The Heritage Classic Foundation's Champions Fore Charity program has distributed $1 million to local and regional charities this year, the nonprofit organization announced Friday.
The program asks donors to contribute $1,000 or more to the foundation, which then matches 20 percent of the gift and donates that total to the participating charity of the donor's choosing.
The foundation conducts Hilton Head Island's annual PGA Tour event, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, each spring at Harbour Town Golf Links. It uses the tournament to raise money for more than 100 nonprofit groups across the state.
So far, 355 people have made donations to the program this year, which nearly doubles the 197 donations collected before last year's tournament, according to a foundation news release.
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Since the program begin in December 2012, the foundation has distributed $1.8 million to area charities, according to the release.
The 46th annual Heritage will be April 14 to 20. The foundation will accept donations to the program through the end of the tournament, foundation spokeswoman Angela McSwain said.
In return for their contributions, donors receive a package that includes invitations to foundation events and reserved seating in the Heritage Champions Club skybox during opening ceremonies.
The foundation's Birdies for Charity program has raised another $290,000 for local nonprofit groups, according to Angie Taylor, the foundation's director for outreach and special programs. That program also runs though the end of the tournament, Taylor said.
Through Birdies for Charity, donors can either pledge a single amount or a few cents for every birdie made during the tournament.
So far, donors have pledged almost $204,000 outright and about $67 per birdie, foundation accountant Tom Wilkinson said. That $67 multiplied by about 1,300 birdies over the tournament -- a conservative estimate -- would raise about $87,000, he added.
"It's an opportunity for us to truly reach out, even across the state, to help these charities," she said. "Every little bit helps."
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