$5k Awarded to Veterans Guest House
RENO, Nev. (January 5, 2015) – While a non-profit organization itself, the Barracuda Championship has spent the last 16 years dedicated to helping other charities in the community, donating more than $3 million to date and gaining international attention for its partner charities. Each year, the PGA TOUR Charity of the Year recognizes charities nationwide that demonstrate outstanding dedication to making a difference in their communities. This year the Barracuda Championship nominated Veterans Guest House, which received honors as one of five top finalists and a check for $5,000 from the PGA TOUR.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I would like to congratulate Veterans Guest House on being nominated by the Barracuda Championship for the annual PGA TOUR Charity of the Year award,” said Andrew Pazder, executive vice president and chief of operations for the PGA TOUR. “The PGA TOUR is proud to recognize Veterans Guest House as one of the five finalists and to support its efforts to provide overnight accommodations for United States military service veterans and their families during times of medical need.”
The Veterans Guest House is the only one of its kind in the country serving veterans and their families and accepts no government funds. Since 1994 the house has provided temporary lodging to U.S. military veterans and their families who receive medical treatment in the Reno-Sparks area. The Veterans Guest House estimates that by year’s end, they will have provided 50,000 guest nights of lodging during the past 20 years.
“We are thrilled not only to get this donation, but to know that we received national recognition from the PGA TOUR as one of five finalists among all the nominations,” said Noreen Leary, CEO of the Veterans Guest House. “We are so thankful to the Barracuda Championship for the nomination and want to recognize their work with so many worthy non-profits in our community.”
The PGA TOUR’s Charity of the Year designation is a distinctive national honor given to only one non-profit in the United States each year and awards the elected charity a $30,000 grant. The local organization The Children’s Cabinet was nominated by the Barracuda Championship and received the Charity of the Year honor in 2012.
“It has always been important to us to remain strong partners in the community. Supporting and promoting incredible local organizations is the best way to accomplish that and is also at the heart of the PGA TOUR,” said Chris Hoff, Barracuda Championship tournament director. “The Veterans Guest House provides invaluable services to veterans and their families seeking medical care in
our community and we’re so proud to have been able to help shine a spotlight on this worthy organization.”
For more information on the Barracuda Championship PGA TOUR event, visit www.BarracudaChampionship.com.
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About Barracuda Championship
The 17th annual Barracuda Championship, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place August 3-9, 2015 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. The tournament is one of just 45 full-field stops during the PGA TOUR Season and is part of the FedExCup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The internationally-televised event brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with The Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3 million purse. The Barracuda Championship is managed and operated by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, comprised of key sponsors including title sponsor Barracuda Networks, Eldorado Hotel Reno, Montrêux Development Group and NV Energy.