Waste Management Open raises record amount of money for charities

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The check presentation was at Phoenix Children's Hospital, just one of the many spots that received a donation from the Thunderbirds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The check presentation was at Phoenix Children's Hospital, just one of the many spots that received a donation from the Thunderbirds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
"This means more than anything to us," said Andy Markham Thunderbird's Big Chief. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) "This means more than anything to us," said Andy Markham Thunderbird's Big Chief. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Phoenix Open set an overall attendance record in 2017. (Source: Ian Schwartz) The Phoenix Open set an overall attendance record in 2017. (Source: Ian Schwartz)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

It was another record for the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The Thunderbirds, which hosts the Greatest Show on Grass at TPC Scottsdale, announced on Tuesday that the organization raised $10,147,441 for local charities through proceeds raised from this year's tournament. That's the most money the tournament has raised in a single year, breaking 2016's record total of $9.3 million.

It's the third straight year the Open has broken a record for fundraising.

The group made the announcement on Tuesday at Phoenix Children's Hospital, which is just one of the places that received donations from the Thunderbirds.

"This means more than anything to us," said Andy Markham Thunderbird's Big Chief. "And this year to give over 10 million bucks, this is the best part. This is the most fun we have all year, believe it or not." 

Since 2010 when Waste Management became the main sponsor for the golf tournament, the corporation and the Thunderbirds have raised $56,154,683 for charities.

Since it started in 1932, the Phoenix Open has raised $122,201,249 for charities in Arizona.

The record wasn't a huge surprise considering the Open set another attendance record. A record 655,434 attended the week-long event in early February. It was the second consecutive year that overall attendance records have fallen.

[READ MORE: Overall attendance record set at Phoenix Open]

Single-day attendance records were also set on Wednesday with 77,906 people, on Friday with 169,004 and on Saturday with 204,906.

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