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PGA TOUR official presents $30,000 grant to ‘Charity of the Year’ Children’s Cabinet on Thursday

By Chris Moran

PGA TOUR Chief of Operations Andy Pazder presented Reno nonprofit The Children’s Cabinet with a $30,000 grant on Thursday, on the heels of news that the organization had earned the PGA TOUR’s Charity of the Year award.

Pazder’s visit, organized by Reno-Tahoe Open Executive Director Jana Smoley, was a special occasion for The Children’s Cabinet, which presented the tournament with artwork created by a participant in the after-school programming at the Wilbur D. May Youth Center. The presentation took place at DIRECTIONS 2013, an economic and business forum hosted annually by The Chamber.

“This is a truly memorable occasion for all of us at The Children’s Cabinet,” Mike Pomi, the group’s executive director, said. “The award in and of itself is a great honor, but to have the second-in-command for the PGA TOUR here to congratulate us personally and address our community’s business leaders really emphasizes the enormity of this tremendous national honor. We feel very blessed to have received the award and are so thankful to the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation for helping us achieve this great distinction.”

Since its founding in 1999, the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation has made it a priority to help other charities in the community, donating $2.5 million to nonprofit organizations and schools in the northern Nevada region. The Children’s Cabinet benefitted from the award-winning golf clinic and luncheon in 2012, leading to its Charity of the Year designation. The Children’s Cabinet was selected from PGA TOUR tournaments throughout the United States and Canada.

The Children’s Cabinet, in Reno, offers an array of services in support of its mission to keep children safe and families together. The Children’s cabinet promotes affordable, quality childcare solutions and family and youth intervention programs designed to provide opportunities for low-income, at-risk members of the community. The $30,000 Charity of the Year grant will be used to fund after-school programming at the May Center in downtown Reno, where students can get tutoring and homework help, receive academic credit recovery services and participate in work readiness and experience, youth leadership and community service programming.

The artwork presented to the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation by The Children’s Cabinet will be on display at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in the summer of 2013.

For more information on the 15th 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 15th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place July 29 to Aug. 4, 2013 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno. The tournament is one of 45 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 nonprofit organization  comprised of key sponsors including the Eldorado Hotel Reno, Montrêux Development Group and NV Energy.

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