US Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund Announced


The major U.S. golf organizations today announced the creation of the U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund to provide support to the relief efforts in the devastated areas of the Gulf Coast.
Through the combined efforts of everyone associated with the golf community, the U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund has a goal of raising $5 million for the relief efforts.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said, 'As the true scope of Hurricane Katrina's devastation of the Gulf Coast is revealed, many in the golf community have expressed a strong desire to provide assistance to those in the hurricane ravaged areas that are in such need. The U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund gives the major golf organizations, along with tournaments, sponsors, players, fans, and even The First Tee network of facilities an effective way to make a meaningful contribution to ease the suffering being felt by so many.'
Leadership for the fund is being provided by the PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, USGA, the Masters Tournament and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America..
This Fund will operate in the same manner as the U.S. Golf Tsunami Relief Fund did earlier this year and will focus on providing relief directly to the people involved in the disaster, rather than any type of infrastructure support. Within this parameter, the ultimate use of the funds will be determined in consultation with former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, who will once again head up relief efforts at the request of President George Bush. It is intended that the U.S. Golf effort will expand the ultimate scope of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.
In the near-term, any monies that are collected by the U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund will be held by PGA Tour Charities, Inc. in a segregated fund.
All contributions to the Fund are tax-deductible and may be sent to:
The U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
C/o PGA TOUR Charities, Inc.
Attention: Ron Price, Chief Financial Officer, PGA TOUR
Post Office Box 2904
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32004-2904