- Portland Tribune - Sports
A record $1.1 million in proceeds from last year's LPGA Safeway Classic have been earmarked for local children's charities.
The golf tournament, originally named the Portland Classic, has given than $12 million to such charities since it began in 1972. Of that, $9 million has been donated in the past 12 years.
The 2006 tourney generated $1.01 million for charity.
The latest contribution will go to the Safeway Foundation, which will disburse the money to a variety of organizations. The major charities are Easter Seals of Oregon, the Evans Scholars Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland, Trillium Family Services, Police Activities League, the Children's Course and Oregon Junior Golf.
The 2008 Safeway Classic is set for Aug. 18 through Aug. 24 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. The 54-hole tournament, with $1.7 in prize money, will take place the final three days.
Lorena Ochoa, LPGA player of the year, is defending champion.