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This year's Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez, Atlanta's LPGA Tour event, generated a record $604,000 for charity, a 20 percent increase over 1999. The funds have been donated to WinShape Homes® and Adventures In Movement (AIM) for the Handicapped, the tournament's primary charities.
This total has enabled the LPGA Tour tournament to exceed the $2 million milestone in contributions since Chick-fil-A, Inc. became the event's title sponsor in 1995. The total has reached $2,144,000.
WinShape Homes, created by Chick-fil-A founder and CEO S. Truett Cathy, is a long-term foster care program that has grown to become one of the largest foster care programs in Georgia. Seven facilities are located in Georgia, two in Tennessee, one in Alabama and one in Brasilia, Brazil. With the tournament's support, Mr. Cathy's goal is to continue to open new homes and facilities while maintaining the current 11 homes.
"Chick-fil-A Charity Championship funds have played an essential and growing role in helping to maintain and expand WinShape facilities,'' Mr. Cathy said.
"This is only possible because of the generous support we receive from our many supporting sponsors and the dedicated efforts of the more than 1,500 tournament volunteers who contribute their time and talents.''
As the Georgia stop on the LPGA Tour schedule, the event has been played at Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge since 1992. This year's event was won by Sweden's Sophie Gustafson for her first LPGA Tour victory.