Las Vegas, Nevada (May 24, 2011)–Some PGA Tour pros boast about how they help charity but basically leave the work to their minions. That is not the case with Las Vegas resident and former UNLV golfer Charley Hoffman who is actively involved in events in Las Vegas and San Diego that benefit his foundation. Recently, the management of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open announced that the Charley Hoffman Foundation Las Vegas Pro-Am is scheduled for September 26, 2011. —By Brian Hurlburt.
Hoffman even goes so far as to say the reaction of the children when he helps them surpasses the joy he feels after a PGA Tour victory. "At the end of last year's event, the smiles on the kids faces when they received the checks from the foundation (was memorable)," Hoffman writes via email. "The happiness I felt for those kids is so much greater than any tournament I have ever won. Our goal is to get the local community and businesses more involved with the PGA tour. All the proceeds from the Charley Hoffman pro-am go straight back to the local community. It's a great opportunity to entertain clients and play golf with a PGA tour player and have all the proceeds going back to the community in which we live." Hoffman is originally from the San Diego area but these days splits time there and in Las Vegas. He was a member of the 1998 NCAA title team at UNLV.
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Hoffman and his wife, Stacy, created the Foundation in 2009 to raise awareness and financial support for a variety of children’s charities in their native San Diego as well as their adopted hometown of Las Vegas. Hoffman’s First Pro-Am event in Las Vegas raised $77,500 last year to benefit five local charities: Blessings in a Backpack, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Las Vegas, as well as the Transportation Fund of the local Zelzah Shrine Temple. The 2011 event is played the monday of the week the PGA Tour plays in Las Vegas.
Participants of the Pro-Am will enjoy the unique opportunity to play a round of golf inside the ropes of an official PGA TOUR tournament course alongside a professional PGA TOUR player. Last year, PGA TOUR Players included Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney, Chad Campbell, Chris Riley, among others. The tournament will start at 1 p.m. after Hoffman provides a clinic, divulging the secrets of his great golf game. Concluding play, participating amateurs and professionals will honor winners at a reception on The Hill, the tournament’s entertainment pavilion, overlooking the 18th hole of TPC Summerlin. For more information visit www.CharleyHoffman.com. Parts of this report via official press release.