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07/22/2020

3M Open raises $1.5 million to support COVID-19 and social justice initiatives

3M Open officials announced July 22 the 2020 charitable giving efforts of the tournament with $1.5 million directed toward local nonprofit organizations focused on supporting individuals impacted by COVID-19 and those fighting for social justice initiatives. The 3M Open Fund will donate funds raised to select Minnesota charities and highlight the “Power of Community” throughout the event.

The 3M Open previously announced eight major charity partners for this year’s tournament: M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Greater Twin Cities United Way, VEAP, Urban Ventures, Lake Street Council, YWCA of Minneapolis, YWCA of St. Paul and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

“Thanks to the support we receive from so many, including our volunteers and corporate partners, the 3M Open Fund has this opportunity to partner with local organizations to assist others through awareness and financial means,” said Mike Welch, 3M Open tournament director. “One of the 3M Open Fund’s primary goals is to make this community stronger, and it is a mission our tournament staff takes seriously throughout the year, not just one week.”

Joseph Neglia, M.D., M.P.H., physician in chief of Masonic Children’s Hospital, said the support provided by the 3M Open helps to further their industry-leading pediatric COVID-19 care.

“Last year we were able to debut the 3M Open Plaza that provides patients and their families with events that create memorable experiences while they heal in our hospital, and we look forward to furthering additional programming this summer with them,” he said.

The tournament is also showcasing its community-themed message after partnering with local artist Adam Turman to unveil a “Power of Community” mural that will be featured during the live TV broadcast of the tournament.

The tournament takes place on July 23-26 at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. Fans around the world can watch tournament play on Golf Channel and CBS throughout the week. It will be conducted without spectators due to current guidelines related to COVID-19.

“Despite not having fans in attendance, the 3M Open will remain a platform to give back and build more resilient communities,” said Denise Rutherford, 3M senior vice president of corporate affairs and president of the 3M Open Fund. “We are excited to help bring professional sports back to Minnesota and showcase our vibrant culture and community.”

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