Valspar Championship generated more than $1.6 million for charity in 2021

The 2021 Valspar Championship, Tampa Bay’s PGA TOUR event, generated charitable contributions of $1,657,000 for charity in 2021.

The tournament’s charitable initiatives come through the sponsoring organization, Copperhead Charities.

“We are excited to get our charitable giving back on track in 2021, after having a much-reduced number in 2020 when our tournament was canceled by the global pandemic,” said Ronde Barber, general chair of Copperhead Charities, in a statement.

Copperhead Charities has generated nearly $47 million for charity since 1977, through the sponsorship of professional golf tournaments in the Tampa Bay area, the statement said.

The total includes money raised through ticket sales and other tournament proceeds. More than 50 area charities will benefit from the 2021 tournament proceeds.

While the Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities program is still a part of the total, Copperhead Charities has made direct donations to Women of Color Golf, which was chosen as the PGA TOUR’s 2020 Charity of the Year, Tampa General Hospital, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties, St. Petersburg College Foundation and area chapters of The First Tee.

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