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The 109’s Colonial Country Club recently hosted a breakfast to award $175,000 to various charities around Fort Worth, capping a year where $6.1 million has been raised through the efforts of the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Colonial and the PGA.

More than 130 Tarrant County charitable organizations will benefit from the donations.

The Crowne Plaza Invitational, which Colonial hosts every May, raised more than $4 million in the Birdies for Charity, in which organizations and individuals donated money for each birdie made during the tournament. The Birdies for Charity contest was the most successful event of its type on the PGA tour this year.

One of the beneficiaries of the donations is Safe Haven, an organization devoted to ending domestic violence.

“Victims of domestic violence need the help of the community, and Colonial meets those needs.” said Mary Lee Hafley, CEO of Safe Haven. Other beneficiaries include Cook Children’s Hospital, KinderFrogs School and Wings of Hope Equitherapy.

Organizations that received donations from the Birdies for Charity event included:

• All Church Home of Children
• Boys & Girls Club Arlington
• Boys & Girls Club of Fort Worth
• Camp Fire USA
• CASA of Tarrant County
• Child Study Center
• Cornerstone Assistance Network
• The First Tee of Arlington
• The First Tee of Fort Worth
• Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
• Gill Children’s Services
• H.O.P.E. Farm Inc.
• Junior League of Fort Worth
• Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
• Kids Who Care
• Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
• Lena Pope Home
• Presbyterian Night Shelter
• Texas Wesleyan University
• Union Gospel Mission
• United Community Centers
• The WARM Place
• YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
• Youth Orchestra of Fort Worth

Jeff Moten, president of Colonial, said donations like these are “an affirmation of the work of the tournament committee, membership, and our friends and neighbors.”
“They work hard all year long to make the community a better place,” Moten said. “Colonial Country Club and Crowne Plaza are glad to be a part of it.”