Local nonprofits receive $77,000 from Lance Armstrong Foundation and LTVA | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Local nonprofits receive $77,000 from Lance Armstrong Foundation and LTVA

Fourteen area nonprofits received a share of $77,000 this week from the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and LiveStrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The funds were raised during the 2009 American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe.

In all, more than $167,000 was distributed to local organizations from the 2009 event.

“The generosity to our community from LiveStrong, NBC Sports and American Century Investments is overwhelming,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the LTVA. “Our 20-year partnership has resulted in South Shore’s largest special event – and with it a great deal of media attention, business and assistance to the local community with financial support. Everyone wins.”

For the fourth consecutive year, the Lance Armstrong Foundation was the official charity of the American Century Championship. The tournament helps build awareness of the LiveStrong Global Cancer Campaign, while raising funds for the foundation’s cancer survivorship initiatives.

Of the donation, $28,000 was distributed among several cancer support programs, including Barton Hospital’s mammogram screening, Relay for Life, Barton Community Clinic’s pap smear program and the Cancer League.

The $49,000 balance was distributed among Court Appointed Special Advocates, South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, Family Resource Center, Tahoe Arts Project, Christmas Cheer, South Tahoe and Whittell high schools and the Lake Tahoe and Douglas County education foundations.

Tahoe Youth and Family Services, Bread & Broth and The Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe split $90,000 in contributions last year.

Now in its 21st year, the American Century Championship draws appearances by sports and entertainment stars including Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Tony Romo, Ray Romano, Mario Lemieux, Dale Jarrett, Dan Marino, John Elway and Jerry Rice. It is network television’s longest running celebrity golf tournament.

“We made the decision to utilize the American Century Championship as a vehicle toward effective impact on important causes and have pledged to contribute annual to local community service initiatives,” said Jon Miller, executive vice president of NBC Sports. “The residents of the Lake Tahoe area are as much a part of this event as the players themselves.”

This year’s tournament is July 13 to 18 at Edgewood Tahoe. For information, visit http://www.tahoesouth.com or http://www.tahoecelebritygolf.com.

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