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Greater Gwinnett Championship raises $165K for charities

Officials with the Greater Gwinnett Championship golf tournament present a ceremonial check for $165,901 to the five charities it supported in 2013. (Special Photo)

Officials with the Greater Gwinnett Championship golf tournament present a ceremonial check for $165,901 to the five charities it supported in 2013. (Special Photo)

DULUTH — Gwinnett’s most recent professional golf tournament brought in $165,901 for five local charities, the tournament announced on Friday.

The Greater Gwinnett Championship chose the charities with a focus on healthcare and education. The charities and nonprofit organizations who received support were Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation, the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation and the Gwinnett Technical College Foundation.

“We are pleased with the amount that was raised for these truly important charitable organizations in the community in our inaugural year,” said Stan Hall, executive director of the PGA Champions Tour event. “We hope that the money raised will provide the much needed dollars to foster their core mission and organizational values.”

Proceeds also came from several tournament-related activities such as the charity ticket sales program, silent auction, Matt Ryan Celebrity-Am Classic and in-kind donations.

Bernhard Langer won the tournament in April at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth with a 10-under 206 to take the title by three shots over Tom Lehman and Tom Pernice Jr. Next year’s tournament is scheduled for April 16-20.