Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States: For 19 years, every Monday through Friday, Sets Tasaka, 80, has taken the bus from his home in Wailuku, Maui, to Hale Makua’s Adult Day Health Centre.
Hale Makua – which improves the well-being of those in its care through compassionate, personalised health services and is a primary beneficiary of last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions – has been a second home to Tasaka, who for decades served the Maui community frozen treats with his brother, Henry, at their family’s century-old Tasaka Guri-Guri shop.
Impacting the lives of Tasaka and hundreds of thousands of others, the PGA Tour and its tournaments generated a record US$190 million for more than 3,000 charitable causes in 2018, announced during the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
The charitable total, which brings the all-time total to US$2.84 billion, includes donations made by tournaments on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamérica and PGA Tour Series-China.
“Through the world of golf, the PGA Tour and its tournaments, backed by its network of volunteers, drive positive impact at unprecedented levels to support and improve local communities,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan.
“By supporting a PGA Tour event, you make an impact on countless philanthropic organisations in your community. As remarkable as our nearly US$3 billion in donations is, what really matters are the remarkable stories like Sets’ that every tournament has. It’s a credit to our partners – host organisations, title sponsors, volunteers, the fans in the communities in which we play, as well as our players, who are relentlessly supportive of the impact the Tour makes on so many lives.”
Since its move to Maui in 1999, the Sentry Tournament of Champions has generated more than US$6.3 million in charitable impact for the community, including the Hale Makua’s Adult Health Centre.
“We are privileged to help so many great people who, in some cases, just need to be reminded they are loved,” said Hale Makua CEO Wesley Lo. “The goal of Adult Day Health is to assist with maintaining or restoring their ability to live on their own at home. Without the financial support of the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the PGA Tour, this and so many of our other programmes simply could not exist.”
“Adult Day Health gives me something to do every day,” said Sets Tasaka, who lost Henry, his regular lunchtime visitor at Hale Makua, when he passed away in 2015. “At home, I would have had nothing to do, and just watched TV. Every day I’m here, I feel good.”
Each PGA Tour tournament is an opportunity to give back to your community in one of three ways – attending an event, volunteering, or donating money.
Not-for-profit tournaments under the PGA Tour umbrella donate their net proceeds to support local organisations, totalling close to US$3 billion in donations to date. The impact these tournaments make throughout the year is possible thanks to the 100,000 volunteers annually who commit their time to ensure each event is a success.
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