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Waste Management Golf Tournament Raises Over $500k for Local Charities

Kirkland Patch
The Lake Washington Schools Foundation, Hopelink and Mountains to Sound Greenway will benefit from the donations.

Waste Management raised more than $500,000 for local charities during its recent 2012 charity golf tournament, held in Redmond on Sept. 5 and 6.

More than 160 people, representing a variety of corporations throughout North America, played at The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge and attended an Wednesday evening event that brought in funding for local charities.

Among those participating in the two-day event were David Steiner, Chief Executive Officer of Waste Management and Jason Rose, new Area Vice President of Waste Management’s Pacific Northwest Area. Other special guests included City of Redmond Mayor John Marchione and City of Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride as well as area city council members.

The money raised will benefit the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, Hopelink and Mountains to Sound Greenway.

This is the first time the annual corporate event was held in the Pacific Northwest, and Waste Management says that more money was raised this year than any other golf tournament in the company's history.

“This year’s event was an outstanding success,” said Mary Evans, Waste Management Area Public Sector Director, in a press release.

The three recipient organizations will benefit from Waste Management’s donations in the following ways:

Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Waste Management’s contribution of $225,000 will complete the funding for three new “Signature Programs” within the new STEM High School: Environmental Engineering & Sustainable Design, Global Engineering and Medical Bio-Engineering.

Hopelink

Waste Management will be investing $150,000 to help Hopelink eradicate hunger through creating and implementing an inventory and logistics system for their five food banks located throughout King County.

Mountains to Sound Greenway

Waste Management’s investment of $150,000 is going to help fund the re-opening of the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River through more than 40 projects over the next two years.

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