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    Shell-sponsored Houston Open Raises $2.1M for Charities

    A total of $48.7 million has been donated since Shell became a sponsor.

    HOUSTON -- The recent Shell-sponsored Houston Open generated $2.124 million for Houston-area, youth-oriented charities in 2009, The Associated Press reported, citing officials from the PGA Tour and Houston Golf Association (HGA).

    Shell has been the title sponsor of the tournament since 1992.

    The Houston Golf Association has funded local youth-development programs since 1974. A total of $53.7 million has been donated to charities -- $48.7 million since Shell became the tournament's sponsor, according to the AP report.

    HGA President and CEO Steve Timms said the tournament lost approximately 20 percent of its sponsors from 2008 because of the national economic downturn. Last year's contribution was $2.395 million. The money benefits about 200 charities in the Houston area.

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