2016 Valspar Championship Presented By BB&T Announces Increased Charitable Contributions
For Immediate Release: June 3, 2016
General Chairman Les Muma announced today that the 2016 Valspar Championship
presented by BB&T generated $2,139,663 in charitable donations – an increase of nearly
20% from the previous year.
Muma, representing Copperhead Charities, Inc. which is the non-profit organizing group of
the tournament, made the announcement in a breakfast today at Innisbrook Resort in
Palm Harbor, the site of Tampa Bay’s PGA TOUR event.
Charl Schwartzel won the event on March 13, as record galleries totaling 105,000 attended
during the course of the week. With significantly more local sponsorship, the tournament
was able to further increase its charitable footprint.
“It seems hard to believe that our tournament was going through an existential crisis less
than three years ago,” says Muma. “But Valspar arrived and gave us a great title sponsor,
and they are now extended through 2020. We added Pro Links Sports as our
management company and under tournament director Tracy West and her staff, we have
added new supplemental events like our concerts and new sponsors. “
“Our group, the Copperheads, have never been more focused on contributing to the
overall financial well-being of the tournament which leads to this day, the announcement
of increased generated revenues for charity. And that’s the bottom line of why we do
The total includes money raised through ticket sales, other tournament proceeds as well
as the Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities program. More than 150 area charities benefited
from the tournament.
The total contribution by Copperhead Charities since 1977 is now more than $36 million.
The next Valspar Championship presented by BB&T is scheduled for March 6-12, 2017.