Waste Management Phoenix Open Tees it up for Charity

Tom MAckinFebruary 6, 2022
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Curious to know where your ticket and concession dollars go at this volunteer-run, nonprofit tournament? The Thunderbirds are happy to tell you.

Scott Jenkins knew raising money for charity during a pandemic would be no easy task. But the 2021 WMPO Tournament Chairman and his fellow Thunderbirds plowed ahead, managing to raise $3,850,000 for local charities — about a third of their typical haul, but still impressive considering the circumstances.

“The effort was truly extraordinary and demonstrated the great partnership we have with our sponsors, the city of Scottsdale, the PGA Tour and the TPC Scottsdale,” Jenkins says. “It would not have happened without everybody pulling in the right direction and everybody being extremely flexible as we tried to navigate through last year. We did the best we could.”

A pair of $200,000 donations, made last year to Teen Lifeline’s Teen Crisis Hotline/Textline and the Human Services Campus, targeted two groups heavily affected by the pandemic: kids and the homeless. “Having two teenagers myself, and watching the hardships COVID place on kids socially and with their education, I know that Teen Lifeline does amazing work,” Jenkins, who ceremonially steps into the role of tournament Big Chief in 2022, says. “The Human Service Campus is a fantastic effort by a number of different charities to battle homelessness.”

  • $250,000 Phoenix Public Library Foundation
  • $200,000 Teen Lifeline
  • $200,000 Human Services Campus
  • $150,000 Homeward Bound

$165,604,790 — Money raised by the tournament since 1932. More than $99 million of it was donated after 2010, when Waste management was named title sponsor.

Scott Jenkins. Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Scott Jenkins. Photo by Mirelle Inglefield

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