan, regional president of community banking for US Bank. “We are proud to support Chip in for Schools and help our youth raise much needed funds for programs that are really suffering right now.”

Whether it’s a middle school jazz band, a high school baseball team, or a class trying to raise funds for an annual trip, the US Bank Chip in for Schools program provides teachers, administrators, coaches and kids with an easy solution for raising funds without worrying about the delivery of packages, reconciling orders or meeting minimum sales requirements. To sign up, simply call 775-853-6809 or E-mail [email protected] to arrange pick up of Reno-Tahoe Open ticket vouchers. Each participating organization may then begin sales of the vouchers for $15 each, earning 100 percent of all sales, while also being the source of the least expensive tournament tickets available, typically sold for $20 each.

In addition, all ticket sales made by Jan. 9, 2012 are distributed to fundraising organizations on Jan. 13, in time for spring sports and other early-season activities to participate in the annual fundraiser. All proceeds from tickets sold after Jan. 9 are distributed after the close of the 2012 tournament.

“We are thrilled to welcome US Bank back to Chip in for Schools for 2012,” said Jana Smoley, executive director of the Reno-Tahoe Open. “For US Bank to again step up and place their name on this valuable program, we are so thankful. They are exhibiting to area students how much they care and demonstrating how one organization can contribute to true change in our community. We are grateful to US Bank for this opportunity to contribute to the community and we hope that all schools take advantage of the chance to raise additional funds for whatever they may need it for.”

For more information on the 14th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, including ticket sales, vacation packages, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.RenoTahoeOpen.com or contact the tournament office at 775-322-3900.

The 14th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place July 30 – Aug 5, 2012 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. The tournament is one of just 47 full-field stops during the PGA TOUR Regular Season and is part of the FedExCup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The internationally-televised event brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with The Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3 million purse. The Reno-Tahoe Open is managed and operated by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, comprised of key sponsors including the Eldorado Hotel Reno, Montrêux Development Group and NV Energy.

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