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BizSPORTS continued from page 22 “We focus our international efforts in Mexico, Canada and western Europe – since that is where we, the Arizona Office of Tourism and our counterparts in metro Phoenix have long marketed together,” he added. $10 Million for Local Charities

Weitman said the tournament is critical for the success of numerous nonprofits. And successful it is. Recently, Accenture and PGA officials announced the tournament generated more than $1.3 million in charity for the local community. That brings the total to more than $10.1 million since 2007. Goodman called the contributions “a cause for celebration.” Proceeds from the Accenture Match Play Championship benefit charities, including The First Tee of Tucson, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, YMCA, Pima County Special Olympics and the newly built Sporting Chance Center, among others. Since 1962, the Tucson Conquistadores have contributed more than $27 million to local youth organizations. “Not only does it mean a boon for the economic impact of Tucson, but it’s how this organization has raised money for the past 50 years,” Weitman said. “It’s been through the golf business. We give more than $1 million each year. “For the charities to continue and to help those in the community – we want the tournament to continue. If it doesn’t, our funding gets cut short.”

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